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Roald Dahl’s classic Fantastic Mr Fox to be brought to life on stage in Bridgetown

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Bruce Carlson, Linda King and Rob Snellings play the Three Farmers in the Bridgetown Repertory Club's upcoming production of Fantastic Mr Fox.
Camera IconBruce Carlson, Linda King and Rob Snellings play the Three Farmers in the Bridgetown Repertory Club's upcoming production of Fantastic Mr Fox. Credit: Daniel Hocking

Roald Dah’s classic tale Fantastic Mr Fox is set to be brought to life in the South West next week when a local production company hits the stage.

The Bridgetown Repertory Club will be presenting a stage production of the family favourite story from next Friday.

The production, directed by mother-daughter team Emma and Ella McGuire, will be shown from December 2 to December 11, with six shows, including two matinee performances.

Ms McGuire said the production gave children from theatre programs to participate in the production.

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“We have a cast of 36 and 25 of those are children, with some of them coming from Kids Acting On Stage and the Bridgetown Youth Theatre,” she said.

“They are theatre programs we run and it give those children along with other children in the community the opportunity to audition for plays at the Repetory Theatre.”

Ms McGuire said Fantastic Mr Fox’s relevance to the Bridgetown community and the current landscape of the world was the reason why the theatre chose to make it this year’s production.

“The play is an allegory that celebrates village life and the importance of being part of the community, caring for one and another and the moral issue of stealing and the effects it has on oneself and others,” she said.

“It also explores the effects of agriculture and industry and the environment, and that part of the play is very relevant to what we are seeing today, throughout the world.”

Ms McGuire also praised Roald Dahl’s storytelling to children and the opportunity to adapt his book into a stage production.

“He’s a master storyteller for children, so it’s a wonderful opportunity as director to be involved in one of his stories,” she said.

“He’s created such memorable characters and it bring those characters to life on stage is just wonderful.”

The show will include four original songs created specifically for this production as well.

“All of the music is composed by a musician named Jeff Sheahan, and he’s created four original songs for the play, which is wonderful.”

Tickets are currently on sale and are available through TryBooking.com.

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