OCPAC presents Sweet Charity
OCPAC are thrilled to be bringing Sweet Charity to the stage this September for eight shows only.
What is your religion? Charity Hope Valentine believes in love, and as a taxi-dancer at the seedy Fandango Ballroom she is prepared to work her way through every ‘Big Spender’ in New York City to find it. But after her latest flame steals her bag and pushes her in Central Park Lake, Charity is determined to find ‘Something Better Than This’. After dancing her way through ‘The Rich Man’s Frug’ at the star-studded Pompeii club, and getting higher than the ‘Rhythm of Life’ under the Manhattan bridge, has Charity finally found the man she has been looking for in Oscar, a claustrophobic tax accountant? The love they share may make Charity feel like a ‘Big Brass Band’ but there is one little problem, how will Oscar react when he discovers his Charity is not as sweet as she appears?
OCPAC has brought together a stellar team to bring this incredible story to life. Leading the way is Director, Evan Lever. Lever has an extensive list of professional credits to his name; most recently performing in the Australian tour of Anything Goes with Caroline O’Connor and Todd McKenney. Stepping into the role of Choreographer is seasoned professional, Michelle Smitheram. Smitheram has come straight from the Australian Premiere of Dream Lover featuring David Campbell, and was part of the original Australian tour of Jersey Boys. Rounding out the creative team is Sam Ward, OCPAC alumni, who is about to make his Production Company debut in their upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar starring Rob Mills. The creative team will be returning this classic to the stage under the watchful and creative instruction of our Producer, Lachlan Graham.
Josie Marchant will lead a talented cast filled with aspiring performers in the title role of Charity Hope Valentine. A unanimous pick for the creative team, her comic timing, acting chops, dancing flare and powerful voice blew the team away and they can’t wait to watch her lead the rest of this cast. Full cast list is available on our website.
On Tuesday 19th September we will be hosting a “Charity for Charity” performance where $3 from each ticket sold will be donated to White Ribbon Australia. Sweet Charity follows the story of a woman searching for the right man to care and love for her, and treat her well. OCPAC want to assist in preventing men’s violence against women in the real world and create a future where all women live in safety, free from all forms of men’s violence.
About Old Carey Performing Arts Club (OCPAC)
OCPAC started eight years ago, initiated by a group of school friends who wanted to continue creating and performing quality productions after they had finished school. The community has continued to grow exponentially within the Carey alumni and wider theatrical community in Melbourne. Highlights include OCPAC’s 2014 return season of Seussical: The Musical for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and performing alongside the Australian cast of Kinky Boots at the AFL’s inaugural 2016 Pride Match. Most recently, OCPAC’s production of Catch Me If You Can was awarded 5 Guild Awards, including Best Direction, Choreography and Musical Direction.
SWEET CHARITY – SEASON DETAILS
Show: Sweet Charity
Venue: MGH, Carey Baptist Grammar School, Bakers Rd, Kew
Dates: Friday 15th September – Saturday 23rd September 2017
Tickets: Full $35, Student $30, Group (+10) $25
Friday 15th September – 7:30pm (Opening Night)
Saturday 16th September – 7:30pm
Monday 18th September – 7:30pm
Tuesday 19th September – 7:30pm (Charity Donation Performance)
Thursday 21st September – 7:30pm
Friday 22nd September – 7:30pm
Saturday 23rd September – 2:00pm (Matinee)
Saturday 23rd September – 7:30pm (Closing Night)