THE Griffith community have been counting down the days to the World Premiere of Sunshine Super Girl, a theatrical celebration of Wiradjuri sporting legend Evonne Goolagong-Cawley.
The event of both national and cultural significance will be held at West End Sports Stadium on October 7, with the Griffith venue being converted into a 'tennis court stage' for the production.
Manager of Griffith Regional Theatre, Raina Savage, says the once-in-a-lifetime experience will bring the entire community together in an incredible celebration of home-grown talent.
"We really felt the launch needed to be here and the Aboriginal community strongly backed that," Ms Savage said.
"She grew up here, this is where she comes from, this is her original country.
"There will be an amazing performance and people will get a real taste of what's in store for them."
Evonne Goolagong-Cawley won the Australian Open four times, Wimbledon twice and the French Open once. She also secured victory in 92 other professional tournaments and was a Grand Slam finalist 18 times.
The Wiradjuri icon learnt to play by hitting a tennis ball against a wall with a frying pan, and has earned a place within the sporting hall of fame and cemented herself as a household celebrity.
Griffith Regional Theatre managed to secure the highly sought-after World Premiere rights to her unique, inspiring and heart-warming story.
Griffith City Councillor Mike Neville says the event is set to be spectacular.
"I am excited to announce that Evonne and her husband Roger, amongst other VIPs will be welcomed by this incredible Welcome to Country Red Carpet Premiere Performance," Cr Neville said.
"Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restriction, the Welcome Ceremony will not be open to the public, however it will be streamed online."
Playwright Andrea James is the mastermind behind the quintessential Australian story, perfectly capturing the story of a Griffith-born girl who dared to dream and became World Number One.
If you would like to buy tickets to Sunshine Super Girl, contact the Griffith Regional Theatre on 6962 8444.