shows: Tweed gets a taste of Fame

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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

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