92 year old Mary Kell is looking forward to her debut with the The Moruya Red Door Theatre Company's next production, All in a Nights Work.
"I remember acting out stories when I was a child and at age 6 I played a doll “who came to life” in an amateur theatre production. "My mother kept the newspaper report of the play and I still have that newspaper, dated 1932. My most prolific time in amateur theatre came when we moved to Dorrigo in 1973, and with the youngest of my five children in his final years at school I joined the Dorrigo Dramatic Club. "Over the next 40 years I produced, directed and acted in many productions, the most memorable and successful being “Oliver” in 1989 and “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1992, both of which I produced and directed with the assistance of a Musical Director.
"When I knew I was moving to Moruya with my youngest daughter and Son in Law the first thing I asked was “Is there an amateur theatre group there?”, and the answer was “No”! "However, we arrived in time to see the very first production of Red Door Theatre, and what joy. We couldn’t wait to join in."
"I was happy to be involved backstage with last year’s production of Peter Pan, the Eurobodalla Chapter, and humbled to be asked by our Director Linda Heald, this year, to enact a song that has long been a favourite of hers. I even get to dance a little in the piece, which keeps me on my toes!I encourage you to come, support, and enjoy the Red Door theatre production."
The play will perform at: The Moruya Primary School (Evans St) 7pm Fri 22 June and 2pm 23 June then is taken on the road to the Narooma Kinema 7.30pm 30 June and Central Tilba 2pm 1 July. Tickets available at the door, or at Moruya Books, Mockingbird Lane Antiques Tilba, the Kinema or Bayside Therapies or on line at southcoasttickets.
Above: Mary Kell, 92, rehearses for her role in the Red Door Theatre's latest production, 'All in a Night's Work', with fellow actor Anthony Mayne. Photo: Jake Traynor.