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Aussie Rules ~ The Musical isn’t about putting football players in tutus and having a bit of a giggle. It is a new, fun-filled comedy with clever songs, dances and hilarious situations. It also has a serious side, examining the effects of the urbanisation of Australia with country towns losing much of the traditional infrastructure and recognising the valuable role sporting and service clubs play in uniting communities.
But Aussie Rules ~ The Musical never loses its emphasis on fun, music, dance and most of all …hope!
Aussie Rules ~ The Musical was produced for its premiere season in August 2000 by Hobart’s Old Nick Theatre Company. The box office return and public reaction surpassed expectations.
8 Males (2 x mid forties, 1 thirtyish and 5 x late-teens, early twenties)
6 Females (1 x mid-forties and 5 late teens or early to mid twenties)
Commentator / Narrator Lofty Latham (40s +)
The Coach Ozzie
The Captain Kingo (early to mid-30s)
The Full Forward Roger (about 20 ~ ideally a good
The Team (4) all in their 20s, includes
Muff, (actually Bill, owner of local garage and muffler shop, known as Muffelo Bill,)
LH, Leonardo Taranio, (local hairdresser, known as LH Torana), and
Sprog (the actor playing Sprog doubles as …)
Ozzie’s wife Sheila Moore (40s +)
Football Queen Tina, (Kingo’s long-term girlfriend.
A big woman about 30)
The Girlfriends (4) all in their 20s, includes
Carlene, (Muff’s partner)
Jodi, (Mark’s partner)
Vicki (Sprog’s partner, who also doubles as….)
The Goal Umpire.
TOTAL 14 characters
“The Team” and “The Girlfriends” form the chorus.
Orchestra: Aussie Rules ~ The Musical is scored for six instruments; keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, cello and saxophone/clarinet.
14% of Box Office.