merrily we roll along
The Lawler Theatre, July 2017
Produced by Watch This
"How did you get to be here, Mr Shepard?" Franklin Shepard has made it to the top: a wealthy LA movie producer, he rubs shoulders with Hollywood’s A-list. But he desperately wishes things had turned out differently. Where did his life veer off course?
As it wheels back through the landscape of Franklin’s past, his choices and their consequences, Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along explores the forces that shape our lives: success and what it costs, friendship and what it can bear, dreams and what they become.
director – Sara Grenfell
musical director - Cameron Thomas
choreographer - David Wynen
with – Lyall Brooks, Nicole Melloy, Nelson Gardner, Adrian Barila, Cristina D'Agostino, Mark Doggett, Keane Fletcher, Laura Greenhalgh, Nicholas Kong, Vidya Makan, Ana Mitsakis, John Reed and Sophie Weiss.
set and costume designer – Emily Collett
lighting designer – Rob Sowinski with Bryn Cullen
stage manager - Meg Deyell with Jai Cameron
production manager - Jess Frost
production photos - Jodie Hutchinson
'Emily Collett’s simple scenic design flexibly portrays the wide range of settings required for the bicoastal story. Collett’s attractive costumes distinguish the multiple characters played by the ensemble and provide a vital, tangible sign of the reverse passage through the years.'
Simon Parris: Man in Chair
'If one thing turns back the clock, it is the costumes and costume changes, which work a treat.'
Alex First, The Blurb
'Emily Collett's costumes are a retro delight of colour and cut that define time, reference themselves and support character.'
Anne-Maire Peard, The Music