A lesson in versatility
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