Rathdowney State School to hold theatre restaurant production

PIRATE PRINCE: Denise Henderson, Wayne Wieland and Alan Stick in last year's theatre restaurant presentation at Rathdowney State School. Photo: Supplied
PIRATE PRINCE: Denise Henderson, Wayne Wieland and Alan Stick in last year's theatre restaurant presentation at Rathdowney State School. Photo: Supplied

RATHDOWNEY State School has opened bookings for their theatre restaurant performance of Jungle Fever.

School principal and director of this year's play, Tina van Bennekom, said every three years since 1992, the school and the P and C organised a community theatre restaurant to raise funds for the school with the main focus being on raising the funds needed to subsidise the cost of sending the senior students in years four to six to Sydney, Canberra, the snow and the Blue Mountains.

"These events have become much anticipated by members of the local and wider Rathdowney community," Ms van Bennekom said.

"The cast is made up of members of the community whose only acting experience has been in these shows, as well as seasoned actors from local theatre groups and BAMS Theatre Inc.

"BAMS have always been great supporters of our theatre restaurants over the years, lending us their expertise, sometimes costumes, and equipment."

Ms van Bennokom said the cast had fun putting the show together and there were lots of laughs along the way.

"This year's show is very similar to previous shows such as Harem Scarem, The Pirate Prince and Ma Baker's Tonic, so fans of previous shows won't be disappointed," she said.

"The show promises to be another hilarious production showing off the talents of members of the local community with risqué jokes, toe-tapping songs for the audience to sing and dance along with, and a couple of the usual audience participation segments that always go down a treat.

"The plot is set in the African jungle. It features two retired British army colonels, a group of men-starved women who belong to the Helefant tribe, a witch doctor, an evil temptress, and a camp African jungle guide who leads a reluctant jungle patrol deep into the jungle to find a lost heiress.

"For a genuinely fun night out, with lots of laughs and great food, it's hard to beat this show."

Ms van Bennekom said bookings were filling fast for the second weekend (August 2 and 3) but there were plenty of seats still available for the opening weekend of the show (July 26 and 27 or matinee on July 28).

Because the show contains adult humour, Ms van Bennekom said it would be unsuitable for children.

For bookings phone the school on 55 404 333 or Janine on 0427 847 955.