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GYPSY is hitting the stage at Leongatha’s Mesley Hall this Friday night (July 3).

After months of rehearsing and preparing, the elements will come together to deliver a truly enthralling show to its audience.

Directed by the highly regarded Colin Mitchell and starring the incredibly talented Elly Poletti, Gypsy promises to be a spectacular show to celebrate Lyric’s 50th anniversary.

“It has been a very challenging, very difficult show,” Mr Mitchell said.

“In the lead up to opening night, it is important we bring all the departments together quickly.”

Mr Mitchell is deeply impressed by the talents of his cast, who have delivered high standards right from the first audition in early March.

“I am very lucky to have worked with this cast and I am determined to see them all reach their potential,” Mr Mitchell said.

“It has been wonderful to see them develop and become comfortable working together.”

Mr Mitchell extended his highest praise to Elly Poletti.

Ms Poletti – who has taken on the enormous role of Mumma Rose – will be on stage 90 per cent of the time and sings 80 per cent of songs.

“She’s a very young actress, but she is exemplary,” Mr Mitchell said.

“The show hangs on Elly. She suits the role beautifully.”

Gypsy is loosely based on famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and focuses on the story of Mumma Rose – the ultimate show business mother – and the difficult life she endures with her two children. It reveals the dangers children faced in the vaudeville era.

Vaudeville was a type of art form that was popular in the 1920s and specialised in burlesque, comedy, song and dance.

“The show appealed to me because it’s about the theatre. It’s written by people who understand theatre and a lot of love has gone into it. It is brilliantly written, as we found upon reading the script,” Mr Mitchell said.

“The writers understand vaudeville and it is structured to show how difficult life was.”

Cast members have been immersed in rehearsal as they adjust to the space in Mesley Hall.

“They’ve all worked very hard and they will deliver,” Mr Mitchell said.

“This is the biggest show I have directed and designed, and I’m really pleased with it.”

A preview of the show will be held for an invited audience on Thursday, July 2.

“We are putting on this extra show as a thank you to those who worked on it,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Many people generously dedicated their time to bring the show together and local businesses have given us discounts to show their support.”

It is not too late to book a ticket to this extraordinary show. Simply head to Lyric’s website www.lyrictheatre.net.au and follow the prompts. Alternatively, tickets can be bought at Great Southern Outdoors, 1 Bair Street, Leongatha, from Monday to Friday, 11am to 3pm, and Saturdays from 10am to noon. Phone 0490 525 482.

 Supper will be available for audience members on opening night.

Is it love: Herbie (Brad Beach) is a travelling salesman vying for the long term commitment of partner Rose (Elly Poletti) in Gypsy.

Is it love: Herbie (Brad Beach) is a travelling salesman vying for the long term commitment of partner Rose (Elly Poletti) in Gypsy.

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