One big happy family in When Dad Married Fury
A TALENTED cast has been assembled for When Dad Married Fury which opens at the Pelican Playhouse this Friday night as part of the plunge festival.
Audiences will recognise several cast members from previous productions from the playhouse as well as the Criterion Theatre.
Director Joumana Jeffers, who has previously directed and acted at both, said it was the growing synergy between the two venues that highlighted the vibrancy of Grafton's theatrical scene.
"Grafton and South Grafton now have two really active community theatres that have widened the horizons and have lots of different things happening," Jeffers said.
"Quite a few of our cast have worked together before which makes it a much easier and smoother rehearsal period."
Bill North and Misty Fisher, who played future husband-and-wife Meg and James in Secret Bridesmaid's Business at the Criterion last year, link up once again, this time as long-married academics Ben and Laura.
Fisher's real-life husband Desan Padayachee - who directed Secret Bridesmaid's Business - plays Ben's brother Ian, an engineer married to lawyer Sue (Erica Fletcher). Fellow SBB cast member Karla Hubbard starred in Cosi and The Other Side at the playhouse in the past 12 months but you'll be in for a shock when you meet her as Fury.
Rhonny Mackenzie, who plays Laura's mother Judy, is also well known to local audiences, while the play introduces Dorrigo's Merv Prior to the Clarence Valley stage as the cigar-toking millionaire and family patriarch Alan.
"The whole process has been lots of fun," Jeffers said. "We've had babies and dogs running around and pizza and fruit. Yet we cope and that's part of the beauty of community theatre; life goes on around us. "I really hope the plunge festival gets bigger and bigger and little places like this can do three or four productions for the festival, not just one."