The Algarveans Theatre Group is putting the finishing touches to their autumn production Daisy Pulls It Off, which has its Portuguese premiere on October 29 with two further performances on October 30 and 31 at Lagoa Auditorium.
The family show follows the comic adventures of the heroine Daisy Meredith, who becomes the first scholarship pupil at Grangewood School for Girls. Daisy has to overcome all sorts of bias and bigotry in a bid to be accepted.
Her madcap adventures with her zany best friend Trixie see her search for missing treasure, battle the school bully, attempt a cliff top rescue and even play in a hockey match, all of which will happen on stage.
Daisy is being played by 16-year-old Sarah Winstanley, who is a year 11 pupil at the International School of the Algarve in Porches.
The part calls for Daisy to act, sing, dance and learn lots of lines, all of which Sarah has handled alongside studying for her IGCSEs. Sarah is not unknown to Algarvean audiences, having already been in two other productions.
“Life has been pretty hectic since April when we started rehearsing, but I am loving every minute,” said Sarah.
The cast of 20 has a varied age range of talent on stage from 13 to a grandmother. Audiences will see new members as well as familiar faces from the theatre group.
Assistant director Nikki Weijdom said: “We have had great fun directing this show as we have treated rehearsals like workshops covering such topics as improvisation, projection, dance and movement, all of which have been in the form of games and activities.”
The production team also have a few surprises in store as they have created a 1928 school hall in the ultra modern fully air conditioned theatre in Lagoa.
Assembly will begin at 7.30pm and lessons start at 8pm! Tickets cost 10 euros for adults and five euros for children.