September 28th - October 8th 2017
GIRTON BLACK BOX, BENDIGO
We begin outside the tent where Barnum tells us he’s here to defend the “noble art of humbug,” which he defines as the coat of varnish he puts on the hard facts of life.
About the Show
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: Barnum signs up his first attraction, Joice Heth, the oldest woman in the world. Joice turns out to be less of a draw than he’d hoped until he tries a bit of humbug and pitches her as George Washington’s nurse. Joice is a big success and sings the virtues of living to be 160,
P.T. BARNUM VS. THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES: Barnum’s wife, Chairy, wants him to settle down, run a respectable business – a clock factory, for instance – and Barnum explains that clock-making is just not the right color for him When he rushes off to close a deal to build a museum for his growing collection of attractions, Chairy reflects on her own values
CLOWNS! A cornucopia of them, tumbling into the ring as they build Barnum’s American Museum with Chairy singing One Brick at a Time.
“STEP RIGHT UP, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN” says Barnum, and let me tell you about all the wonders you’re going to see inside my museum!
BARNUM VS. THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES, PART II: Years have gone by, and the Barnums are a bit older and a bit more successful, but their playful conflict and affection for each other endure.
25 INCHES FROM TOE TO CROWN! Barnum’s latest and most sensational attraction, General Tom Thumb, asserts that Bigger Isn’t Better.
A RESPECTABLE ATTRACTION AT LAST: Barnum presents Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale, in her first American concert at Castle Garden. Jenny wins the hearts of all who hear her.
THE HUMBUGGER HUMBUGGED! Barnum buys his own bill of goods, and leaves Chairy to tour the world with Jenny Lind Out There.
Production Manager: Kristen Beever
Director: Vanessa Bate
Assistant Director: Jodie Field
Choreographer: Claire Sexton
Musical Director: Chloe Fitton
Assistant Musical Director: Shantara Johnstone
PT Barnum – Lachy Geary
Charity Barnum – Cedar-Rose Russell
Ringmaster/James Bailey – Max Beever
Jenny Lind – Georgia McMillan
Joice Heth – Lucy Mills
Blues Singer – Julia Wellard
General Tom Thumb – Macklin Wellard
Seamus Allan, Zachary Fitzpatrick, Nicholas Hurrell, Erin Collins, Jacob Ware, Elaina Bell, Makaila Howard, Ethan Collier, Kaitlin Ryan, Emily Brown, Sophie Baker, Natalie Hercus, Chloe Cason, Lily Johns-Hayden, Daniel Chisholm, Annabelle Kingston-Brown, Mercedes Collier, Charli Kingston-Brown, Aoife Cunningham, Thea Pilkington, Elisha Field, Kiera Stone, Milly Fletcher, Erin Tinker, Milly Henders, Edwina Wallace-Smith
Isla Devers and Remy Cugura