A les­son in ver­sa­til­ity

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is a teacher by day, a clas­si­cal pi­anist by week­end, and now Cas­sidy Wil­son is about to be­come an im­per­son­ator by night. Delv­ing into the golden days when rock’n’roll first came alive, Wil­son stars in the Class of ’59 tour as Amer­i­can rock’n’roll singer-song­writer and pi­anist Jerry Lee Lewis. Join­ing Wil­son in cel­e­brat­ing the era that es­tab­lished a so­cial move­ment, Aus­tralian singer Lon­nie Lee presents his own his­tory of how rock be­gan with An­thony Petrucci per­form­ing the songs as Elvis Pres­ley, Scott Cameron as Buddy Holly, Eric Rass­mussen as Chuck Berry, James Na­tion-in­gle as Bill Ha­ley, Leon Isack­son as Arthur Fonz­erelli and Brian Dean and Alan Free­man as The Everly Broth­ers. Per­form­ing a cat­a­logue of the rock le­gends great­est hits, Wil­son says the all-star con­cert is a fan­tas­tic show. ‘‘It’s two hours of high en­ergy hits,’’ he says. ‘‘Ev­ery­one knows the songs. They’ll be danc­ing in the aisles.’’ Teach­ing at Mi­ami High School dur­ing the week, Wil­son steps on to the stage at Palazzo Ver­sace of a week­end to play clas­si­cal pi­ano. He ad­mits step­ping on stage as Jerry Lee Lewis is ‘‘the com­plete op­po­site’’. ‘‘He’s a crazy en­er­getic rock and roller,’’ says Wil­son. ‘‘I do a cover of Great Balls of Fire, peo­ple go berserk for that song. It’s three min­utes of me scream­ing and belt­ing the pi­ano. It’s a fun con­trast from what I usu­ally do when play­ing pi­ano.’’ Class of ’59 is Wil­son’s first big stage show. He says work­ing with such a fan­tas­tic cast is a priv­i­lege. ‘‘They are very dy­namic and at the top of their game,’’ he says. Tak­ing the show to 32 dif­fer­ent au­di­ences across Australia, Wil­son looks for­ward to be­ing on the road. ‘‘Mu­sic has given me the abil­ity to travel, it’s great,’’ he says. ‘‘Some of the teach­ers and stu­dents from school will be com­ing to see the Gold Coast show. It’s go­ing to be a lot of fun.’’

CLASS of ’59 plays Twin Towns on April 21. Tick­ets are $55.

Pi­anist Cas­sidy Wil­son

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