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Malvern Theater Company Inc.

Morning Sacrifice (Expired)

Author: Dymphna Cusack

Director: Loretta Bishop


Characters Summary: 9F(2x20s-30s,6x40s+,1x60+)

Characters: Miss Woods. Headmistress, 60 plus. Dignified and sincere. Buckles under the manipulative ways of Miss Kingsbury and resigns. 

Miss Portia Kingsbury. Deputy Headmistress. Authoritative, manipulative, gets what she wants. 

Mrs MacNeil. 40s plus. Realistic, a ‘mother’ figure to the younger staff. Supports change. 

Miss Margaret Sole. 40s plus. Dowdy and unfashionable but has an air of vitality about her. Supports change. 

Miss Gwyn Carwithen. Late 20s early 30s. Full of life. Takes life as it is but wants change. 

Miss Sheila Ray. Late 20s early 30s. Was strong but now broken psychologically and physically by the manipulative ways of Miss Kingsbury. 

Miss Dora Pearl. 40s plus. Faded and fluttery although she privately considers to be a ‘delicate air’. Good friends with Miss Hammond. 

Miss Charlotte Bate. 40s plus. Self important. Has an ingratiating manner that sometimes becomes almost obsequious. 

Miss Rose Hammond. 40s plus. Grimmed faced and insincere to most. Good friends with Miss Pearl.

Audition Venue: Malvern Theatre, 29 Burke Road, East Malvern

Theatre: Malvern Theatre, 29 Burke Road, East Malvern

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Synopsis: First performed in 1942, 'Morning Sacrifice' has since become a classic of Australian theatre. It is set over a three-day period in the staff room of Easthaven Girls’ High School in Sydney and exposes the narrow-minded education system of the 1930s. It centres on the increasing bitter struggle within a group of teachers, a mix of conservatives and progressives, over the fate of a senior student accused of immoral behaviour, where expulsion will destroy the student’s chance of going to university. A fascinating study in day-to-day routine which is stripped away to reveal a hall of horrors, built on hypocrisy.


Sunday 11 March, 2018
Monday 12 March, 2018
Malvern Theatre
Venue Address
29 Burke Rd, Malvern East VIC 3145, Australia

Victoria, Melbourne

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