Star dances in at the last minute
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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