It's all in the (musical) family

Blue Mountains Musical Society (BMMS) is preparing to stage their latest production, Gypsy, which opens next week.

This sees a return for the society to the golden age of musicals, presenting a show that takes place in the dying days of the American vaudeville scene.

Gypsy follows the Havoc family and their matriarch Rose, who is desperate for her daughters to become stars, giving modern day 'momagers' like Kris Jenner a run for their money.

Liz Magner (Rose) and Greg Rowe (Pop) play father and daughter in Gypsy, which also stars their respective real life daughters.

Liz Magner (Rose) and Greg Rowe (Pop) play father and daughter in Gypsy, which also stars their respective real life daughters.

Whilst Gypsy focuses on the one family, the productions' cast features a number of families, including Liz Magner, who plays Rose, and her daughter Maeve Magner, who plays Baby June, Rose's daughter.

"Being in the show together has changed my experience for the better, said Liz.

"I love watching her doing her thing during the rehearsal process."

Maeve added: "My favourite part of being in Gypsy with my mum is being able to rehearse at home together.

The Gypsy cast also features another mother-child relationship - Linda and Milan Aubrecht.

"We are a family who musical and skate together," said Linda, an ex-professional figure skater whose son Milan also skates. Linda is playing the role of Electra, whilst Milan is in the children's ensemble. Both Linda and Milan have performed in productions with BMMS before.

"[I'm] just very proud watching him do what he loves, I think he's found a happy place," Linda said.

In the title role, Danielle Roorda has been involved both on stage and off stage in previous productions, but this is the first time she will perform in a BMMS show with her Dad, Greg Rowe, who is playing Rose's father.

"I'm certainly excited about sharing a few scenes together, but what I look forward to each week is seeing Dad at rehearsals and watching him enjoy what I've been enjoying for so many years," said Danielle.

"I was literally going on a motorbike ride and called in to see my daughter, when she handed me a script and said what do you think?" said Greg.

"'I'm looking forward to being able to go home and practise together and be able to talk about the show and share some experiences that don't normally happen between an auntie and her niece," said Tayla Finch, of her aunt Kelly Cox, who is also in the cast.

Tayla is returning to the BMMS stage after a four-year hiatus, whilst Kelly returned last year after fourteen years and has been in every production since.

"Getting to share something we have in common and both love is such a special thing," said Kelly.

"It has made me work harder as I'm not one to step away from competition and I don't want her to outshine me too much.

"In all seriousness I'm proud to watch her do so well," Kelly said.

People wanting to attend should make sure they book their tickets quickly, as Gypsy is a show they won't want to miss.

"Above all I think audiences will most enjoy the music, story and the extraordinary characters that are brought to life," said Liz. "Gypsy is full of toe-tapping tunes sure to satisfy any audience member."

If that isn't enough to grab your attention, maybe this will: "They'll love the cow," said Milan.

Blue Mountains Musical Society performs Gypsy from October 19 to November 3 at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub. Tickets are available online at, by calling 4723 5050 or at the venue.

The cost is $46 adults, $42 concession and $36 children. A 10 per cent discount applies for groups of 15 or more.