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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 29th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 30, 2009 37 Alive Saucy satire sizzles success FIONA BRADY What: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Where: Latvian Theatre, 32 Parnell St, Strathfield When: May 22 to 30 Tickets: Adults $30, concessions available Bookings: Call 9797 6658 or go to www.strathfieldmusicalsociety.com.au .......................................................................... Brian Sadler and Rosie- Clare Shorter will perform in the Strathfield Musical Society production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP269986 AUDITIONING for the role of sexpot secretary Hedy La Rue, Ashfield's Rosie Clare Shorter discovered her saucier side. ''I read my dialogue and the director said, 'That's nice, but could you do it again and channel your inner floozy?','' she said. ''So I just sort of changed how I was standing and she said, 'I don't know if you have to read it again'.'' Shorter's Hedy La Rue is one of the lead characters in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying -- the latest production from the Strathfield Musical Society. It's the story of a young window cleaner who buys a self-help book of the same title and then sets out to climb the corporate ladder. Starting from the mailroom in the World- Wide Wicket Company, he uses sneaky and devious tactics to rise to the top. It's a witty satire with lots of toe-tapping numbers and was a winner of seven Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama when it opened in the 1960s. Shorter and co-star Brian Sadler, who plays J.P. Biggley, said it's the perfect way to cheer yourself up in a credit crunch. ''There's good acting, there's singing, there's lots to look at on stage with dancing and costumes,'' Shorter said. ''Even if you aren't into musicals and don't think plays and that sort of thing is for you, you should go. ''It's only $30 -- you pay stacks more than that to go to a pop concert.'' Sadler, who's from Canterbury, believes many people underestimate community theatre. ''Once people experience community theatre they say, 'Why haven't we been here before?','' he said. ''The orchestras are always fantastic. People come thinking they're going to get a scrappy orchestra but they're not, they're top. ''The only difference between amateurs and professionals is they get paid for it and we do it for love.'' Duo set to play TWO inner-west musicians will perform in a concert version of The Little Mermaid at the Sydney Opera House on May 2 and 3. Double bass player Mardi Chillingworth, of Ashfield, and Croydon's Carolyn Watson on flute will join the Silver Garburg Piano Duo from Israel and six other chamber musicians to bring Hans Christian Andersen's classic children's tale to life. The narrator is Play School star and much-loved Australian actress Deborah Mailman. To book, call 9250 7777 or go to www.sydneyoperahouse.com. Arrgh at Ashfield AHOY, me hearties! Apprentice pirates are invited to come along to Ashfield library at 11am on Tuesday, May 12, for a swashbuckling session of storytelling, drawing and hearty songs. This event has been organised to celebrate the release of the new children's book, Captain Crabclaw's Crew, by writer Frances Watts and illustrator David Legge. Each child will receive a free Captain Crabclaw activity book and tattoo (not a real one). Watts and Legge's earlier books are the award-winning Kisses for Daddy and Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books. Of grave concern EXPLORE Sydney's dead centre by doing a guided tour of Rookwood Cemetery this Sunday. You can choose from a heritage walk or a 19th century Sydney tour. Tours cost $12 per person, with children aged 11 to 16 half-price. For information and bookings, call Robyn Hawes on 9889 3899. Meet the writers A COMPILATION of stories by 13 Sydney- based writers is the subject of next week's Authors at Ashfield series. The writers, who meet regularly at the NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle, have produced an anthology called Better than Chocolate. Profits from the sale of the book go to the charity, Room to Read. This free event will take place at 1pm on Tuesday, May 5, on level 3, Ashfield Civic Centre. Books are available for sale and signing. For more information call Ashfield library on 9716 1810.
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