On stage or backstage, valerie runs the show

On stage or backstage, valerie runs the show

Written by Garson Kanin ” responsible for many Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn films ” it follows the uncouth, corrupt and rich junk dealer Harry Brock and what happens when he brings his showgirl mistress Billie Dawn to Washington DC.

After being a major Broadway success, Born Yesterday was adapted into a 1950 film with Judy Holliday who won an Academy Award for playing Billie.

Dragojevic plays Helen, a maid in an expensive hotel, and is also the show’s stage manager.

‘It probably would have been a big deal for a maid to look after the bigger hotel suites in those times,’ she said.

‘In terms of stage management, there is a lot involved with pre-production but the job really starts on opening night.

‘It’s a bit of a challenge to swap between being an actor and stage manager during production but I’ve done it before with no problem.’

Performing since her high school days at John College Curtin of the Arts, Dragojevic studied theatre and drama at Murdoch University and has spent the past 10 years as an actor, stage manager and director.

Born Yesterday plays at 8pm, May 31, June 1, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 with a 2pm matinee June 9. Tickets are $25, $20 concession ” book on 9367 8719, oldmilltheatre@|iinet.net.au or online at www.oldmilltheatre.com.au.