Director: Bernadette Grainger
Musical Directors: Instrumental – Barb Fleming & Vocal – Elly Poletti
Choreographer: Bron Kalos
Set Design: Colin Mitchell
Costume Design: Vicky Bristow/Sandy Rippingale
Production Manager: Ann Hemming
Set in Sydney in the 1950s, the musical tells the story of bookish school leaver, Lisa, who joins the sales staff in the fashionable department store, F.G.Goodes. Over a summer that changes her life, she befriends the colourful denizens of the women’s clothing department. Each of the characters is on the precipice of change. Lisa is facing independence, working for a living and what it means to be a woman.
Minimum 8 females & 3 males – potentially up to 11 females & 6 males
(Ages are listed as a guide only)
LISA – A thin, shy, 16 year old bookworm, who is described as having neither style nor beauty, yet she emerges with both at the end of the story. Highly intelligent and desperate to learn more about literature, her holiday job at Goodes teaches her more about life than she could have imagined. G#3-D5.
MYRA/DAWN – Both are mid to late 20s. Myra is Fay’s best friend – buxom, cheerful and out for a good time. Dawn is Patty’s sister – forthright, cynical and rough round the edges. A3-B4.
PATTY – A 32 year old, unhappily married shop assistant at Goodes. She has failed to have a baby and her husband is chronically uncommunicative. She has become stitched up and a little malicious as a result. Underneath she is vulnerable and unhappy. G3-Eb5.
FRANK – Patty’s 35 year old husband. Described by others as ‘gormless’, Frank is a tile salesman with little ambition or vitality. Humiliated by his potential responsibility for his childless marriage, he hides his low self-esteem in taciturn introspection. G#2-G4.
MAGDA – An exotic Hungarian, 40 -60. In charge of Model Gowns at Goodes, she is the embodiment of European style, glamorous, educated and beautifully presented. While undoubtedly somewhat foreboding, she has warmth, wit and great insight. A3-E5.
RUDI/LLOYD/FRED – All mid to late 30s. Lloyd and Fred are two Australian men on the lookout for a good time. Rudi is an Hungarian refugee on the lookout for a wife. He is charming, well read, irrepressible, a beautiful dancer and a genuine lover of women. C3-A4.
MRS MILES – Lisa’s mother is in her late 30s or 40s. She dotes on her daughter, is proud of her and wants the best for her, but is nervous of rocking the boat and upsetting her conservative husband. A product of her era, she is neither educated nor sophisticated, but her love for her daughter ultimately gives her courage. D4-A4.
MISS CARTWRIGHT/JOY/CUSTOMER – About 40 years old. Miss Cartwright is a blue-stocking, crisply authoritative manager of the Ladies Department at Goodes. Ideally tall and definitely stylish, she is all business, having dedicated most of her life to it. She is not without compassion and wit. Joy is Patty’s older sister. Exhausted by motherhood and housework, she doesn’t live up to her name. A3-C#5 (top note not as solo)
MISS JACOBS/MRS CROWN – Both in their 60s. Miss Jacobs has worked in Goodes most of her life. Nervous and intense, she lives alone and has a sense of tragedy about her. Mrs Crown is Patty’s mother. Now widowed, she is a rough diamond who has brought up her three daughters and doesn’t beat around the bush. E3-C5/E3-A4.
FAY – A 29 year old shop assistant at Goodes. Pretty and cheerful, but has had a series of unfortunate relationships with unsuitable men, so she feels insecure about ever getting married and being respectable. G3-Eb5.
MR MILES/STEFAN – Mr Miles is in his 40s. He is stiff, conservative and authoritarian. He loves his daughter but firmly believes a woman’s place is in the home. He is baffled by Lisa’s intellect and ambition. Stefan is 40 – 60. He is an ebullient Hungarian intellectual and bon vivant. He is a passionate enthusiast for all things literary. G2-D4/D2
The recent film of the same name is now available in DVD and online. This is not a musical version but follows the same strong story line.
For more information please contact the Production Manager – Ann Hemming 0418 344 817 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“LADIES IN BLACK” DIRECTION TEAM
At the keyboard – Musical Directors: Instrumental – Barb Fleming & Vocal – Elly Poletti
Standing: Choreographer – Bron Kalos, Director – Bernadette Grainger & Production Manager – Ann Hemming.