The iconic Australian play ‘Hotel Sorrento’ is set to take to the stage at Holy Cross College next Thursday. Performed by students in Year Eleven and Twelve ATAR and General Drama courses, this year’s Senior play has been driven by the students who have not only worked hard in breathing life into these identifiable and powerful characters but also focused on production elements to create a fully realised performance.
The play itself premiered in Melbourne in 1990 and won an AWGIE as well as the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. It has been performed over 50 times in Australia and overseas and has been translated into Japanese, French and Swedish. A film version of the play was produced in 1995.
Set in the coastal town of Sorrento on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, it tells the story of the three Moynihan sisters, Hilary (Maria Bravo Echevarria), Meg (Alannah Reberger) and Pippa (Kirsten McCumstie) who have been separated by distance with Meg living in London with her English husband Edwin (Bianca Scinto) as a successful novelist and nominated for the Booker Prize. Pippa lives in New York and works as an advertising executive and Hilary lives in Sorrento in the Moynihan family home with daughter Tracey (Olivia Feszczur) and father Wal (Alex Smilovitis). When the family is thrown back together, they discover the meaning of identity and the importance of connection with Sorrento locals Dick Bennett (John Paul Botha) and Marge Morrissey (Breannah Rigoli) helping them realise the power of coming home.
Tickets for Holy Cross College’s Production of ‘Hotel Sorrento’ are available now from www.trybooking.com/470036 and the show will be performed on Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June commencing at 6:30 pm with doors opening at 6:15 pm in the College’s New Norcia Building.
Mr Chris McRae
Learning Area Coordinator – The Arts