DIRECTORS: Sarah Trama & Chris Gordon
PRODUCERS: Jane Van Dorp & Debbie Guymer
MUSICAL DIRECTION TEAM: Marianne Powles, Phil Fraser, Deb McConnell
CHOREOGRAPHER: Hannah Cotton
About Time is a musical revue that will take audiences time travelling across the last 100 years of musicals.
Sarah Trama, co-director of About Time, said that the idea started with a plan to celebrate the Roaring 20s on their 100th anniversary.
“I’m a huge fan of that period and since next year is the beginning of the Twenties, we looked at performing Chicago,” she said.
“Unfortunately it wasn’t available because it’s being performed professionally. That led to thinking about a musical revue featuring songs from across the last 100 years.
“Chris [Gordon] and I talked about what songs we wanted to use… songs that would highlight each decade but also help us tell a story. Chris wrote a script to tie it together, and About Time is the result.
Chris Gordon said the format of the script was similar to Villains and Vixens, the revue performed by RHMTC in 2017, although the story was quite different.
“With Villains, we experimented with having two characters that introduce the songs but were characters in their own right, and their discussion provided a story that’s more than just a concert of songs,” he said.
“If we do the job right, people will feel like they’ve experienced a full-blown musical that takes them through an emotional journey.
“This is a very different story than Villains and Vixens. The two characters are time travellers who head back through time to investigate a glitch in time, but there’s another story layered beneath it.”
Another difference between this production and Villains and Vixens will be the costuming and dance.
“In Villains, the cast all wore black and the movement was quite minimal to create an intimacy to match the venue, the Old Marian College Chapel,” Sarah explained.
“In About Time we want to reflect the time periods with suitable costume and dance from the eras, so it will be a bigger production and a bigger challenge.”
About Time will be performed from 7pm on Friday March 20, Saturday March 21, Friday March 27, Saturday March 28, Friday April 3 and Saturday April 4, along with matinees from 2pm on Sunday March 22, and Sunday March 29.
Tickets can be purchased on TryBooking at www.trybooking.com/BIEVN, or at the Goulburn Medical Clinic in McKell Place, or at the door for each show.
RFS or SES members who attend on the opening night shall be admitted free if they show RFS or SES ID at the door.