Enjoy delights of a Dickens

REHEARSALS are in full swing at Bishop Druitt College for a highly theatrical adaptation of Hard Times.

A talented young cast of 30 students from Years 7 to 11 feature in this fast-moving adaptation of Dickens' shortest novel.

Larger-than-life characters include the bombastic Mr Bounderby, the rigid Mr Gradgrind, the indefatigable Mrs Sparsit and his good-hearted 'little people', Stephen Blackpool and Sissy Jupe, will delight the audience in what promises to be entertaining performances and a splendid opportunity to introduce your family to the delights of Dickens.

“The cast is getting used to wearing skirts, petticoats and mop caps and addressing each other as sir and madam,” director Mark O'Brien said.

Kristin Weberbauer, who plays Miss Louisa Bounderby, a typical Dickens heroine, has been wearing a Victorian dress in rehearsal and says it really helps with her character.

“The costumes help to create the feeling of a different time and will help the audience to become involved with the story and characters - it has a message, but it also funny and moving,” she said.

The play is a state-of-the-nation tale that aimed to highlight the social and economic pressures that some people were experiencing and takes place in the fictitious Victorian industrialist Coketown, a generic town representative of Manchester of the 19th-century.

  • Performances will be held at the Bishop Druitt College Theatre at 7.30pm on March 31, April 1 and 2. Tickets are available at Bishop Druitt College Front Office ($10 or students $5). For more details contact 6651 5644.


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