Wesley Institute’s students are taking a deep sigh of relief – it’s the end of another successful musical production season! Perfectly Frank’s catchy tunes, colourful dance scenes, and inspiring story were enthusiastically received over the 4-night season.
Melvyn Morrow, writer of the libretto, was present on opening and closing nights, and was “pleased to hear the audience enjoying themselves so much”, particularly commenting on the finale as being “especially moving, [having] impact on all fronts.”
Perfectly Frank is the story of young, rich playboy Francis (Doug Lynch) growing up in Assisi alongside his childhood friend Clare (Kat Moorman). His overbearing mother (Lindsay Probert) and henpecked father (James Kouspakidis) provided much of the comedy, along with the antics of the drunken bishop (Bobby den Engelsman). The cast was supplemented by talented dancers and chorus members (directed by WI lecturer Maya Garvish) with the story told by four Narrators (Nic Cassar, Lydia Tang, Stephanie Benz and Marissa Phillips).
First-year drama students, supervised by designer Wendy James, spent hours painting and decorating the set, which was in the style of a fold-out story-book; and music students also lent their talents to play for the fully-sung musical.
WI Head of Drama Herman Pretorius directed the huge company of dance, drama, music and graphic design students, and also built the intricate set. He was assisted by Hannah Harriman (assistant director) and stage manager Marti Ibrahim.
We are very proud of our fantastic cast and crew and the success of the show. Congratulations all!
Hannah Bath, Marketing