OCEAN Reef Senior High School graduate Briana Dunn is about to find out what happens when a community choir is trapped at gunpoint.
The answer lies in Kate Rice’s black comedy The Mozart Faction, directed by Siobhan O’Gara at Melville Theatre this April.
A small suburban choir, The Cantus Formosus, has been performing in community halls for local groups and events for years but their latest rehearsal comes to an abrupt end.
Wolf has lived next door for the past decade and has finally had enough of their singing so storms in with a gun, demanding silence.
Dunn plays Val, someone she describes as a pushover.
“As a girl who grew up in a country town, she lost part of her identity when she moved to the city,” she said.
“Val works for the local council and is married to Morris, who lords his superiority over her.
“She joined the local choir to be a part of something but she can’t really sing.”
She said the show was about “a group of really different personalities and how they get along”.
O’Gara added that the choir in The Mozart Faction represented a range of community and theatre groups people may have previously experienced.
“The play presents a cross-section of society brought together by a common love of music,” she said.
“We recognise the people and know the characters with their aspirations, conceits and shattered dreams.
“I love black comedy and the question about what drives people, myself included, to join a community group – be it theatre, choir or sports – has always fascinated me.”
The Mozart Faction plays at 8pm on April 8, 13-15, 20-22 and 2pm on April 9.
Tickets are $20 or $15 concession on 9330 4565 or at www.meltheco.org.au.