The 2016 production from The Two Wells Melodrama Group, ‘What Remains of the Party’ enjoyed a successful run at the end of May, hosting six performances and raising an impressive amount of money for the local community.
The entire production is made possible by more than 100 volunteers donating their time, which enables amateur writers, performers, musicians, and sound and stage personnel to gain experience, as well as kitchen and waiting staff to ‘give back’ to the community for a good cause.
Sarah Groom and Stacey Murray wrote this year’s show, with the pair also behind the script of last year’s successful production, and were able to surpass all expectations by offering a script considered even better than their previous effort.
Eleisha Arbon, once again, directed the humorous murder mystery, which takes place at a surprise fancy dress 30th birthday party.
Characters took on the persona of their fancy dress costume, which provided for many cleverly written punch lines, and suitably chosen solos; Sam Batson who played Walter (dressed as Braveheart for the party) sang a wonderfully fitting rendition of Queen’s “I want to break free,” and can only be described as a natural performer.
Melodrama veterans, such as Anne Arbon, and fresh faces of the Melodrama group, integrated well on stage, so that by the end of the evening, the audience were convinced that the cast were actually a group of ‘friends’ at an abysmal party, where everything went from bad (a dead corpse in the hallway) to worse!
Standout performances were many, however one half of the writing team, Sarah Groom, who played the character of Maz, dressed as Marilyn Monroe, didn’t stray from her persona and provided many humorous moments throughout the performance.
Long-time TWMG performer Kay Boon served a fitting amount of audience interaction and wore her French Maid costume, complete with hot-pink bunny ears, like she was born to.
While the solo performances were strong, the audience enjoyed the ensemble cast’s renditions of Elvis’ ‘Suspicious Minds’, ‘Is she really going out with him’, by Joe Jackson, and ‘Jailhouse Rock’, to complete the evening.
Although an amateur performance, audience members came from all over the north, from the Barossa and Gawler, to the suburbs of metropolitan Adelaide.
Young and old were treated to an evening of a well-written script, music and singing, with 17-year-old Crystal McCann from Hamley Bridge emphatically “loving it.”
Tickets included a three-course meal with tea and coffee, complete with table service and a smile.