Kyneton Theatre Company heading back to the 1890s with new production

Frances Kelly and Kathleen McLennan. Picture: Shawn Smits.

Kyneton Theatre Company (KTC) will take a step back in time to the 19th century with its new production.

The group is pushing ahead with its plans for a March performance at the Bluestone Theatre, despite missing out on a grant from Regional Arts Victoria last year.

To make up for the funding shortfall, the group will present a modified version of a musical called

Wintersong, set in the Macedon Ranges in 1891.

The audience will sit in on an active working presentation alongside theatre professionals, and will be able to offer suggestions.

Wintersong tells a story of how people manage their lives and the challenges arising during a period of changing technology. It has been written specifically for community theatre.

KTC member and librettist Kathleen McLennan said

Wintersong arose from a conservation about life’s options in the 1890s as compared to nowadays.

“Of course, a grant would have enabled us to present a more finished performance,” she said.

“But we are confident that

Wintersong will deserve a place in Australian musical theatre.”

To become involved with Wintersong and the Kyneton Theatre Company, contact KTC president Frances Kelly on 5422 7002.