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Next Bay Players Show : Children of the Black Skirt

I know the next Bay Theatre production, Children of the Black Skirt, does not open until the end of the third week in September, and tickets are not yet on sale to the public. However, it is a different dynamic for a charity group availing of the theatre’s offer to the community to raise funds for their particular cause. The Friends of Maranatha Lodge have selected the Saturday matinee of the first weekend the show opens – Saturday 18th. In order to raise funds the group has to personally sell as many tickets as they personally can before ticket sales go on line for the public to purchase their own , and this won’t be all that long now. So it would be greatly appreciated if The Beagle could inform those in the community who might wish to contribute to this cause, that it is important to contact Heather Powell (me) as soon as possible and purchase, or at least book, a seat for the matinee. Not only will the audience be financially contributing for items that help enhance the personal quality of life for the residence to enjoy, especially for those with no family nearby to provide personal items, they will be having an opportunity of seeing how a thirteen and sixteen year old girl master roles, usually played by young adults who play the role of the teenage children.

I attended a rehearsal. The Queensland playwright, Angela Bezien, handles the theme of an orphanage from a really imaginative perspective, and I was staggered to see that the two children are on stage throughout. This is a huge ask of ones so young, and the enormous amount of work that will go into this show, with Lyn Sterling directing, certainly deserves full houses as a reward.

Being curious as to who originally came up with this idea of offering the public a chance to fund -raise, I spoke to Barbara Gellatly, a BTP Life Member, and without whom I very much doubt the Bay would have its own community theatre. Anyway, knowing Barb, I was not surprised to learn it was she who had come up with this idea – ages ago. It was a ploy to lure in audiences to see the show in the first week of its run, as so often locals missed out simply because the second and third weeks were booked out while the first week’s shows were half empty. Full houses for the opening shows spread the word in fine style as well as benefiting the group who personally sold as many tickets as they possibly could. Apparently the first group to avail of this fundraising scheme, decades back, was Bob Wiles and the Aussie Rules mob.

So to enquire about tickets ($35.00) for the Maranatha fundraiser matinee on Saturday 18th September, please contact Heather Powell by email : or on her mobile 0421 420 605 as soon as you possibly can.



Heather Powell