Once is not enough! – City Hub Sydney

Toby Francis and Stefani Caccamo. Photo: Robert Catto.

After two incredibly successful seasons, the Darlinghurst Theater Company Once returns to the Eternity Playhouse in June for a third encore. Audiences have fallen in love with the characters, songs and good vibes and simply cannot get enough of this unique and charming musical.

“I think this show surprises people,” says Stefanie Caccamo, trying to explain her popularity. “I think they’re really surprised by the simplicity of the story and its universality. You know, it’s a very simple meeting between two people – and it’s also that kind of love that springs from despair and hope to move on in life.

Caccamo is one of many original cast members who have been part of the production since its inception in 2019.

Stefani Caccamo.

Stefani Caccamo. Photo: Robert Catto.

Once is an enchanting tale about a young mother from the Czech Republic (Caccamo) who plays the piano and writes songs. She crosses paths with an Irish guitarist and songwriter (Toby Francis). Their lives are at an impasse, but they are invigorated by the uplifting spirit of the people around them.

Talented ensemble cast

All performers dance, sing and play instruments on stage.

Like the other cast members, Caccamo feels his character has been informed over time by his real life. Experiencing vicarious motherhood through her sisters has significantly influenced the way she plays her role.

“So with the second rendition and now the third, I feel like I’m having fun. I’m running around, I’m so energetic, I’m having so much fun because I’m myself now.

Excited to go back to where it all began

“We built the show in this theater, and what’s so special is how intimate it is. The front row is on the stage, so the audience really feels like flies on the wall,” says Caccamo. “The energy that the audience brings changes the show completely, so having that element is really exciting.”

A smaller theater allows them to do special things. During the a capella version of Gold, several singers on stage harmonize with the rest of the cast who have sneaked up behind the audience. The effect is electrifying.

New cast members have joined the team this season, and Caccamo is thrilled: “It just brings in new ideas and new energy, and it’s going to be very new for everyone as well… We’re really excited to tell this story. story and the audience is so excited to see theater, so the combination of those two things creates something really magical in the room.

June 24-July 31. Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst. $67 to $119 + breakfast Tickets and information: www.darlinghursttheatre.com/once

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