Mudgee Performing Arts Society has a strong program planned for 2020.
Preparations for the June production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are well in hand, the festival of one act plays written by local playwrights, MudgeeShorts, will return in August and there are plans to stage a comedy in November.
MPAS' first production of the year, Menagerie, is out of the ordinary. It is a collection of short plays written by just the one playwright, in this case, Mudgee's talented Sam Paine.
While the three plays have very different content, they are linked by being about the animal kingdom (including humans), giving rise to the name Menagerie.
'Habitat' is the story of an endangered animal being reintroduced into its natural habitat, and a teenage girl who feels just as lost and displaced as the soft-footed brownback itself. The play will be performed by members of Cudgegong Youth Theatre.
In 'Getting Somewhere' conversations between three pairs of seemingly unconnected people reveal that relationships are both complex and tangled. Despite winning the Best Script category of Mudgee Shorts 2018, 'Getting Somewhere' has not previously been performed.
'Insex' puts the microscope on the love life of insects, grubs, and small creatures of all kinds. Their struggles to find a mate are intensely relatable and heartbreakingly hilarious.
Originally staged in 2007, the show was revived recently for a successful run in Potts Point and now comes home to Mudgee.
Menagerie will be staged at Mudgee Town Hall Theatre at 7.30pm February 14,15, 21, and 22, and at a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday, February 22. Tickets will be available at the door or on line at mpas.org.au