Production Notes for Pollyanna


Welcome to Term One 2018! We trust you are all well-rested and ready to start an exciting semester with Hills Youth Theatre.


Our June production is


Script written by Joan Leslie, our original HYT Tutor,
& adapted for HYT by Di Mason
Based on the classic story by Eleanor Porter, written in 1913
Friday 22rd June – Sunday 1st July, 2018

‘Pollyanna’ was originally written for HYT by our wonderful Patron, the lovely Joan Leslie and performed on the Stirling stage in 1995. Having joined HYT at it’s inception in 1986, Joan, lovingly and tirelessly wrote all the scripts for the students to perform and I remember watching the HYT shows with my son who was waiting to join classes, in awe as they unfolded with style and dramatic content…and to everyone’s amazement 90 very focused and talented students performing without missing a beat. I am delighted to be able to adapt Joan’s original script and add a few creative ideas of my own and I look forward to working with the students on this dramatic story and focusing during class on the skills of Speech Delivery … Posture, Pitch, Projection, Pace and Pause.

An added little bit of trivial yet exciting information is that our new Tutor, to the Junior and Junior Youth students, Hayley Horton, actually performed as a student in the 1995 production of ‘Pollyanna’ written and Directed by Joan leslie…and has fond and memorable memories of the show and her experiences at HYT as a child. It is wonderful to have Hayley now as part of the Tutor / Production team. Welcome.

Below is a synopsis of the show and in class over the next three weeks we will be working on the audition process. In week four of HYT term, the week from Monday 26th February – Saturday 3rd March we will be holding our auditions in class time. At HYT, auditions are part of our curriculum and we teach the students the process so that they are fully aware of what is expected. We look forward to working with your child and getting them ready for their audition. It is important for your child to know that this is a learning process and conducted in a safe, friendly environment.


This is a delightful, classic tale, of the greatest optimist of all time, Pollyanna. But it is much more than that. It’s a story of a little girl’s faith in her father’s promise – that you can find something good about anything that happens – guides her steadfastly through circumstances that most adults would find formidable.

Pollyanna becomes an orphan, when both her parents pass away, and is placed into the care of her wealthy but stern and cold spinster Aunt Polly, who does not want to take in Pollyanna but feels it is her duty to her late sister. A difficult situation with a clash of hope and doubt meeting under the same roof !

Pollyanna’s philosophy centers on what she calls ‘The Glad Game’, an optimistic and positive attitude she learned from her father. The game consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation no matter how bleak it may be.

With this philosophy, her own sunny personality and her sincere, sympathetic soul, Pollyanna brings so much gladness to both her aunt and the little dispirited town of Harrington that she transforms it into a pleasant place to live, touching everyone’s heart and soul with her buoyant refusal to be down cast. Even old grumpy Mr. Pendergast and complaining Mrs. Snow do not escape from her joy.

When tragedy strikes however, even Pollyanna’s optimism is put to the test and it it up to the townspeople to rally around her to demonstrate the love and happiness she has brought to their lives.

Production Fee / Production Form

HYT charges a $30.00 production fee for each student taking part in the show to cover some of the costs of putting the production together. There are many costs involved in bringing a production to the stage and this small fee covers things such as: printing scripts, photocopying, Music CDs, face paint, costumes, set, lighting, graphics, props, tickets, banners, publicity, tea, coffee, toilet paper and so on.

Everyone MUST complete the online Production Form as an indication of your payment OR your child’s non-involvement in the June show BEFORE Saturday 24th February.

Please transfer the $30 Production Fee for each child that is taking part in the June show to:
Hills Youth Theatre
BSB Number: 105 079
Account Number: 041 304 340
Reference: The name of your child(ren)


Rehearsal Schedule

Download schedules here:


Sunday 20th  May Timetable Schedule  to be announced Compulsory Costume Fitting Day at The HYT Costume Site
100 Old Mt. Barker Road
All Cast: headshots taken for program
Monday 21st May


and Friday 25th May

4 -6.30p.m.

4 – 6.30p.m.

Double Class for  students to work  / rehearse together

Double Class for  students to work / rehearse  together

Monday Youth and Senior Youth Classes

Friday Youth and Senior Youth Classes

Saturday  2nd  June 10.00 – 1.00 Principals – Full Run Principals Only
  2.00 – 6.00 Blocking ALL  Dialogue Scenes ALL Cast- Schedule TBA
Sunday  3rd June 11.30 – 2.30 Costume Call All Cast – Schedule TBA
  2.30 – 6.00 Full Run ACT 2-  no costumes All Cast-   Schedule TBA
Sat 9th & Sun 10th June Long Weekend Set Building & Painting Everyone that can assist
Thursday  14h  June 4.00 – 7.30 Full Run Act 1 –  no costumes All Cast
Saturday  16th June 11.30 – 6.00 Full Run –  with Costumes ALL CAST
Sunday     17th June 10.00 – 11.30 Principals photo shoot Principals Only
  12.00 – 6.00 Photo shoot, Full run

costumes/ hair/makeup

All Cast
Wednesday 20th   June 4.00 – 7.30 Final dress rehearsal – no makeup All Cast

Performance Schedule (All Cast)

Show date/day Arrive/finish Performance Show time
Friday 22nd   June 5.30 – 9.30 Opening night 7.00 Start
Saturday 23rd  June 5.00 – 8.30 Twilight performance 6.00 start
Sunday 24th   June 1.00 –  4.30 Matinee performance 2.00 start
Friday 29th   June 6.00 –  9.30 Evening  performance 7.00 Start
Saturday  30th  June 5.00 –  8.30 Twilight performance 6.00 start
Sunday 1st  July 1.00 – 4.30 Finale
Matinee performance
2.00 start

Cast Parties will be held during normal class times during the last week of term, in the following week after the show is finished.