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Secret Bridesmaids' Business @ Old Mill

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Sex, Secrets and Sugar Highs
It is the night before Meg Bacon's wedding. She is with her mother and the bridesmaids in a hotel, ready for one last night of girlie fun.

But if you knew a secret that could shatter the bride dream the night before her wedding, would you tell? One lie or one truth could change everything and the bridesmaids have to decide whether to reveal a secret about the groom.

Secret Bridesmaids Business
Bridesmaids Angela (Elethea Sartorelli, left,) and Lucy (Nicole Meyer, right) know something about the groom (Bennet Andrews) the bride (Rebekah Easton) doesn't in "Secret Bridesmaids' Business"

That's the premise of the Old Mill Theatre's first production for 2013, Secret Bridesmaids' Business, written by Elizabeth Coleman and directed by Mary Wolfla.

Secret Bridesmaids' Business was made into a 2002 telemovie with Vince Colosimo, while playwright Coleman is also known for It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To).

Wolfla chose to direct the play because she believes it has elements almost everyone can relate to if they have been involved in a wedding, whether as the bride and groom, planning the event or as guests.

I also love comedies and the play is full of strong and funny characters," she said.

Secret Bridesmaids Business
Sue Lynch, Bennet Andrews and Rebekah Easton

The biggest challenge is trying not to laugh too much during rehearsals, although it's a wonderful problem to have."

Involved in theatre while at high school in Idaho, Wolfla became serious about the performing arts when studying drama and speech education at Butler University in Indianapolis.

She moved to Sydney in 2006 and worked as a stage manager for various companies before coming to Perth in 2010 to work as education and administration officer for Buzz Dance Theatre, also working at the Old Mill Theatre on The Shape Of Things, Daisy Pulls It Off and Parramatta Girls in the past few years.

With Secret Bridesmaids' Business, I am blessed to work with a group of talented actors who have taken the development of their characters seriously and have added layers of comedy I would have never been able to just through direction," Wolfla said.

Secret Bridesmaids Business
Rebekah Easton, centre, is the bride-to-be on stage with Elethea Sartorelli, left, and Nicole Meyer as her bridesmaids

The elegant bridal wear was provided by Elegant Amore

Secret Bridesmaids' Business plays at 8pm, February 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, and 16 with a 2pm matinee February 10.

Tickets are $25, $20 concession book on 9367 8719, or online at the Old Mill website.

The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on Mends Street, South Perth, opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post.

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Why? Laughs, Lies and Wedding Cake
When: 8:00pm and 2:00pm (Matinee)
Phone: 0434 860 780
Where: Old Mill Theatre, Cnr Mends St & Mill Point Road, South Perth
Cost: $20-$25
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