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Take yourself on a journey back to 'Old World' Australia
Take yourself on a journey back to 'Old World' Australia in story full of heart, mischief and adventure in the Adelaide hills this June with the Hills Youth Theatre's performance of the classic story, Seven Little Australians.
Based on the novel by Ethel Turner, Seven Little Australians is the story of The Woolcot family – Captain John Woolcot from the NSW Regiment, his young second wife Esther and the adventures of his seven children in late 19th-century Sydney. The family lives in their large home by the Paramatta River. Captain Woolcot tries to run his household with regimental discipline but his rules and regulations are no match for his seven fun-loving children. The war of wills between the Captain and his troop of independent-minded sons and daughters is tempered by the gentle guidance of the children's kindhearted stepmother, Esther. Vivacious and unruly, Judy is the ringleader and leads her six siblings into constant trouble. A terrible tragedy reveals the true strength of the family's love.
Ethel Turner came to Australia England in 1870 when she was 10 years old. She showed a great love of literature and kept diaries for a remarkable 62 years, recording the details of her full and eventful life. In January 1893 she recorded in her diary, "Night started a new story that I shall call Seven Little Australians." Later that year, she finished the book, parcelled it up and sent it off to a publisher in Melbourne. Since then the book has sold over 2 million copies in the English language and has been reprinted over 50 times. It has been translated into at least 11 languages, been made into a film, television series for the BBC in 1953, the ABC in 1973 and performed as a stage play.
The story was originally adapted for the Hills Youth Theatre (HYT) stage by founder and patron, Joan Leslie, with further adaptations by Di Mason. Last performed at HYT in 2001 this classic story has been brought to life again in 2019 by Director Di Mason, and Assistant Director Sonja Zodrow. The large youth cast of HYT consistently deliver mature and engaging performances beyond their years, Seven Little Australians will be no exception. The show presents an endearing and emotional balance of historical Australiana and hardship of rural life with the excitement of and mischief of the Woolcot children, discovering the world around them and breaking the regime.
Hills Youth Theatre is a community based non-profit organisation that provides quality drama education and performance opportunities to children aged from 5 years through to young adult, in the Stirling and surrounding hills area. Commencing in 1986, it continues to provide quality drama education and performance opportunities to students aged from 5 to 25, in the Stirling and surrounding hills areas. Weekly classes and three performances a year are run in the Theatre under skilled local tutors. 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.
Seven Little Australians is a timeless classic, including Australian icons many will be familiar with. Performances play at the Stirling Community Theatre, 9 Avenue Rd Stirling from 21 to 30 June, 2019.
Friday, 21 June at 7:00pm Saturday 22 June at 6:00pm
Sunday, 23 June at 2.00pm
Friday, 28 June at 7:00pm Saturday 29 June at 6:00pm
Sunday, 30 June at 2.00pm
Tickets available through TryBooking - Adults $18, Child/concession $15, Family $60 (2 adults, 2 children).
My partner and I went to see this play. And were thoroughly impressed, the cast were superb well beyond their years in ability and the show brought back memories with the Maypole being one. We will defiately return for future events.