Where are the men?
By BELINDA SCOTT
FRIENDS, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears... eyes... bodies... voices ? anything. The situation is desperate and the Upper Orara Melodrama is at stake. The Coffs Coast's famous raunchy annual melodrama is due to start rehearsals and the organisers have no cast. The president of the Upper Orara Public School P&C, Jacqui Wills, said the little country school support group was really struggling, with many veteran performers having retired. "Apart from a stall at the Orara Valley Fair, this is our only fundraiser for the school," she said. "The annual melodrama raises $8000 for school projects as well as paying a large percentage of excursion costs for the children, so they will be really disadvantaged if it doesn't go ahead. "It's really dire. "We need bodies on stage, we're already late starting and if we don't get them in the next week or so, the melodrama won't go ahead." This year's melodrama directors are Judy Foster-Brown, who co-directed Coffs Harbour's recent production of Oklahoma, and melodrama veteran Sue Binsted. Ms Binsted said they already had a good script with a Roman theme and could offer interested people transport from town. Gladiators, senators and other Roman notables are needed, as the play has a cast of 20 people, including 10 or 11 men. "Cast members have a ball," Ms Binsted said. No previous acting or singing experience is required, the production is famous for its creative use of 'bloopers' and those who join in are guaranteed lots of bad jokes and raucous singing. Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Upper Orara Hall and the show will be performed on the last two weekends of October and the first two weekends of November. Inquiries: Judy Foster-Brown 6652 1625 (AH).