For the 2018 annual production the ensemble, and Carole, have chosen Masquerade, by award winning Australian writer and actor Kate Mulvany. Mulvany based the play on the award winning children’s book by Kit Williams which she read as a sick child. In hearing the story Masquerade for the first time Kate said “ …within a few words my mind exploded, my imagination went crazy because I was on that adventure with Jack on his way across the universe, and I think that book helped me get better. I always kept the book Masquerade by my side, my entire life. Then a few years ago I decided I wanted to turn that book into a play”
In a wondrous world of riddles and hidden treasure, bumbling Jack Hare is on a race against time to deliver a message of love from the Moon to the Sun. Far, far away in a world just like ours, a mother cheers her son Joe, recovering in hospital, with the tale of Jack Hare’s adventure. But when Jack’s mission goes topsy-turvy, Joe and his mum must come to the rescue, and the line between the two worlds becomes blurred forever. The quest that Jack embarks on is filled with riddles, danger and trickery, and an assortment of wondrous characters.
The play is a wonderful mix of the poetic, moving and very funny. It captivated the cast when they first read it and is bound to enchant audiences from 9 to 90. The inclusion of live music and songs adds to the plays charm. There is a cast of sixteen, from four Mornington Peninsula secondary schools, who have been rehearsing since December. Dreamhouse is also delighted to have other young local artists involved, including recent VCA graduates Anna Durham as Musical Director, Jacinda Hill as Costume Designer and maker, as well as several peninsula musicians; all collaborating to bring the play to life. It is absolutely a team effort”