shows: Tweed gets a taste of Fame
IT is the biggest all-singing all-dancing show the Tweed Theatre Company has put on in more than 13 years and Fame the Musical stars a host of local talented actors, singers and dancers.
Directed by Annie Lotocki, Fame the Musical opens at the Tweed Civic Centre tomorrow night.
The popular production follows a group of six colourful acting, dancing and singing students in the 1980s as they learn to master their craft and grow up alongside each other at a performing arts school in New York.
The wannabe stars endure love stories, drug addictions, trials and tribulations as they journey from freshman to graduation.
The Tweed’s ‘‘fresh’’ version of the show stars a massive cast of 32 led by choreographer Clay English playing the role of Tyrone Jackson.
He is joined by local actors and singers including Rachel Love, Alison McKenzie, Jack Harbour, Rebecca Cristaldi, Hayden Bech, Deborah LeighRussell, Michelle Cook and Jesse Aviu.
Student, 15-year-old Aviu, is a regular busker at a Pottsville cafe and auditioned with a guitar and a laidback song, impressing director Lotocki.
With no formal training in music or dance, Jesse got his rhythm from his father, originally from the Cook Islands, who taught him as a youngster.
He has put in the hard yards playing character Goodman King, enduring dance, singing and acting rehearsals three times a week.
Choreographer English says the show was a reimagined version of the original.
‘‘It is not meant to be a copy of Fame the movie,’’ he says.
‘‘The musical does use some of the same character types and plot devices but it deals with students’ journey, according to the writers, in a fresh and unencumbered way.’’
opens tomorrow at Tweed Civic Centre and plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm until July 8. Tickets are $22 to $28. Call 1800 674 414 to book.
(From left) Jack Harbour , Ashley Waterman (orange top ) , Rebecca Cristaldi and Hayden Bech star in Tweed Theatre Company’s staging of