Imagine you get up one morning, make yourself toast and a cup of tea and sit down to read the paper. You leisurely turn to the classifieds and scan down the For Sale ads, the Garage Sales, the Public Notices ……. and then you see it. An obscure little entry ……
A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 13th
at Little Paddocks at 6:30pm. Friends accept this, the only intimation.
At first funny, then a little odd you begin to wonder – Is this a joke, perhaps a little macabre, maybe it’s a themed party, it couldn’t be a threat ….. could it? It’s probably just nothing ….. then again?
This is the set up for the Highlands Theatre Group’s latest offering, the Agatha Christie mystery A Murder Is Announced. Fortunately Miss Marple happens to be around to help the characters work it out.
Ironically the play opens in 4 weeks on Friday 13th at the Mittagong Playhouse. Given how busy the holidays can get, why not book it in now so you can just forget about it until the silly season is over! A little bird tells me that this has a very strong cast and that rehearsals are going very well indeed so you should be in for a real Agatha Christie treat! As always, opening night tickets are a steal at just $18* so get in quick! Just call Tourism Southern Highlands 0n 1300 657 559.
WHERE: Mittagong Playhouse, cnr Old Hume Hwy & Bowral Rd, Mittagong
WHEN: February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 &28 at 8pm
February 15 & 22 at 2pm
TICKETS: Opening Night Special – all tickets $18
Adults: $22, Concession: $20, Family Tickets $69 (2 adults and 2 age
children with additional children at $5 each) Group prices also available
*booking fees apply
BOOKINGS: online at www.htg.org.au and click on the big yellow ‘BOOK button or visit or
call Southern Highlands Tourism on 1300 657 559
Tickets are now available for the Agatha Christie thriller Ä Murder is Announced” Dates are Friday 13th, 20th and 27th February at 8pm, Saturday 14th, 21st and 28th February at 8pm, and Sunday 15th February and 22nd February at 2pm. Venue is the Mittagong Playhouse. See you there! For bookings follow the link
A well-attended Information Night and Auditions were held and rehearsals are now under way. The successful panel-decided cast is as follows:
Miss Marple Jan Merriman
Letitia Blacklock Maryanne Bawden
Dora Bunner Kirrily Hope
Clara Swettenham Peta Robinson
Julia Simmonds Tiana Hope-Nicholson
Philippa Haymes Emma Llewelyn
Mitzi Kirsty Clancy
Inspector Craddock Stephen Gray
Sergeant Mellors Tyler Cross
Patrick Simmonds Thomas Moss
Edmund Swettenham Sam Mills
Rudi Scherz Jonathan Mills
As you may know, we generally start the year with a big musical. Frensham however, could only offer us Clubbe Hall for the Easter weekend, through the school holidays and finishing on Anzac Day. Obviously that would knock a number of actors/actresses out from auditioning, it would have an effect on audience numbers and more importantly it would also reduce our number of performances as the Southern Highlands Concert Band has some other engagements that conflict with this period.
So, the committee has made the decision to run one play first (Agatha Christie’s – A Murder is Announced – SEE INFO BELOW), then the musical followed by another play at the end of the year. It is envisaged that OKLAHOMA will open in the middle of the year and as soon as we have dates we will let you know.
HTG’s next show will be the Agatha Christie whodunnit “Ä Murder is Announced”. The background goes like this:
“An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.”
The cast comprises seven women and five men. Ages for both range from 20’s – 70’s. One of the young women needs to be able to carry an Eastern European accent while all the others need to be able to carry a standard English accent.
The show will be performed in February 2015
Information Night: Mon Dec 1 at 7:30pm
At The Church Of Christ, 56 Wingecarribee St, Bowral – opp Police Station
Auditions: Sun Dec 7 at 1-4pm
At St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Bendooley St, Bowral – opp Corbett Gdns
For info phone Director Ebony Hope on 0411 464 833
To help behind the scenes, phone Nicole on 4861 4759
THE GHOST TRAIN
Get Haunted At The Playhouse
Following their highly successful show CHICAGO earlier this year, the Highlands Theatre Group are proud to present their second offering for 2014, the William Arnold Ridley play, The Ghost Train.
Although this play is billed as a mystery thriller, it starts off on a very light note with lots of laughs and seamlessly transitions from comedy to thriller, which is no surprise given that the writer – (William) Arnold Ridley is better known for his performance as Private Charles Godfrey in the British sitcom – Dad’s Army. Assistant Director Steve Clancy adds that there is a very strong comedic vein throughout the whole show – straight out comedy, awkward laughs at a characters expense and eventually black comedy which adds to the roller coaster ride that underpins a good thriller.
To enjoy this play about passengers stranded overnight in a haunted railway station …… no doubt on a cold Southern Highlands night that sets the tone, visit the Highlands Theatre Group website http://www.htg.org.au and click on the yellow BOOK button or alternatively, visit or call Tourism Southern Highlands at Mittagong on 1300 657 559.
Dates are July 18, 19, 25, 26, Aug 1 and 2 at 8pm and July 20 and 27 at 2pm at the Mittagong Playhouse on the corner of Old Hume Highway and Bowral Road, Mittagong. Tickets range from $18 on opening night to $22 – booking fees apply.
Hope to see you there!
Ghost Train will be performed at the Mittagong Playhouse on the following dates:
Friday 18th July at 8pm
Saturday 19th July at 8pm
Sunday 20th July Matinee at 2pm
Friday 25th July at 8pm
Saturday 26th July at 8pm
Sunday 27th July Matinee at 2pm
Friday 1st August at 8pm
Saturday 2nd August at 8pm.
Bookings are now open – see “bookings”page