By day Peta Figgins is a spatial data analyst, mapping data in its various forms. By night she is the boss of the stage.
Mrs Figgins is dipping her toes into directing a musical for the first time with The Witches of Eastwick at the Roo Theatre her first major work and also the first time it has been performed by in Shellharbour.
Though she has been acting with Roo for over a decade, the idea to start directing popped up around two years ago.
“I saw that there wasn't any really good female lead shows, most of the shows had a lot of male leads and male supporting leads and I just wanted to put on a show that really showcased the local female talent,” she said.
Emma Tobin, Francesca Higgins and Bethany Bracamonte star in the production which was made famous on the big screen in 1987 by Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. In 2000 it morphed into a musical in London’s West End, before Paul McDermott and Marina Prior starred in the Australia production in 2002.
The story is based around three female protagonists, the 'Witches' Alexandra Spofford, Jane Smart, and Sukie Rougemont. Frustrated and bored by their mundane lives in the town of Eastwick, a shared longing and desire for "all manner of man in one man" comes to life in the form of a charismatic stranger.
“I love a bit of tongue in cheek innuendo and this show has plenty of it. It is a little bit naughty, audiences will definitely have a giggle,” Mrs Figgins said.
The Witches of Eastwick runs from February 23 until March 10 at the Roo Theatre in Shellharbour. www.roo-theatre.com.au
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