little miss sunshine

book by james lapine

music & lyrics by william finn


australian premiere


“I would like to be the first Miss America from New Mexico.”

The Hoover family has seen better days. Richard, the father, is a less-than-inspiring motivational speaker; Grandpa’s been kicked out of his retirement home for bad behaviour; Uncle Frank has recently tried to kill himself after his boyfriend dumped him; moody teen, Dwayne, has taken a vow of silence; and much-put-upon mother Sheryl grits her teeth and holds it all together.

But energetic and optimistic Olive, the youngest Hoover, believes the world is full of possibilities, and enters a children’s beauty pageant confident that she can win.

Seeing a chance to change their luck, this dysfunctional and fractious family packs their beat-up VW Kombi, and embarks on a cross-country journey from New Mexico to California, chasing the coveted title of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’.

Adapted from the Academy Award-winning film by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine (Into the WoodsSunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), this delightful musical comedy about pursuing your dreams is filled with warmth and humour and will charm audiences of all ages.

“An ingenious, jaunty, sweet invention” Newsday

Director Deborah Jones
Set Designer David Marshall-Martin

12 November – 14 December 2019

Previews: Tuesday 12 & Wednesday 13 November 7:30pm
Opening: Thursday 14 November 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 5pm
Final performance Saturday 14 December 2pm

Weeknights and weekends, subject to cast availability.

The director is calling for Expressions of Interest in the following roles:

7 – 14 years
Funny, full of energy, quirky, warm, charming – a very ‘real’ kid. Not beautiful in a beauty pageant way but very appealing. Any physical type. Must sing well and have an excellent sense of comic timing.
All ethnicities welcome.
7 – 14 years
Gorgeous – or at least they think they are! Must have a strong singing voice, a polished demeanor and excellent comedic timing. Gymnastics skiils and pageant-style ‘talent routines’ (eg baton-twirling, tap-dancing, juggling, ventriloquism) a plus.
All ethnicities welcome.
Please submit your Expression of Interest to the Director, Deborah Jones: with FEMALE ACTOR 7 – 14 YO in the subject line.
Please include your performance bio and headshot if you have one.

Any questions about the production or New Theatre can be directed to Alice Livingstone, Acting/Theatre Manager | 9519 3403

New Theatre is a volunteer-based organisation and there is no payment for this production.

Deborah holds a Diploma of Performance (1995, the inaugural graduating class) from Actors College of Theatre and Television (ACTT), and has since worked as an actor, director, producer and teacher. 
For New Theatre: Performer, Mother Clap’s Molly House; Director: The Women, Nell Gwynn
Other Companies: Performer: Stalking the Bogeyman (Old Fitz); The Killing of Sister George (King Street Theatre); Apples & Pears (Old 505); Thank You for Being a Friend (Comedy Store); The Art of Success (Pact Theatre); Holiday in The Sun (Sidetrack Theatre); Hungry an Anthology (Griffin Theatre). Performer /Producer: Baby With the Bath Water (Bondi Pavillion). Director: Blythe Spirit (Eternity Playhouse); Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Tap Gallery); Televention (King Street Theatre); Tidy Town of the Year (Old FItz); Wind in the Willows (Haven); Cosi (Haven).
Film/TV: Performer: Top of the Lake Season 2, A Place to Call Home, Rake, Love ChildRedfern Now.