Star dances in at the last minute

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

lat­est re­cruit, Tra­cie Filmer (pic­tured) was made for the role she re­cently in­her­ited in the cabaret res­tau­rant’s new show, Trans­fu­sion. Trans­fu­sion’s act­ing di­rec­tor Richard Ma­cio­nis says his ‘‘very ex­pe­ri­enced’’ co-star stepped into the role at short notice when orig­i­nal lead­ing lady Charne Louise was cho­sen as a con­tes­tant for Chan­nel 9’s re­al­ity TV se­ries Big Brother. ‘‘Our un­der­stud­ies are of the same qual­ity as our leads,’’ Ma­cio­nis says. ‘‘Tra­cie re­ally shines in the role and even though it was ac­tu­ally writ­ten with Charne in mind, it could have eas­ily been writ­ten for Tra­cie. Not ev­ery­one can do the danc­ing, singing and play­ing mul­ti­ple in­stru­ments that the role re­quires. It is very de­mand­ing, but luck­ily Tra­cie can do it all. We had to pre­pare her quicker than we had planned but it’s been a good ex­per­i­ment and it has thank­fully worked out re­ally well. Tra­cie is fan­tas­tic.’’ How­ever, Filmer’s role in Trans­fu­sion might be over as quickly as it be­gan, with Louise al­ready fac­ing the pos­si­bil­ity she’ll be booted from the Big Brother house in the first evic­tion show on Sun­day night. Ma­cio­nis says Filmer is ‘‘keep­ing the seat warm’’ un­til Louise’s re­turn. Book­maker Tom Water­house, who de­scribes Louise as ‘‘dom­i­nat­ing’’, is favourite to be the first con­tes­tant evicted.

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