CALLING THEATRE HOME: Former Roma resident and musical director Peter Devey has returned to the Maranoa to direct the Roma Performing Arts Group's performance of the Boy from Oz, with Trent Sellars in the lead.
CALLING THEATRE HOME: Former Roma resident and musical director Peter Devey has returned to the Maranoa to direct the Roma Performing Arts Group's performance of the Boy from Oz, with Trent Sellars in the lead. Tom Gillespie

Roma Performing Arts group bringing Boy from Oz to life

HE lit up Roma stages in the 1990s and early 2000s - now well-loved musical director and actor Peter Devey has returned to deliver another spectacular show.

Mr Devey, who fondly remembers playing Nathan Detroit in a version of Guys and Dolls, will direct the Roma Performing Arts performance of the Boy from Oz.

Having lived and worked in theatre in Toowoomba for many years, Mr Devey said he relished the opportunity to come home.

"They (Roma Performing Arts) wanted to get the musical up and running and I was very happy to direct it,” he said.

The musical, based on the life of Australian singer/songwriter Peter Allen, is a take on one of our nation's most beloved stars.

Mr Devey said Trent Sellars was the perfect fit to embody Allen.

"You've got to be a triple-threat to play Allen and there's a couple of iconic songs in the musical,” he said.

"To play him, you need to be a larger-than-life character.”

Mr Sellars said people in Roma would look forward to the performance because of Allen's own country roots.

"It's exciting for Roma because Peter Allen grew up in Tenterfield, a country town,” he said.

The musical is expected to open for six nights from September 15 at the Roma Cultural Centre.


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