Busy month as actors prepare for show

DRAMA group The Colac Players will have an intense September during the final weeks of rehearsals for its October show Tartuffe.

Director Al Mustapha Al Shahid, or “Mussie”, was keen to keep the details of the French comedy under wraps, but promised a show that would leave the audience “laughing in the aisles”.

Tartuffe mascot Fleur will be travelling around Colac in the coming weeks to promote the Colac Players’ October performance of French comedy Tartuffe. Pictured are Fleur’s creators Lorraine Henkel, left, and Barry Mousley with director Al Mustapha Al Shahid, front right.

“Without spoiling the plot, the story is about an unwanted house guest who has gained the favour of the head of the house, much to the displeasure of the rest of the family,” Mussie, who has been with the Players since 2002, said.

The 13 actors have been rehearsing two nights a week for more than two months in preparation for the play, which dates back to the 17th century and was once performed for France’s King Louis XIV at the Palace of Versailles.

The cast will gather up to four times a week as the Wednesday, October 5, opening night nears.

“Improvising is a very important part of the essence of this play so I started off the rehearsals with two improvising workshops for the actors,” Mussie said.

“Comedy is my forte and I’ve enjoyed the use of slapstick humour in Tartuffe,” he said.

“I am confident the night will be full of laughter and provide a temporary escape from the worries and stresses of our daily lives.”

The play will run for four nights at Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre’s new Black Box Theatre and will feature dazzling costumes, bouffant hair and over-the-top makeup.

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