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Moonlight & Magnolias

Season 3 2018: 16 August to 1 September 2018

(Matinees Sun 19 August, Sun 26 August and Sat 1 September.)

Moonlight & Magnolias A comedy by Ron Hutchinson, Directed by Alan Burrows.

By special arrangement with Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd

Based on historical events, this is the story behind the making of David O. Selznick’s famous movie “Gone With The Wind”. Selznick is five weeks into the shoot when he realizes the script just doesn’t work, and the director is hopeless. He has only five days to find a new director and script, or the production will shut down. He calls Victor Fleming from the set of “The Wizard Of Oz” to direct, and legendary screenwriter, Ben Hecht, to rewrite the script. The only problem is, Hecht hasn't read the book, so Selznick and Fleming have to act it out for him. Over five crazy days, the three men, assisted by Selznick's assistant, Miss Poppenghul, madly put together one of the most famous and beloved screenplays of all time. Whilst written as a farce, Hutchinson's play also deals with serious issues such as race and the fragile position of Jewish executives in Hollywood.


David O Selznick

Phil Lambert

Ben Hecht

Tim Murphy

Victor Fleming

Ben Freeland

Miss Poppenghul

Angela Glennie



Alan Burrows

Assistant Director:

Christine Andrew

Production Manager:

Alan Burrows

Stage Manager:

Nicholas Ryan

Set Design:

David Dare

Lighting Design:

Nicholas Ryan

Sound Design:

Nicholas Ryan

Light / Sound Operator:

Alexandra Carter


Maria Smedes


Alan Burrows, Nicholas Ryan

Promotional Video:

Regan Wood

Program Design:

Nicholas Ryan

Set Construction:

Les Wallis, Luc Hermans, Ernie Hicks, Ray Bell, Keith Boulton and Steve Nichols

Set Dressing:

Elaine Nichols

Set Painters:

David Dare, Emily Carter, Alexandra Carter

Facebook Page:

Emily Carter

Web page:

Laurie Bell

Program Printing:

Snap Printing, Lilydale

Office Administration:

Fiona Carter

Box Office & Administration

Anne Rogers-Davidson

Front of House Manager

Lesley Bailey

Assisted by Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company Volunteers

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