COLAC theatre manager Karen Patterson says this year’s theatre season will reflect a myriad of Australian stories.
Ms Patterson unveiled Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre’s 2012 Colac Herald theatre season with the help of performer Rhonda Burchmore.
Ms Patterson said the season’s 22 shows featured a mix of dramatic performances, musicals, comedies and family shows.
“It all comes down to great stories being told, that’s why people go to the theatre – to see their stories and hear other people’s stories, and that’s what this theatre season is all about,” she said.
Ms Patterson said she was excited to feature two shows from award-winning Australian playwright David Williamson in the season.
“The drama season is bookended by two David Williamson plays, Let the Sunshine and Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica – which I saw in Sydney and it’s hilarious,” Ms Patterson said.
“Then we’ve got Tim Winton, one of Australia’s most celebrated writers who is more known for his adult fiction, turning it around and doing the amazingly funny The Bugalugs Bum Thief for children,” she said.
“And then beyond Australia we’ve got two worldwide classics of two different times – James and the Giant Peach and the classic Treasure Island.
“As well as all of that, we’ve got some fabulous household names, including Rhonda Burchmore performing her show Legs 11, Tom Burlinson with Now We’re Swingin’, and then we’ve got a great cast for Biddies, which is a celebration of mature Australian women.”
The Biddies cast includes Jeanie Drynan of Muriel’s Wedding, Maggie Blinco of McLeod’s Daughters and Linden Wilkinson of Home and Away.
Ms Patterson said the theatre line-up took two years to develop.
“There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes before the season is announced, including everything from readings scripts, talking to producers and previewing shows to make sure we can offer the very best.”