Hidden tal­ents

Show brings out the best

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

Ex­pe­ri­ence a smor­gas­bord of singing and danc­ing, em­bel­lished with colour­ful cos­tumes and in­ter­est­ing tech­nol­ogy when Let’s Shine To­gether shows this month.

The Al­bany Light Opera and Theatre Com­pany present their fourth ren­di­tion of the Let’s Shine se­ries, star­ring the hidden tal­ents of peo­ple liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity.

Di­rec­tor Janet McArt­ney said a num­ber of com­pany mem­bers had fam­ily and friends liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity be it phys­i­cal, in­tel­lec­tual or men­tal.

“Some dis­abil­i­ties are no­tice­able oth­ers are not,” she said.

“Our cast mem­bers with a dis­abil­ity are called ‘guests stars’, have tal­ents that they would not nor­mally be able to show to oth­ers un­less in a com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment such that we pro­vide at our re­hearsals,

“They gain new friend­ships and a con­fi­dence.”

The pro­duc­tion will fea­ture hits from ABBA, Elvis, Shrek, High School Mu­si­cal and Mary Pop­pins, and dance will in­clude bal­let, Zumba and belly danc­ing.

The third in­stal­ment of the se­ries won the City of Al­bany Aus­tralia Day Event of the Year for the 2014 per­for­mance.

McArt­ney said this per­for­mance promised an even more en­ter­tain­ing show than the pre­vi­ous award-win­ning per­for­mance.

“This pro­duc­tion has many more modern acts than pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tions.

“It in­cor­po­rates some new tech­nol­ogy with mir­ror balls video, UV light and a fire light.”

The show cel­e­brates Dis­abil­ity Aware­ness Week which takes place from De­cem­ber 3 to 9.

Let’s Shine To­gether shows at the Port Theatre on two week­ends — Satur­day, Novem­ber 18 and 25 at 7:30pm, and on Sun­day, Novem­ber 19 and 26 at 2pm.

Tick­ets are avail­able at Paper­bark Mer­chants, or on­line at pa­per­barks.com.au for $20 adult and $15 stu­dent and con­ces­sion.

Evan Ayres will be singing Elvis songs.

MC Con­nor Menezies is also the open­ing “Yes We Can” singer.

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