Belly dancers, belly laughs in … One hump or two?

The cast from left (back row) Paul Schmelzkopf, Eugene Chaplin, Rick Bailey, Kay Milton, Anne Arbon, Janene Lynn, Andrea Humphrys, Rae Corston, Michael Hardiman, Eleisha Arbon, (front row) Ben Harvey, Danielle Schmelzkopf, Katie O’Doherty, Sarah Groom and Jessica Renaglia, with David McInerney, front.
The cast from left (back row) Paul Schmelzkopf, Eugene Chaplin, Rick Bailey, Kay Milton, Anne Arbon, Janene Lynn, Andrea Humphrys, Rae Corston, Michael Hardiman, Eleisha Arbon, (front row) Ben Harvey, Danielle Schmelzkopf, Katie O’Doherty, Sarah Groom and Jessica Renaglia, with David McInerney, front.

Two Wells Melodrama Group has raised $30,000 for local community groups after another successful season wrapped up last month.

The group performed a reprisal of the old classic, “One Hump or Two”, which was first performed in 1987.

The Les Williams feature took the audience to an Arabian desert where the cast of belly dancers, sheiks, British soldiers and even a snake charmer delighted with bright, colourful costumes, classic singing solos and duets, all sprinkled with a good dose of humour – and the occasional audience heckler!

The original script was tweaked by director Eleisha Arbon, cast member Jess Renaglia, and life member Mark Boon to showcase the many talents of the current cast, which remarkably included three who performed in the original production all those years ago!

For those in the audience the show was a blast and the accompanying three-course menu was a treat, as usual.

Reflecting the desert-themed performance, the menu included camel (beef) pie and golden syrup dumplings (one hump or two!), and was capably and efficiently served by a team of local volunteers.

All funds raised from the event are ploughed back into the community and over the years the Two Wells Melodrama Group has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local groups.

TWMG cast member and director, Eleisha Arbon, said the show had been well received and the group was already looking forward to next year.

“There were wonderful performances by all on stage and hardworking backstage people,” she said.

“A lot of people put in a lot of work behind the scenes in the kitchen, bar, waiting on tables and preparing the hall each day.

“It is a great community event that is unique to the Two Wells community and everyone involved put in a huge effort, so, thank you.”

With this year’s performance done and dusted the cast and crew can all take a much-earned breather before re-grouping to stage the much anticipated comedy show later in the year.

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