Goldilocks and the three Christmas Bears – and others – to star in MACT’s ‘fractured’ fairytale

WHAT do you get when you put Robert Southey’s timeless children’s favourite Goldilocks in the same room as three Christmas bears and a host of popular fairytale characters from a bygone era – Little Red Riding Hood, Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, Jack be Nimble and the Wicked Witch from the East just to name a few.

You get another superbly crafted yuletide pantomime written, directed and narrated by Moree’s Stevie Drenkhahn, that’s what.

And the Moree Arts Community Theatre will present such a production – Goldilocks and the Three Christmas Bears – on Wednesday, December 20 at Moree Secondary College’s Multi-Purpose Centre on Frome Street.

“This is a fractured fairytale,” Stevie says with a grin.

“I’ve got 50 children involved, ranging in ages from four to 17, as well as a heap of adults – it is going to be a great show.”


Many of the cast from last year’s The Missing Reindeer will be back this year – as well as few newbies – in MACT’s Goldilocks and the Three Christmas Bears.

Goldilocks and the Three Christmas Bears comes on the back of last year’s hugely successful offering, The Missing Reindeer.

Stevie, of Show-Tunes and Sticky Sweet fame, urges everyone to come along and sing along with the huge cast to such Christmas favourites as Jingle Bells, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Silver Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas – Australia, White Christmas, Oh Christmas Tree and Bobby Helms’ enduring 1957 classic, Jingle Bell Rock.

Nicole Smith plays the forever-doting Mumma Bear, Will Penfold is the at-times grumpy Papa Bear and emerging amateur theatre talent Lyndon Hankey plays the cute-as-a-button Baby Bear.

Bernadette Quirk plays lead role Goldilocks; Gabby Clift drops by as Dorothy from Wizard of Oz; Julie Denyer swaps her KTM 350 exc for a magical, red, hooded cape as Little Red Riding Hood; Allan Stoddart displays agility beyond belief as Jack Be Nimble; Dianna Godess plays the Wicked Witch from the East; Andrew O’Neill is timely and hands-on as The Clock; and an elfish Greg Fisher plays Elf.

“We will have more rehearsals all this week before the show on Wednesday, and we urge everyone to come along and sing along with us,” Stevie said.

“As I said, this is a very fracture fairytale, and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” she laughed.

Goldilocks and the Three Christmas Bears plays for just one night only at the Multi-Purpose Centre this Wednesday, December 20 at 6pm.

The cost is just $10 for adults, $5 for children or $20 for the whole family, with tickets available at the door.

Words: Bill Poulos

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