Actors give old tale contemporary makeover

Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society will take audiences on a journey of self discovery in their newest production Dick Whittington and The Panto Pop Idol.

The production follows the story of Dick Whittington and his cat Felix who travel to the city in the hope of a new life.

On their travels they come across a girl group, The Bow Bells, who are entering in the pop idols competition and Dick is offered a job as their manager.

As the competition heats up, drama begins to unfold.

Anna Williamson of Northmead will play the role of Felix in the family-friendly production.

She said audiences would like how the old tale has been turned into a contemporary play.

"It's very modern," the 16-year-old said.

"It's very engaging and we always try to get the audience involved whether that be talking to them directly or getting them to shout stuff out.

"My character of Felix has a makeover and turns from being really dorky into this cool cat that raps."

This will be Anna's first Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society production.

She joined the local production company after seeing her friend perform in a past play.

"I just love it," Anna said.

"I saw my friend in their version of Wizard of Oz and I was interested in trying out for a part."

Anna has also starred in school-based productions including Peter Pan.

She also studies dance and drama.

The young actress hopes to pursue a career in the acting industry.

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