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Brotherly tale to enthral

BLOOD Brothers is coming to Leongatha’s Mesley Hall on September 5.

With just under two weeks to go before the big opening night, the cast from Lyric Theatre Group is busily rehearsing and refining what promises to be a brilliant performance.

All the leads are experts, having been involved with Lyric’s performances in the past. They are joined by new members in the ensemble.

Blood Brothers is set in Liverpool and relates to class.

Deserted by her husband, Mrs Johnstone already has five children and is expecting twins. She cleans house for the childless Mrs Lyons who offers unofficially to adopt one of the babies.

Mrs Johnstone reluctantly agrees; she knows the child will be well brought up in a prosperous household. But, there is a prophesy that twins parted at birth will die when they discover the truth, and both mothers do their best to keep the twins, Mickey Johnstone and Edward Lyons, well separated.

The situation becomes harder for both women when Mickey and Edward meet while playing in the street and when an immediate bond is formed between the two. They become “blood brothers”, setting a train of funny – and tragic – events in motion.

“It’s an all adult cast but the story begins when the brothers are seven,” director Peter McAlpine said.

“Having some of the adult leads playing seven year olds has been an interesting process.”

The characterisation has come together by workshops, including children’s games like hopscotch and tag.

The entire show was pulled together in the space of just 12 weeks.

“It’s been like lightning,” Mr McAlpine said.

“However, we only have a small cast and they are all very dedicated and hard working so we are sitting well.”

The dramatic musical will include great songs, parodies to the great Marilyn Monroe, and will be quite emotional.

“I think it will tug on the hearts of mothers,” Mr McAlpine said.

With a great balance of comedy and drama, the play moves quickly, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats to see what happens next.

Be sure to buy your tickets, as the show closes on September 20.

Short URL: http://thestar.com.au/?p=11870

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