A CELEBRATION of Academy Award-winning songs is set to hit the right note for Limelight Theatre’s last season of the year.
Devised and directed by Gillian Binks, The Envelope Please pays homage to the best original song category first introduced to the Oscars in 1934.
While the movies weren’t always winners, songs that came from them proved to be and many have gone on to become classics.
The Envelope Please presents some of the best from the past 84 years through song and dance, including Over the Rainbow, White Christmas, The Way We Were, Fame, Arthur’s Theme, Up Where We Belong, What A Feeling, (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, Beauty and the Beast, My Heart Will Go On and Let It Go, among others.
Binks described the show as a colourful, musical tribute.
“I was keen to do a true theatre Christmas show, which gave opportunities to inexperienced and young performers alongside the more seasoned players,” she said.
“But it is challenging getting more than 30 people together all at the same time.”
First performing in Godspell in 1986, Binks has gone on to direct and choreograph shows for Limelight, Playlovers and Yellow Glass Theatres and the Goldfields Repertory Club over the years.
She directed The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 1998 and choreographed Cabaret in 2000, both winners of best musical at the annual Finley Awards.
“The Envelope Please is the result of me wanting to do something fun and colourful in honour of my dear friend Terry McAuley, a Playlovers stalwart who we lost this year,” Binks said.
The Envelope Please plays at 8pm November 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, December 1, 6, 7 and 8 with a 2pm matinee November 25.
Tickets are $21, $18 concession and $15 children under 13 – book at www.limelighttheatre.com.au or on 0499 954 016 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday.
Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.