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Jul 18

Rep show a sell-out

Gladys (Pene Day) and Florence (Jennifer Slater) performing as part of the Ulverstone Repertory Theatre’s The Last Resort.THE Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society’s latest production resonated with audiences throughout the North-West Coast, according to producer Melissa Budgeon.
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Ms Budgeon said The Last Resort sold out the Leven Theatre consistently throughout its final weekend.

“The last two shows were a complete sell-out, we had to turn people away,” Ms Budgeon said.

The show’s run of seven performances were held from October 10-25.

The Last Resort was directed by society life member Kerry Gillard and starred cast members Eddie Robert, Rodney O’Rourke, David Dry, Bec Morris, Gail French, Heather Ward, Andrea Harding, Pamela Mitchell, Pene Day and Jennifer Slater.

Ms Budgeon said the light-hearted comedy, set in the “Happy Daze” retirement village, captured the imagination of audiences.

“We had quite a bit of feedback saying it was pretty funny but also a bit scary,” she said.

“There’s a couple of scenes where the cast members are talking about their aches and pains and it’s all very reflective of the experience of growing old.

“One of the characters had Alzheimer’s and there’s quite a few gags about him going to the fridge and getting mayonnaise and not knowing whether he was going to use it or put it back.

“It’s all very funny but a lot like what life is like in a retirement home.”

Ms Budgeon said more than 1500 people flocked to the Leven Theatre to see The Last Resort.

An experienced producer, Ms Budgeon said producing The Last Resort was “a very rewarding challenge”.

“This is exactly the type of show the Ulverstone Repertory Theatre is renowned for,” she said.

“It’s lighthearted and pretty simple but there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

“We all had great fun creating it and the cast members were all a bit sad when our run of shows ended.”

The Repertory Theatre Society will now turn its attention to the 2015 theatre season.

Ms Budgeon said a youth production of Aladdin was next for the society.

“Every two years we like to do a children’s production to make sure we’re getting the young people in the region involved,” she said.

The society will start its audition process for Aladdin in March next year.

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