A Wink At The Sphinx
By Judith Prior

A riotous romp through the Old Bazaar in Cairo. The Pharaoh informs his daughter Fatima that her betrothed the Prince of Karnak has been kidnapped by a band of feral Gypsies and she must now marry the evil old Royal Physician Tut Tut.

Younger daughter Charisma aided and abetted by Rameses the nomadic guide, set out to release the alcoholic genie Bundi from his bottle. (Well what else would you call a great spirit in a bottle?) Their search leads them to the used camel dealer Harrison Fraud, and they enlist the aid of audience members to help them in a mummy wrapping competition, among other things!

An adult fairy tale of Arabian nights with just a touch of spice . . .



Yarrawonga's Allegro Theatre Company won two major Zonta awards for 1998 at The Zonta Gateway in Wangaratta. Allegro's brilliant production of "Phantom of the Music Hall" was the best musical production in North East Victoria. Best support actor was won by Allegro's John Duncan for his role as Arthur. Special mention in the critique for best actress was made of Allegro's Val Oglivie as Martha, as well as John Duncan's role, and in respect of Julie McBurnie's role of Millie.It's that team effort that resulted in the top production award according to Production Director of "Phantom of the Music Hall" Barb Wallace. "I'm so proud of the team on stage and working behind the scenes," an overwhelmed Barb said. "It was a real team effort."

Judges for the big night were Mr Mark Stephens (Lazy Harry) Mrs Wendy Stephens and Mrs Elspeth Connor. Barb said that in the five years the three have been adjudicating, "The Phantom of the Music Hall' was the first time they have witnessed a theatre company receive a standing ovation from an audience. "Audience response and participation was just colossal," said Barb, who first directed fifteen years ago. "The judges remarked that our sets were simple, costumes excellent, characters very strong, and orchestra and music well suited to the characters." Special mention was made by the successful producer, director about Michelle O'Meara for her role as musical director. Wayne Robinson's masterful orchestral performance on keyboard and piano and Judith Prior as playwright.

1998 saw Little Theatre groups at Kyabram, Myrtleford, Penrith, Berrigan, Eltham, Tomaree, Dampier, Kwinana, Great Lakes Amateur Drama Society all staging successful performances of "Phantom of the Music Hall" much to the enjoyment of audiences and casts.


Nine, plus several minor roles & chorus.

R U N N I N G  T I M E

Approx. 2 hours

$17.50 AUD Plus $2.00 Postage


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