For the love of charity

David Nelson with members of the cast and crew of classic musical comedy Sweet Charity.
David Nelson with members of the cast and crew of classic musical comedy Sweet Charity.

WA stage veteran and Rockingham Senior High School graduate David Nelson is feeling charitable as he embarks on his next adventure on the boards, stepping into the director’s role on a musical for the first time.

Nelson is helming classic musical comedy Sweet Charity, written by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, and a winner of various awards over many years and productions.

Involved in theatre for more than 30 years, Nelson has appeared in many productions around Perth and won a Plover Award for his role in the musical The Rink, and received Limelight Theatre awards for his acting in Hairspray and The Stillborn Lover.

He previously directed Boeing Boeing. “I have always loved this show,” he said of Sweet Charity.

“The show is set in the ’60s when there were big changes happening in society and I like the fact this musical represents that.

“Charity is an eternal optimist who believes in true love but can never find it. She is desperately trying to get a better life.

“There are always challenges with a period show, in terms of sourcing costumes and props and making sure hair and makeup is of the era. We are working hard to create a vibrant ’60s feel.”

Delivering song, dance, laughs and tears, Nelson’s musical debut is Theatre’s next show. Through trials and tribulations, Charity continues searching for love, ever hopeful, but always gives her heart and dreams to the wrong man.