Little Miss Sunshine

Book by James Lapine

Music & Lyrics by William Finn


12 November – 14 December


Sydney 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.

Seeing a chance to change their luck, this dysfunctional and fractious family packs their beat-up Combi, 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


creative team

Director Deborah Jones
Musical Director Laura Heuston
Set Designer David Marshall-Martin
Lighting Designer Michael Schell
Costume Designer Bobbi Rickards
Sound Designer Dana Spence
Assistant Director Garth Saville
Assistant MD Thomas McCorquodale
Vocal Coach Linda Nicholls-Gidley

Choreographer Virginia Ferris
Production Manager John Short
Stage Manager Jo Jewitt
ASM Sarah Walsh
Operator Ricci Costa
Child Chaperones Phoebe Atkinson,
Karen Da Silva, Bella Ridgeway


Kiera Dzeparoski, Sarah Furnari
Aneke Golowenko, Martin Grelis
John Grinston, Ellacoco Hammer McIver
Gavin Leahy, Christopher O’Shea
Fiona Pearson, Julian Ramundi
Grace Ryan, Adam van den Bok 


Previews 12 & 13 Nov 7:30pm
Opening Night Thu 14 Nov 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm
Sun 5pm
Sat 14 Dec 2pm only



Full $35
Concession, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22 (with promo code)
Previews, Thrifty Thursdays $20

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