Sweey Charity 11th November - 4th December 2016
Direction by Lance Thompson and Susan Morvan
Musical Direction by Ian Castle and Lindsay Kaul
Choreography by Sarah Rowsell and Rose Hawken
Charity Hope Valentine is the girl, or more accurately the woman, employed as a hostess at a New York dance hall in the late 1960's. Inside the Fan-Dango Ballroom Charity works with streetwise hostesses who often share their cynical advice about love and occasionally their long abandoned dreams while Herman makes sure the customers get what they've paid for.
Outside the dance hall, Charity's innocent vulnerability is repeatedly taken advantage of by con artists and panhandlers. Our heroine does manage a fleeting glimpse of fame when she unexpectedly spends the night in the closet of the Italian screen idol, Vittorio Vidal while he reconciles with his beautiful jet-set girlfriend.
Charity's "real" chance for happiness comes when the fickle finger of fate traps her in an elevator with a claustrophobic tax accountant called Oscar Lindquist who also seems to be in search of... "something". Charity joins Oscar as he attends a service at the Rhythm of Life Church led by the Reverend Daddy Brubeck, the spiritual leader of a former San Francisco jazz group turned religious cult. Romance ensues only to falter when Oscar discovers Charity's true occupation and dating history.
Through trials and tribulations, sweet Charity continues searching for love, wide-eyed and hopeful.
Charity Hope Valentine is played by well known local talent Simone Berry and Mark Garrett takes on his first lead role as Oscar Lindquist in this journey of life and love by playwright Neil Simon. Sweet Charity features well known songs such as Big Spender, Rythym of Life and If My Friends Could See Me Now and showcases the wonderfully unique dancing styles of Bob Fosse.