Hol­ly­wood comes to Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

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.

The Hunger Games by Bod­ies and Mo­tion

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