Lemon, Lime and Scissors: A comical cocktail of song, satire and significance
THEY brought hits The Red Barn, Sticky Sweet and Show-Tunes to the Moree stage.
And now this talented team of local thespians and entertainers is back in front of the footlights to present Lemon, Lime and Scissors, an hilarious and not-so politically correct musical that is sure to have wide-eyed Moree audiences toe-tapping along to an intricate storyline attuned to the modern-day complexities of life.
Brought to the stage by 2 Minus 1 Productions, Lemon, Lime and Scissors is an original musical written by Stevie Jean Drenkhahn, Jacqualyn Drenkhahn and William Penfold.
Stevie says Lemon, Lime and Scissors explores topical issues not just in a light-hearted and comical manner, but one that is also invigorating and life-affirming.
“Our show is coming along really nicely,” co-writer Stevie Jean Drenkhahn winked.
“The sets are incredible. It’s like a real house on wheels and Nathan Davis has done an excellent job building them.”
The Drenkhahn sisters star in this epic musical tale alongside co-writer Will Penfold, who plays the problematic boyfriend, Alastair.
Julie Denyer plays the not-so-helpful-psychologist Dr Fanny and Michael Warwick stars as Heather’s Father, Bert.
Stevie plays frustrated and confused Heather, with sister Jacqualyn playing Clementine, the clueless librarian.
“This play is not PC, so unless your grandmother is as cool as mine, leave her at home,” Stevie laughs.
Lemon, Lime and Scissors focuses on Heather and her litany of personal problems – and her boyfriend Alastair is up there near the top of the list.
“Heather is confused about her sexuality, and she feels she has no-one to turn to,” Stevie explains.
“Her Father Bert can’t fix her problems; he’s too busy not caring about the environment.
“Alastair wouldn’t understand as his head is always stuck in a book and Clementine the librarian is as clueless as ever.
“Dr Fanny? Well, let’s just say Dr Fanny has some issues of her own but she does offer some good advice – sing out your problems,” Stevie explains.
It seems the only person that can help Heather is her mum, Karen.
But one huge question lingers: Where in the world could Karen be?
“All performers sing throughout the show and we have been rehearsing since August,” Stevie said.
“The songs are incredibly catchy, with tunes like Sing out Your Problems and Out of the Closet guaranteed to stick in your head long after you’ve seen the show.
“These songs are real Broadway classics and wouldn’t look out of place in any Broadway show. It’s great to work with a cast that has really embraced the whole concept,” she said.
“We are so lucky to have some excellent pre-show entertainment from Moree Secondary College 2018 HSC drama students as well.
“They will perform Before the Water Came and Moree’s own Lyndon Hankey will give a taster of his stand-up comedy routine Blacked Out, produced by 2 Minus 1 Productions as well,” Stevie said.
Lemon, Lime and Scissors takes centre stage at Moree Services Club on Friday and Saturday evenings, November 2 and 3.
“Again, I had difficulty choosing a venue for this production, as we do not have a performance space that meets our acoustic requirements and seating dreams,” Stevie said.
“I picked the Moree Services Club as the venue this time around so that as many people as possible can come along, share a few beverages and have a fantastic time watching our hilarious show.”
In the past, productions have been played at Moree Uniting Church Hall, Max Function Centre and BAAM.
“I really like to place performances in different spaces in Moree, because everyone has their regular hangout spots. So, this way, perhaps I can send a greater message out to a wider variety of people who may not have been to any of our previous shows,” Stevie said.
The Moree Services Club auditorium doors swing open at 7pm with pre-show entertainment from 7:30pm.
Doors close at 7:45pm and a full bar will be available.
The show’s duration is approximately two hours, including a 20-minute intermission.
Tickets are available online at www.123tix.com.au or from Sylvia’s Fabrics on Heber Street.