Saturday, January 26th, 2013
IF YOU knew a secret that could shatter a bride’s dream the night before her wedding, would you tell?

That’s the premise of the Old Mill Theatre’s first production for 2013, Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, written by Elizabeth Coleman and directed by Mary Wolfla.

The popular comedy is set the night before Meg Bacon’s wedding in a hotel with her mother and bridesmaids, ready for one last night of girlie fun. But one lie could change everything – and the bridesmaids have to decide whether to reveal a secret about the groom.

Secret Bridesmaids’ Business was made into a 2002 telemovie with Vince Colosimo while playwright Coleman is also known for It’s My Party (And I’ll Die If I Want To).

Wolfla chose to direct the play because she believes it has elements almost everyone can relate to if they have been involved in a wedding, whether as the bride and groom, planning the event or as guests.

“I also love comedies and the play is full of strong and funny characters,” she said.

“The biggest challenge is trying not to laugh too much during rehearsals, although it’s a wonderful problem to have.”

Involved in theatre while at high school in Idaho, Wolfla became serious about the performing arts when studying drama and speech education at Butler University in Indianapolis.

She moved to Sydney in 2006 and worked as a stage manager for various companies before coming to Perth in 2010 to work as education and administration officer for Buzz Dance Theatre, also working at the Old Mill Theatre on The Shape Of Things, Daisy Pulls It Off and Parramatta Girls in the past few years.

“With Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, I am blessed to work with a group of talented actors who have taken the development of their characters seriously and have added layers of comedy I would have never been able to just through direction,” Wolfla said.

Secret Bridesmaids’ Business plays at 8pm, February 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, and 16 with a 2pm matinee February 10.

Tickets are $25, $20 concession – book on 9367 8719, [email protected] or online at

The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on Mends Street, South Perth, opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post.

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sbb1: Sue Lynch, Bennet Andrews, Rebekah Easton, Elethea Sartorelli and Nicole Meyer are appearing in Secret Bridesmaids’ Business this February.

sbb2: Rebekah Easton, centre, is the bride-to-be – on stage – with Elethea Sartorelli, left, and Nicole Meyer as her bridesmaids.

sbb3: The upcoming wedding of James Davis (Bennet Andrews) and Meg Bacon (Rebekah Easton) hits troubled waters in Secret Bridesmaids’ Business.

sbb4: Bridesmaids Angela (Elethea Sartorelli, left,) and Lucy (Nicole Meyer, right) know something about the groom (Bennet Andrews) the bride (Rebekah Easton) doesn’t in Secret Bridesmaids’ Business.

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Old Mill Theatre

South Perth's Old Mill Theatre is fortunate to be operating out of one of the most historic buildings in South Perth. It was opened in 1899 as a Mechanics' Institute Hall. The South Perth Council purchased the building in 1913 and renamed it the Mends Street Hall. The council still owns the building, and supports our use of it.

The building first became a home of theatre in 1948, when the South Perth Dramatic Society moved in. The name Old Mill Theatre was first used in 1958, and the company was incorporated in 1959. In 2009, the theatre celebrated its 60th anniversary.

A number of significant changes to the building have occurred over the past few years, with major extensions completed in 2002. An understage tunnel, which links two backstage dressing rooms and enables easier access from one side of the stage to the other, was completed in 2008. Bathroom facilities have also been installed backstage as part of this project, which was wholly self-funded.

The Old Mill Theatre is fortunate to have strong support from its local council, the City of South Perth. The city undertook major renovations to the exterior of the building in 2008 and the theatre is looking better now than ever before.
Mary Wolfla
P: 0434 860 780


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