Wednesday October 4, 2017
Khandallah’s Arts Theatre faces gritty challenge
Local actors Chris Collie-Holmes (Charles) left, at rear with Stephanie Gartrell as Mattie-Fae and Andrew Cross as the shy and clumsy Little Charles in Khandallah Arts Theatre’s upcoming production. PHOTO: Supplied
Khandallah Arts Theatre is bringing a new production, August: Osage County, to the northern suburbs and two local actors feature in the cast list. Stephanie Gartrell comes from Crofton Downs and Chris Collie-Holmes from Ngaio. Stephanie plays Mattie-Fae, the effervescent aunt of the three women who, with their mother are at the centre of the play’s whirlwind of emotions and secrets, based around a family reunion. “I auditioned because I wanted to have a go at ‘straight’ theatre,” Stephanie says. “I have always done musical theatre until now and I wanted the challenge to see if I could do it.” Chris plays Mattie-Fae’s long-su f fer i ng husba nd Charles. Until now he has been one of the theatre’s key technical and construction people and says: “I haven’t been on stage for a number of years and then only in small roles. I just wanted…
to be a part of a great play, at my home club with a big cast and great directors.” The play features a dysfunctional All-American Family and has been described by The New York Times as “... the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years”. Parents are asked to note that, unlike Khandallah Arts Theatre’s last production, the family-friendly The Wind in the Willows, this play is not for young audiences. August: Osage County runs for seven performances at Cochran Hall (in the grounds of Cashmere Avenue School) at 7:30pm on from October 12-14, at 4.00pm on Sunday 15 and October 19-21 and at 4.00pm on Sunday 15. Ticket prices $20 waged, $15 unwaged. Book at katbookings@gmail. com or buy tickets at The Village Pharmacy in Khandallah. Phone bookings (ring 970 0440) and door sales are also available.
Independent Herald 04-10-17