From left, Peter Western (set construction), Tim Gesell (Frank), Alan Steenholdt (Stephen) and Elsie
Steenholdt (Goodes Model) at a cast and crew meet and greet earlier this month.

THE cast and crew have been named and scripts have been distributed as excitement ramps up for Lyric Theatre’s next production, Ladies in Black.

Based on the book by Carolyn Burns, with music and lyrics by Tim Finn, and adapted from the novel The Women in Black by Madeleine St John, Ladies in Black is a musical set in 1950s Sydney.

Bookish school leaver Lisa, to be played by Jessica Geyer, joins the sales staff in fashionable department store, F.G.Goodes. Over a summer that changes her life, she befriends the colourful denizens of the women’s clothing department.

Each of the characters is on the precipice of change. Lisa is facing independence, working for a living and what it means to be a woman.

Sharing the stage with Jessica are Imogen Whittaker, Adrian Darakai, Kerryn Moren, Tim Gesell, Bron Croatto, Alan Steenhold, Keegan Just, Elly Poletti, Katherine Pegler, Meredith Birnie, Megan Kenny, Linda Hamilton, Kylie Osborne, Mark Eva, Burke Vanderzalm, Justine Camilleri, Lindy Waldron, Julie Curtis, Ella Osborne, Alison McIntyre and Elise Steenholt.

The production team includes Bernadette Grainger as director, Bron Kalos as choreographer, Ann Hemming as production manager, Colin Mitchell on set design, and Brian Ahern on costume design. Peter Western is in charge of set construction, Barb Fleming is instrumental musical director, vocal musical director is Elly Poletti, Sandra Rippingale is wardrobe supervisor and Kerry Thornton is director’s assistant.

The 12-week rehearsal period begins on June 27 with the 12-performance season opening on Friday, September 17. Tickets will go on sale about six weeks before the opening night and if the success of Lyric’s first post-COVID production is anything to go by, theatregoers will snap them up.