Nitty Day from Logan Reserve and Annette Page from Boronia Heights were among the cast of five who starred in the Village Green Theatre Group’s production of ‘The Honey Bees’ on October 9 and October 16, 2021.
Written by Caleb Lewis and directed by Jo Connolly, The Honey Bees featured a family of bee farmers in Western Australia riddled with conflict, manipulation, lies, deceit, and strained relationships.
Honey Bees actress Annette Page played the role of Joan, a manipulative and controlling mother and owner of the bee farm.
Family tensions rose when Joan’s estranged son returned with plans to sell the bees to buyers in America, and her deceased husband’s illegitimate daughter unexpectedly showed up at the farm.
Annette has acted on and off for 60 years since she was a child, and played a few minor roles in local television shows in the 50’s and 60’s.
She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York while working as a nurse and became involved in the Sunnybank Theatre Company eight years ago.
She has acted with the Village Green Theatre Group in Logan Village since 2019, and performed in Stepping Out, St Swithin’s On the Green, and the Honey Bees.
Annette said the Honey Bees cast shared many good times together and had a brilliant dynamic.
“It’s a small cast … everyone had their own very strong character,” she said.
“As actors, it allows you to interact with one another in a really different way.”
Honey Bees actress Nitty Day played the role of Kerrie, the long-term partner of Joan’s daughter.
Nitty got into acting for the first time three years ago.
“I wanted to do something for myself,” she said.
“At the time I was a single mother with two disabled kids, and I was working full time and had no time for me,”
Nitty’s supportive partner and family help her make time to pursue acting.
“They enjoy the fact that I do something I love,” she said.
All the plays Nitty has acted in were with the Village Green Theatre Group, including a tap dancing production, a murder mystery dinner, and the Honey Bees play.
Nitty said the Village Green Theatre Group was a wonderful artistic outlet for people in the local area.
The group welcomed anyone with a passion for theatre from the age of 12 to get involved onstage or backstage.