Busselton/Crawley resident Elena Vettorel is glad she's only acting in the latest production by The University of Western Australia's Graduate Dramatic Society.
She plays unwanted and despised fiancée Constance Neville in Oliver Goldsmith's classic comedy She Stoops to Conquer. Her character's husband-to-be is a rogue more interested in horses and carousing at the local inn than in her.
Elena's passion for theatre has grown since working with Stephen Lee on a few productions over the past couple of years, such as his Aladdin and Cinderella pantomines. Earlier this year she challenged herself performing the French play L'Oeuf with the UWA French Club and looks forward to being involved in many others, if real life permits. This production with Grads is a demanding but rewarding experience under Stephen Lee's expert direction.
"Grads has been part of UWA since 1953," Elena said. "It's always focused on presenting classic plays that offer rewarding experiences for theatre lovers."
She Stoops to Conquer promises to be a fresh, funny, fast-paced and entertaining night out for the whole family. A rollicking, hilarious mixture of secret elopements and nocturnal confusions, Goldsmith's boisterous, energetic and hilarious farce has stood the test of time.
Elena is sure the play will delight audiences as much as it did two centuries ago and hopes the community will take this opportunity to see a classic gem, rarely performed in Perth.
Performances, in the Dolphin Theatre, are at 7.30pm on October 31 and November 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14. Booking is at BOCS Ticketing, (08) 9484 1133.