THE Boy From Oz, the Peter Allen musical, opened in the refurbished Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre last weekend to ‘sold out’ houses and rave reviews.
The latest installment from this award-winning local company featured a simply stunning performance by one of South Gippsland’s own, Josh Gardiner, who carried the show on his back through a huge program of numbers from ‘Not the Boy Next Door’ to ‘I honestly love you’, ‘Tenterfield Saddler’ and ‘Rio’.
Just as engaging as his singing was his interaction with the audience, a unique feature of the Boy From Oz.
Supporting him in sparkling style was Abby Boucher in her first major role in a community musical, as Liza Minelli, and Bron Kalos, last year’s Music Theatre Guild of Victoria winner, this time as Judy Garland.
Lachie Moore, Jazz Kaye and the Young Peters – Coby Fowles and Taj Cooper – all performed strongly and earned high praise.
But without doubt the other stars of the show where the incredible costumes by artistic director Colin Mitchell and his amazing team of sewers and wardrobe assistants.
Director Brad Beach, choreographer Rose Wray-McCann, musical director Kirk Skinner, his pianist David Dower and their orchestra all distinguished themselves.
And the ensemble, including those who played small but important roles, also had their moment in the spotlight. There’s a featured chorus line too that was a huge hit. It’s a thoroughly engaging and entertaining show – don’t miss it.
The production is heavily sold on TryBooking, via the wtg.org.au website with next Saturday’s matinee (June 2) already sold out and only limited tickets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (twilight) but tickets are still in good supply for this Thursday, May 31 and the following week, from Thursday, June 7 to Sunday, June 10.
Boy from Oz a bewdy, mate!