Directed by Michele Brown, nearly 200 people from all around WA, filled the Dumbleyung Hall to watch the theatrical sequel to ‘Bring a Plate’, which was about city girl Jess falling in love with country boy Brad and all the antics that come with settling into farming life on Brad’s farm Dongalee in our very own town of Dumbleyung.
‘Have you met Frenchie?’ was written by Jacki Ball and Michele Brown, takes place eight years later with the return of farmers Brad (played by Jamie Frost) and Jess (played by Tara Green) as empty nesters who are very much looking forward to the return of their youngest daughter Katie (played by Roisin Ball) to their Dongalee Farm.
Katie had been travelling the world and had a suitcase full of surprises install for her parents on her return home, including the introduction of her boyfriend Frenchie (played by Nick Green), a surprise visit by Frenchie’s parents, Jacques (played by Paul McAsey) and Francine (played by Jacki Ball), an unexpected engagement announcement, a wedding reception nightmare and a baby announcement! ‘Have you met Frenchie?’ had it all!
The Hall was filled with laughter as soon as the curtains opened, creating the night all cast and crew had worked hard for. The Show concluded with the announcement of two Life Members inducted into the Dumbleyung Theatre Club – Michele Brown and Jacki Ball. Michele and Jacki have been involved in the Dumbleyung Theatre Club in many roles from writing, set-design and costumes, directing, back-stage, office bearers and acting for over thirty years. Their Life Membership announcement was the icing on Katie and Frenchie’s Wedding Cake and to another successful production, deemed the best production yet by many audience attendees. Congratulations Michele and Jacki!
A very special thank you to our audience and supporters of this production and well done to all actors and back-stage crew for your ‘brilliance!’. While the dust settles and the cast and crew have a well deserved rest, another show is in the pipeline! Stay tuned and if your interested in joining the Dumbleyung Theatre Club please contact DTC Secretary Roisin Ball on 0488 637 243.
Article by P.Gooding