AFTER an Easter weekend lull, the countdown is on to the opening night of Leeton's Henry V.
Tickets are selling fast to this stellar show, starring Jake Speer and a brilliant cast of actors from across the region.
This is no ordinary Shakespeare production.
Those involved believe it will prove an historical moment when Leeton was put on the theatre and film making map.
With a hive of interest buzzing in arts circles in Sydney, Canberra, Wagga, Melbourne and London, make no mistake that everyone in the community, should make sure they are there to see Henry V come to life.
At this stage of the production schedule, activity is reaching fever pitch.
The Roxy Theatre sounds like a construction site, as local tradies, under the watchful eye of senior set building supervisor, Phil Meline, hammer away at a massive structure of scaffolding and pallets that will be the ramparts and turrets and tunnels of an army on the march to battle.
If you are walking past, you will hear the work in progress - and if you peep inside, you will see another world taking shape.
The actors are on the precipice of knowing all their lines, with rehearsals from now on to be largely "off book".
Critical is having the complex lines of Shakespeare memorised so that characterisation, and freely inhabiting and knowing the characters they will play, can be perfected.
The costume team is stitching and gluing, measuring and adjusting a dazzling array of costumes to transport both actors and audiences to another time.
That is an adapted Medieval style with overtones of a Viking warrior aesthetic and sex appeal.
The props team are inventing all kinds of wonderful items through adapting found things - jugs and swords and shields and pots and parchment and bows, awnings and giant hessian drapes, all fashioned from materials and items gathered from op shops, homes and tips.
A feast of Shakespearian items is piling up backstage at the Roxy right now.
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On April 18, the Roxy will open its doors to the public for a Q&A session with Mr Speer and the cast.
It will also include a tour of how the show has evolved so far.
More details to come.
A special message for all those who may shy away from Shakespeare as too weighty, too obscure or slow, let's be very clear - this is no ordinary Shakespeare.
This experience will be more like a footy grand final or a day at the races, a feverish night at the pub, a party, a wonderful wild weekend at the river.
It marks a moment where Leeton and the Roxy step onto the national stage, where heavy weights of the film and theatre industry will fall in love with the town, and the first moment the Roxy Institute of Performing Arts delivered.
You won't want to be the one who missed it.
Tickets are on sale from the Roxy website, or from the theatre office.
Books of 10 tickets also offer an attractive discount.
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