Life is a Cabaret, in Craiglie any­way

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PER­FORM­ERS are putting on fish­net stock­ings, stilet­tos, top hats and suits to per­form two cabaret shows in Life is a Cabaret this week­end.

The Port Dou­glas Academy of Per­form­ing Arts (PDAPA) have been warm­ing up their vo­cal cords since July last year to take the stage and sing songs from a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cals in­clud­ing hits from Chicago, Gyp­sie, Mamma Mia and Singing in the Rain.

Pro­ducer and di­rec­tor of ’Life is a Cabaret’ and PDAPA Prin­ci­pal Nelle Nor­man is very proud of the per­form­ers.

“Act one will fea­ture our younger stu­dents rang­ing from two years of age to 18 years, then there will be an in­ter­val fol­lowed by act two per­formed by our se­niors,” she said.

“The stu­dents have worked re­ally hard and are pro­duc­ing some fan­tas­tic vo­cals at the mo­ment.

“It is go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic night of en­ter­tain­ment with stu­dents per­form­ing so­los, group acts and duos. “

In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned per­former Wilma Read­ing is the vo­cal coach, Natasha Rei­del from the Syd­ney Dance Academy is the drama teacher and An­gel Mak­in­tosh is the chore­og­ra­pher for the pro­duc­tion.

“These kids have tons of tal­ent, com­mit­ment, pas­sion and de­sire to be­come pro­fes­sional per­form­ers,” Mrs Nor­man said.

“They love what they do and they thrive on new chal­lenges and pro­duc­tions.”

The cre­ative group of per­form­ers are plan­ning to transform a shed from Craiglie into a cabaret lounge and theatre with pro­fes­sional light­ing set up by Ward Benedict.

The shows will kick off at 7pm from April 1-3 in Shed 5, Lot 7 in Craiglie.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the PDAPA stu­dio in Craiglie or at the door on the night. Adults cost $15 and stu­dents or pen­sion­ers cost $10.

Go­ing green: Port Dou­glas State School stu­dents Bri­anna Berzin­ski

and Elise Dormer

Photo by SAM SMALLBONE

Gear­ing up for the show: lo­cal per­former Grace Walker

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