So Popera Productions, the local production company who brought Grease, Legally Blonde and Singin’ in the Rain to Wollongong are back this May with the NSW Amateur Theatre Premiere of Jersey Boys, the inspiring rags-to-riches tale of The Four Seasons.
When Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi met, they were just four New Jersey teens singing together under street lamps, scraping for gigs and money in their working-class neighbourhood. As the quartet rises to international stardom, they celebrate the highs and endure the lows that come hand-in-hand with fame. Each member of the group takes a turn narrating events, illustrating how a ragtag group of guys from New Jersey — and their decades-long friendships — became music history.
The local Wollongong production is helmed by director Amy Copeland, who has overseen all of So Popera’s previous productions and taken home multiple Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards, including Best Director and Best Musical. So Popera Productions founding member, Peter Copeland will be on as Music Director, with Dane Sanderson as the show’s choreographer.
As for the Four Seasons, the iconic role of Frankie Valli will be played by Jayden Sierra, followed by Kyle Nozza as Bob Gaudio, Robert Jeffrey as Tommy DeVito and Tyler Joseph Hoggard as Nick Massi.
They are joined by Roberto Galanti, Katherine Akele, Hannah Garbo, Kristie Beedie, Alexander Morgan, Alex Perritt, Lachlan O’Dea, Justin Huntsdale and Jimmy Rizk.
Jersey Boys is a smash hit that showcases The Four Seasons most iconic hits such as Sherry, Big Girl’s Don’t Cry and Walk Like a Man and reveals the inspiring tale behind the music.
With a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music by Bob Gaudio and Lyrics by Bob Crewe, Jersey Boys is presented in a documentary-style jukebox musical that first debuted on Broadway in 2005 before moving the the West End in 2008. The musical itself won multiple awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical and Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
So Popera Productions was founded in 2008 by graduates of University of Wollongong and has endeavoured to produce high quality theatre for the Wollongong region. The company first burst onto the Illawarra theatre scene in 2008, presenting A Grave Affair, an original work by company co-founder Danny Condon, soon followed by their first licensed show of The Last Five Years in 2010, both presented in The Gordon Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.
Other past productions include the critically acclaimed Avenue Q in January 2013, closely followed by a return season in October of the same year, in the IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, which saw So Popera Productions take home the CAT Awards for Best Director and Best Production of a Musical.
In January 2015, Little Shop of Horrors was presented in the IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, which saw So Popera Productions take home the CAT Awards for Best Set and Best Director and proudly saw their leading male Kyle Nozza awarded the 2015 CAT Scholarship to further his studies in the performing arts at Mackay University. These same awards, saw brother/sister duo presented with the coveted “Gold Cat” for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre.
May 6-9 Wollongong Entertainment Centre
Sat & Sun: 1.30pm