Samantha Madsen, Andrew Bell (back), Meg Pfeiffer and Brendan Dieckmann rehearse for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.
Samantha Madsen, Andrew Bell (back), Meg Pfeiffer and Brendan Dieckmann rehearse for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Sarah Harvey

Theatre a fun way to recover

TEN years of hard work and thousands of dollars worth of sets at the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company were destroyed in January’s horrific floods.

Spokeswoman Mary Slattery said to help raise some badly needed funds a dedicated cast of 14 was hard at work rehearsing a hilarious new comedy, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.

“Like hundreds of other households and community groups across Ipswich, the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company saw years of hard work end up as a muddy mountain of rubbish on the footpath,” Ms Slattery said.

“We lost all scenery and sets and everything in storage which is more than 80% of our stock destroyed. It would be hard to put a dollar value on it, but it would be in the thousands.

“The cast has been in rehearsals since the beginning of the year and we are hoping to make some money back to replace what we lost.”

The show has been tipped as a “laugh till you cry” play as each scene depicts those moments in relationships that we are all familiar with.

The show follows the arch of relationships from those first date butterflies, to the humour surrounding sex and the married couple, to dating at a funeral.

Incidentally, the show has been called “the most proposal-friendly show in town”.

According to website loveperfectchange.com, at 57 performances of the play there has been a young man take the stage to make a surprise proposal to his sweetheart.

In all cases, the brides-to-be happily accepted as the audience roared with approval.

“So get all your friends together to enjoy a great night out,” Mrs Slattery said.

“To avoid overcrowding, numbers will be strictly limited to 100 patrons a night.”

The show will be presented as a dinner theatre at the Old Ipswich Court House on March 11, 12, 18 and 19.

Doors and the bar open at 6.30pm. The cost for the dinner and show is $35 per person. Discounts are available when booking a full table of 10.

Bookings via www.ipswichmusicaltheatrecompany.com.au or 3294 8830.



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