COVER STORY:

Sun­day Lucia doesn't need a stage to per­form, she’ll be mak­ing ran­dom ap­pear­ances at Noosa alive!

Life & Style Weekend - - WELCOME // INSIDE TODAY - Layne Whit­burn

EAT, the beach, Sun­shine sleep Coast… re­peat.but there It’s is the some­thing week­end a mantralit­tle less on sandy and a lot more sparkly hap­pen­ing to­day till July

30.

Back by pop­u­lar de­mand, cabaret and bur­lesque per­former,

Sun­day Lucia, is on Sun­shine Coast soil for Noosa alive! and she will be pop­ping up through­out the 10-day fes­ti­val when you least ex­pect it. For­mally known as the Noosa Long Week­end Fes­ti­val, Noosa

alive! brings a fresh vibe to the fes­ti­val ded­i­cated to mu­sic, theatre, food and thought.

Sun­day’s main per­for­mance as Miss Hum­ming­bird on July 28 at the Ro­coco Beach Club Mar­quee em­bod­ies ev­ery­thing the fes­ti­val stand for – ex­quis­ite fash­ion, de­li­cious danc­ing, won­drous cui­sine and a whole lot of fun. We go be­hind the scenes with the star of Miss Hum­ming­bird,

Sun­day Lucia to talk all things fash­ion, theatre and a few hints on where she will be hid­ing through­out the fes­ti­val.

What con­vinced you agree to be a part of Noosa alive! again this year?

It was so fan­tas­tic last year I would be mad not to be a part of

it.

As a trav­el­ling cabaret and bur­lesque per­former, does life on the road ever get lonely?

No never lonely there is no time for that plus be­ing in this

cre­ative en­vi­ron­ment al­ways gets you into sit­u­a­tions where there is plenty of other like minded in­di­vid­u­als happy to share in

the fri­vol­ity.

You are al­ways trav­el­ling, does the stage feel like home to you?

It is def­i­nitely home as soon as those lights go up there is this know­ing that I am meant to be here.

De­scribe that feel­ing be­ing on stage.

Its hard not to re­spond with a cliche but it is ex­hil­a­rat­ing, a

thrill and a rush com­bined with a lit­tle nerve just to re­mind you of your vul­ner­a­bil­ity as a live per­former trust­ing that what

comes out is what you have been re­hears­ing plus some.

Where does your in­spi­ra­tion come from when cre­at­ing new ma­te­rial/chore­og­ra­phy?

Life and its sur­prises ….. I take in­spi­ra­tion from the ec­cen­tric

side that is in us all.

You are apart of Lo­cale af­ter Dark again this year, per­form­ing late night en­ter­tain­ment from tonight till Tues­day, July 25. How does it feel to have been called back by pop­u­lar de­mand?

I am thrilled that the au­di­ence loved what I did, its al­ways a

gam­ble when you per­form in front of an un­known crowd. You

cant help but think, ‘will they get it? will they like it? what if it’s

a con­ser­va­tive crowd?’ But it seems Noosa has a very fun and par­tic­i­pa­tory au­di­ence that likes a lit­tle art and nu­dity mixed

to­gether. What do you love about the Noosa au­di­ence and

vibe?

Its all en­com­pass­ing, such a di­verse au­di­ence with a great

ap­petite.

What makes Noosa alive! spe­cial?

The qual­ity of the artists that are in­volved and the di­verse

range of tal­ent on tap! There is noth­ing like it, 10 days of fab­u­lous en­ter­tain­ment at a sought af­ter in­ti­mate coastal

des­ti­na­tion…. the mood is in­fec­tious.

Can you spill any hints on where we may find you ran­domly pop­ping up through­out the fes­ti­val?

Well it will be ran­dom but lets just say the cof­fee at aro­mas is

tast­ing great and ro­coco for cock­tails will de­liver more than the

There is noth­ing like it, 10 days of fab­u­lous en­ter­tain­ment at a sought af­ter in­ti­mate coastal des­ti­na­tion…. the mood is in­fec­tious.

usual dirty dry mar­tini.

Let’s talk Miss Hum­ming­bird…

What was it like work­ing with chore­og­ra­pher and artis­tic di­rec­tor, Pene­lope Mullen?

Ex­tra­or­di­nary. This tal­ented woman con­tin­ues to be one of my ab­so­lute favourite chore­og­ra­phers to work with. Pene­lope has

this way of ex­tract­ing the es­sen­tial juice from a dancer and giv­ing it a sparkling touch. Her vi­sions as a chore­og­ra­pher take you as the dancer on a wild ride of­ten re­quir­ing raw guts and sheer vul­ner­a­bil­ity. The out­come is a piece of magic

What have you taken from this ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with Pene­lope?

Be present and en­joy the wild ride.

What role do cos­tumes play in a per­for­mance/show like this?

Cos­tumes breathe life into the form and give it per­son­al­ity, like a cake it needs to be dressed. In par­tic­u­lar for this show

they bring out the cou­ture/glam­our as­pect as op­posed to util­ity pur­poses which is what you see with many con­tem­po­rary per­for­mances. How does a cos­tume trans­form you as a per­former? Cos­tumes en­able me as the per­former to trans­form from the

stu­dio to the stage and en­velop the role.

How has fash­ion de­sign supremo, Cindy Vo­gels, in­flu­enced the show with her de­signs?

Cindy Vo­gels is a cos­tu­mier, milliner, fash­ion de­signer and artist. Her tal­ents are multi faceted and has en­abled a whole other layer to be weaved into this unique col­lab­o­ra­tion.

What makes Miss Hum­ming­bird unique to any other show you have done be­fore?

The chal­lenge of pre­sent­ing cou­ture out­fits whilst main­tain­ing the essence of a tech­ni­cal dancer. I think the chal­lenge is to find

the com­mon thread that links all artists to­gether in a col­lab­o­ra­tion like this. There is alot of un­known el­e­ments that

re­ally can only come to­gether in the fi­nal days of prepa­ra­tion so I think you have to trust the process and what each in­di­vid­ual artist brings to the ta­ble. As for danc­ing in cos­tumes that

Lastly… What acts are you look­ing for­ward to see­ing over the Fes­ti­val?

Oh my its out­ra­geous how many fan­tas­tic per­for­mances are on of­fer. I am very keen to see Luke Kennedy his voice, The

Fab­u­lous baker girl, Lady Bea­tle and the amaz­ing en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer on the beach with Chukale, Is­rael Or­tiz and the

Brazil­lian car­ni­val dancers. What a riot!

PHOTO: BARRY AL­SOP, EYES WIDE SHUT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY.

L-R: Noosa alive! Pres­i­dent, Jo­hanne Wright, Di­rec­tor / Chore­og­ra­pher of Miss Hum­ming­bird, Pene­lope Mullen, and Noosa alive! pop­ups, Sun­day Lucia and Damien An­thony Rossi.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED.

Sun­day Lucia is Miss Hum­ming­bird.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED.

Back by pop­u­lar de­mand, Sun­day Lucia is a cabaret and bur­lesque per­former who will be pop­ping up through­out Noosa alive! when you least ex­pect it.

PHOTO: BARRY AL­SOP

Sun­day Lucia stole the spot­light at the 2016 Noosa Long Week­end Fes­ti­val’s Lo­cal af­ter Dark.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED.

Sneak peek: Sun­day Lucia at a dress re­hearsal for Miss Hum­ming­bird wear­ing a de­sign by Cindy Vo­gels.

PHOTO: BARRY AL­SOP, EYES WIDE SHUT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY.

L-R: Noosa alive! Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee and Per­former, Stan May, Di­rec­tor/ Chore­og­ra­pher of Miss Hum­ming­bird, Pene­lope Mullen, NOOSA alive! pop­ups, Sun­day Lucia and Damien An­thony Rossi’s and Jo­hanne Wright, Noosa alive! Pres­i­dent. ◗

PHOTO: MICHELE STERN­BERG

Prepa­ra­tions for the Ro­coco Beach Club Mar­quee event, Miss Hum­ming­bird. L-R: Richard Pace of Ro­coco, Noosa alive! Pres­i­dent Jo­hanne Wright (front) MC Rosanna Na­toli and de­signer Cindy Vo­gels.

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