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Quirky musical with toys

“THE Rokitelly Man” is the latest in a line-up of new musicals this year.

Miles Thompson (as Jeremy) and Alex McPherson (Cindy) in “The Rokitelly Man”. Photo by Nick Brightman
Miles Thompson (as Jeremy) and Alex McPherson (Cindy) in “The Rokitelly Man”. Photo by Nick Brightman
Six years in the making, its composer, Andrew Hackwill, is well-known for new musicals staged at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, not least “The Department of Heaven”, “Sanger Hill”, “The Court of Swing Caractacus” and “It Was That Way When I Got Here”.

The script is by Michael Heming with additional lyrics by Hackwill.

With direction by Richard Block, musical direction by Max Gambale and choreography by Kathryn Jones, it’s a kind of quirky “Toy Story”.

The busy Toy Emporium is where social misfit Jeremy, who works in packaging, has a plan for a new robot invention, the Rokitelly.

Cindy, the girl Jeremy secretly loves, suggests he take the Rokitelly to the bosses and the plot thickens.

 

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