"I loved the TV show and watched it as often as it was on television," she said. "I wanted to direct it on stage but, at the same time, I didn't want to just take a couple of episodes as others have done – it's too hard to pick!
"So I hunted around and managed to find a written script. Seven years later, it's finally coming to the stage." Originally scheduled for April last year, the production had to be delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
"When we finally got re-scheduled, I lost a couple of original cast members who couldn't commit to the new dates so had to hunt around and find replacements. As hard as all that's been, I have a wonderful cast and the show will be great."
Becoming involved in theatre while in high school, Kelly has never looked backed and has performed with Garrick, Phoenix and Roleystone Theatres over the past 10 years. She started Laughing Horse Productions with her former husband in 2012 and has directed various shows that have produced winners of acting awards.
"The biggest thing I want to ensure with The Vicar of Dibley is that I'm not producing a copy of the TV show," she said. "This is an interpretation. I'm trying to honour the original show and having the right cast, who understands that, helps in a big way.
"The fact the script we're working off has never been produced in WA before means the show is already something the audience wouldn't have previously seen."
"When it comes to playing a well-known character from a TV show, it's understandable the audience will expect to see what they know. The biggest challenge is portraying the character in a way the audience will recognise while still making the role my own."
"I've always enjoyed The Vicar of Dibley and could see myself playing the role," Peter said. "After playing Rene in 'Allo 'Allo, Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances and Mr Rumbold in Are You Being Served?, it was an easy yes when Kelly asked me to take on the role of David."
The Vicar of Dibley plays 7.30pm May 14, 15, 21 and 22 with 2pm matinees May 15 and 22. Tickets are $25, $23 concession – book at www.koorliny.com.au. The Koorliny Arts Centre is at 10 Hutchins Way, Kwinana.