“Roo” Webber will be played by Shane Webb, and “Barney” Ibbot played by Roy Nunn.
Each year, Roo and Barney travel south to Melbourne after cane cutting season for five months of frivolity and celebration with two, city women: Olive Leech and her friend Nancy.
For the past seventeen years, Roo has brought with him a gift of Olive: a kewpie doll. On this particular occasion we learn that Nancy has married some months earlier, so Olive has invited Pearl Cunningham to partake in the tradition.
Olive Leech will be played by Sharon Vassallo, and Pearl Cunningham will be played by Suze Harpur.
Also appearing in this production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll will be:
· Ashley Mullins as Bubba Ryan, Olive’s 22 year-old neighbour who has coveted both Olive’s and Nancy’s lifestyle for almost all her life.
· Jan Nary as Olive’s cynical, but wise, mother Emma.
· Dallas Fogarty in the role of Johnny Dowd, the young, gun- sugarcane cutter on Roo’s and Barney’s team. Johnny is intent on proving that he is the best.
The production team from MTG who will work under director Ray Noonan to bring this classic piece of theatre to the stage is: Ann Leung, Assistant Director; stage managers – Ian Munday and Linelle Taylor; technical support provided by Mike and Elisabeth Daniell, and costuming coordinated by Theresa Twigg.
Patrons familiar with previous MTG productions should be aware of a venue change for Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. MTG will be utilising the resources of Hilliard State School to present seven performances of this famous and defining piece of Australian theatre from November 3 to 18.