First play performance well received

June 06, 2018

FADAMS cast and crew (back, from left) Peter Ryan, Bridget Tegart, Steve Johnson, Kylie Shepard, Ross Whittaker and Keith Haidle; (front) Mackenzie Hannah, Tracy Anderson, Kelly Lawler and Denise Keen.

Finley Amateur Dramatic and Musical Society opened to a packed house with its performance of ‘The Umpire Strikes Back’ at the Finley School of Arts on Saturday night.

The Umpire Strikes Backs’ is a send up of the cult classic movie Star Wars and was well received by the audience.

Three more shows will be held the weekend after next, and people are encouraged to buys their tickets fast or miss out.

Written by Simon Denver, the production takes you on an odyssey through outer space.

It follows the hapless hero Luke Streetwalker as he attempts to save the fair maiden Princess Lei from the clutches of Dark Vader.

A last minute change has seen Ross Whittaker step into the hero’s role, replacing Kristin Thow as Luke Streetwalker.

‘‘I was originally going to be up the back working on the lights,’’ Mr Whittaker said.

‘‘I’m older and bigger than what the role is meant to be,’’ he joked.

‘‘At one point in the play I’m meant to get down on my knees and beg for Princess Lei’s love but during rehearsals I needed a chair to get back up.

‘‘I’d like to apologise to the audience if I’m not as spritely as Mark Hamill (who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise).’’

Avid FADAMS fans might remember The Umpire Strikes Back bing played to local audiences before, but Mr Whittaker said this year’s performance is totally different from the previous one.

‘‘It’s the ideal way to sit back, relax and have a laugh.

‘‘We have a really diverse range of performers with Mackenzie Hannan at 14 and Keith Haidle at 73.’’

The remaining evening performances will be held on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, with the final performance a matinee on Sunday, June 17.

The evening performance tickets are $45 and include a two course meal. Tickets for the matinee are $20, and include light refreshments.

Ticket available at Murray Hut, 150 Murray St, Finley.

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