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Flappers - A Roaring 20's Musical

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“Ev’rybody Charleston” your way to this crowd pleaser
In the 1920s, a new woman was born. She smoked, drank, danced, and voted. She cut her hair, wore make-up, and listened to jazz music. She was a flapper.

The senior students of The Hills Youth Theatre are proud to present Flapper, A 'Roaring 20's Musical' by Tim Kelly and Bill Francoeur this August.

The term "flapper" is described in Atlantic Monthly (June 1922 edition) by G. Stanley Hall, defining the origin of the word as a fledgling, yet in the nest, and vainly attempting to fly while its wings have only pinfeathers; the comparison was immediately drawn to the young women of the era. With so many men away at war, social convention was turned on its head and young ladies entered the work force, stopped waiting for proposals and started misbehavin'.

The characters of Flappers, Hills Youth Theatre
The effervescent characters of Flappers, A Roaring 20's Musical

After the war, the 'Roaring Twenties' was such a colourful decade. The story Flapper, A 'Roaring 20's Musical' introduces Polly Pepper, a young flapper who really knows how to live in the time of racoon coats, beauty contests, goldfish swallowers and gangsters. Polly is about to turn 18 and will then inherit a fabulous diamond necklace called the 'Ice Garden'. She's planning a madcap birthday party and inviting all her pals however, with a friend like Susan Stuyvesant-Fish, she doesn't need any enemies! Polly's new boyfriend, Buck Wayne, wouldn't miss the birthday bash for anything, but there's trouble ahead… Mobsters are planning to grab the necklace. The story introduces characters like Mona of the Crazy Cat Club, Monica Woodsquirrel of Radio Station WWWW atop Hotel Times Square, crime fighter Lieutenant Fluke and 'Flagpole Sitter' Lenny Knickerbocker. The songs are sensational, including 'The Roaring Twenties', 'It Has to be Jazz', 'Mona's Moaning Low', and many more.

Fox Trotting on from the heels of the most recent show Anne of Green Gables, HYT is a community based non-profit organisation which provides quality drama education and performance opportunities to students aged from 5 to 25, in the Stirling and surrounding hills areas. The aim of classes is to provide a fun approach to dramatic art through practical experience, that is, drama games and other drama skills. Many former students would be able to fondly reminisce of their time at HYT and attest to the skills, value and experience learnt through drama tuition and performance.

Flappers, A Roaring 20's Musical, Hills Youth Theatre
Cast and director, Judy Sampson of Flappers, A Roaring 20's Musical

Stage Whispers magazine enthusiastically states 'this musical is a hidden gem'. "Ev'rybody Charleston" your way over to this sure-fire audience pleaser!

"She is easy in her manners. She bears herself with dignity in all societies. She is graceful, rosy, healthy, appetising."
H. L Mencken, The Flapper, 1922

Performances will be held at Stirling Community Theatre, 7 Avenue Road, Stirling on:

Saturday 8th August at 7pm

Sunday 9th August at 2pm
Friday 14th August at 7pm
Saturday 15th August at 5pm
Sunday 16th August at 2pm

To see current show details or to purchase tickets please visit .

Prices are:
adults $15,
child/concession $12,
family $48 (2 adults, 2 children).

Kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite story book character for a walk on stage
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Why? A musical gem celebrating the eclectic 1920's
When: Saturday, 8 - Sunday 16 august
Phone: 0406959267
Where: Stirling Community Theatre, 7 Avenue Road, Stirling
Cost: $15
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