Hollywood comes to Port
SOME of the best ideas may come to you when you’re not really looking.
For Saskia Turner, facing her fifth major end of year production since taking over Bodies in Motion, inspiration came from a trip to Movie World.
“I walked in and there it was – ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ was playing and I got the whole idea from that,” she said.
“It goes through the different ages and stages of Hollybig wood. It’s about a little girl who gets transported back to old Hollywood and Marilyn Monroe shows her how things used to be and walks her through some of the most memorable moments.”
The rich musical and dance history of Hollywood gives plenty of scope for material, beginning with something as obvious as “Singing In the Rain” – but this time with a twist at the hands of Saskia Turner.
“That is actually one of our numbers in the show, and we’ve got vocals and tapping and umbrellas, incorporating lots of aspects into the one routine. We start off with the old classic from the original musical and then we modernise it into a more contemporary tap routine. Which should be really entertaining and exciting for the audience, I think.
“I went to see ‘Singing In the Rain’ recently in Brisbane and that was really good to get some inspiration, and I knew a few of the dancers in the pro- duction too, so that was pretty cool.”
Saskia grew up in Mossman and started dancing with Bodies in Motion at a tender age. She did her teaching qualification in Mossman and took up an assistant teaching role, before moving to Brisbane at the end of high school to dance with a company there.
Then the opportunity arose to take over Bodies in Motion so she returned to Mossman and has carried on building the school into a currently very healthy academy that has 300 students, ranging from kids 2½ to people in their senior years.
All of them will be doing their thing on stage at this year’s major production at the Sheraton, which runs over two nights, Friday, December 2 and Saturday.
The show is in two acts running nearly three hours and presenting more than 30 numbers. It’s a heck of a lot of singing and dancing but then Douglas has come to expect nothing less.
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