Work has begun on an upcoming Geraldine production which will feature an entirely youth-aged cast.
Director Kay Paterson said she had already cast the majority of the roles for the production of A Few Good Men, but had a few parts remaining.
She was looking forward to working with a group of young South Canterbury actors again, after working with a youth cast on The Importance of Being Earnest two years ago.
The plot of the legal drama focuses on two marines who are accused of murder, but say they were acting under orders to do a “hazing” of one of their army mates.
Paterson said the plot was good for both the cast and audience to think about, because while people often listened to authoritive voices, it was also a reminder to listen our our conscience.
“We submit ourselves to authorities .. but there is that point where authorities make the wrong call.”
The story, written by Aaron Sorkin, was originally a Broadway production but was also released as a film in 1992, starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore.
From the Guantanamo Bay base of the marines to the tense courtroom scenes of America, the “really well-written” production would be a challenge for the young cast, Paterson said.
“[There is] a whole lot of really wonderful things happening.”
“There are good gritty roles .. the young actors will be challenged by.”
She encouraged South Canterbury residents to support the production, which would open in late April, but suggested that some of the themes of the show would make it appropriate for people over 13.
“There is a lot to think about.”
The Geraldine Community Theatre production of A Few Good Men will be staged at the Geraldine Lodge Theatre from April 29-May 6. There are on-stage and backstage roles remaining and if young performers or stage hands are interested, they can call Kay Paterson on (03) 693-9986.