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Calendar Girls Closes

All good things must come to an end, and that was certainly the case of Milton Follies triumphant production of Calendar Girls which closed with a full house on Sunday 11th November. The show, seen by over a thousand people, was a huge success, with audiences treated to a heart warming show with bold performances which made them laugh uproariously one minute and move them to tears the next.

Calendar Girls came together as a result of six months of hard work. Director Diana Falloon knew how much potential the show had, and kept a firm hand on bringing her vision to life. Allan and Jann Dean, new to the area, brought a wealth of experience, talent and hard work to their roles of Producer and Props Manager, and brought the show to flower – as those of you who were blown away by the calendar shoot and final sunflower scene will attest! Superbly wrangled by our Stage Manager Jennifer Sach and her stage crew, cast and props were always where they meant to be, when they were meant to be there, and mostly in correct costumes thanks to Costume Manager Ash Howes. The unflappable Hair and Makeup team, headed by Renee Morgan and Ingrid Elenius, were their usual fabulous selves, and helped the cast to stride on stage and into character. We also owe our Lighting Designer, Claire Kirk-Downey, a debt of gratitude. Her work was magnificent, but the funeral and letters scene were both particularly given an additional emotional punch by her design. We would have also been lost without our safety net, Prompt Cath Tidbury, who attended every rehearsal and knew the show backwards. A huge thanks also goes to Steve Sayers, for his tireless work as Sponsorship Officer and FOH manager, as well as to all the volunteers who helped both front and back of stage. Follies also would like to acknowledge the hard work and support offered by Billy and the UHS Entertainment students.

Finally, a word about our cast. Many of our cast had not worked together before, nor taken on roles that stretched or challenged them as much as this show did. Calendar Girls is first and foremost about friendship, and that’s what this show created in abundance for our performers. There’s nothing like choreographing public nudity with random props and lighting covers to promote trust and respect within a group – and that comes only after multiple rehearsals full of hysterical laughter and dawning realisation that yes, this is actually going to happen! Having the show so well received – and being met with wave upon wave of raucous laughter which you think has peaked but then gets even louder – has been an experience they will never forget.

As always, thank you to our sponsors and to our community. We look forward to building on the success of Calendar Girls.

Photo Credit : Anna Rosenzweig

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Little Mermaid to make a splash

Disney fans will flock to the Milton Theatre to see stunning teen songstress Brea Holland as Ariel in the hit musical Little Mermaid Junior in June 2016.

The Milton Follies will present six magical shows at the historic theatre, opening on Friday June 10.

Starring Ulladulla’s Australia Day Music Scholarship winner and Milton Voice winner Brea Holland as Princess Ariel, plus an all-singing, all-dancing cast, the show is sure to be a hit with lovers of princess stories of all ages.

The energetic cast of 46 young performers will bring the Disney story to life in a show featuring the well-known songs Part of Your World, Under the Sea and Kiss The Girl.

Show director Lloyd McDonald said the musical was sure to be popular and the cast and crew were ready to wow audiences.

“This is a really big show, with lots of music, dancing and energy,” he said.

“The performers may be young, but they will bring loads of talent to the stage.

“The Milton Follies is a community theatre group, however we strive to put on a professional show.”

The Little Mermaid Jr follows on the from the Follies’ sell-out production of the Seussical Jr musical last year.

Shows will be held on Friday June 10 at 7pm, Saturday June 11 at 5pm and Sunday June 12 at 2pm and again the following weekend June 13-15 at the same times.

Tickets are $20 and available from the website: miltonfollies.org or from Splatters in Milton.

Lloyd said the June long-weekend was an ideal time for people to invite family and friends to the show and make the most of Milton’s wonderful eateries and shops.

“What an ideal way to spend a long weekend on the coast – with a great show at the Milton Theatre and good food.”

 

ABOUT THE SHOW: Somewhere under the sea, and beyond your imagination, adventure awaits! Join Ariel, a headstrong young mermaid, who longs to be part of the magical world on land, much to the dismay of her father King Triton. When Ariel falls in love with a human prince, she trades her voice to the diabolical sea witch, Ursula, for legs. Ariel and her friends – shy, lovable Flounder and Sebastian, a reggae-singing crab – must win her prince’s love in a thrilling race against time! Featuring the much loved songs, “Under the Sea”, “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl”.