SOLARIA TO SET THE RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT
ocal creative mastermind Sue Porrett loves to add a personal touch to her glamorous and monumental stage shows.
For her latest flavoursome production, the special original quality is hidden in the title – SolAria - An International Sensation.
The talented mother of triplets named the show after her daughters, Solei and Aria.
“Kash is my gorgeous little boy and he’s a bit upset that his name isn’t in the show – but I said your name is all the money we are hopefully going to make,” Porrett jokes, laughing sweetly.
With a passion for nurturing local talent as well as attracting big-name international stars, there is no doubt the former performer and Aerial Angels boss has created another winner.
SolAria is the third show Porrett has produced for the Jupiters Theatre stage in recent years. The first, LumiAir – A Cirque Extraordinaire!, debuted under the Big Top at Broadwater Parklands late 2012 before moving to Jupiters for an extended season.
Porrett is celebrating the fact LumiAir is about to go on tour through Asia as she prepares for the opening night of SolAria at Jupiters Hotel & Casino tonight.
Fusing an exotic mix of Latin and Cuban themes with cirque acrobatics, dance and song, SolAria features a cast of more than 30 performers.
“The show is very rhythm-based with a huge dance cirqe number,” she says.
“It’s been in pre-production for six months. It’s very different from the past shows. It’s more dance-based with some amazing vocalists.”
High-energy dance numbers and vocals are combined with impressive feats of skill and strength including trapeze, aerial straps, contortion, hand-balancing, juggling, Capoeira, acrobatics and fire-breathing.
The SolAria soundtrack celebrates the rhythmic beats of Havana, Miami, Africa, Spain, Brazil and Colombia.
“It’s very modern day and there are some original pieces in the show,” Porrett says. “It has a great international flavour and a bigger cast than we have ever had before.”
Porrett says the subtle storyline follows a beautiful young woman who returns to the exotic place of her birth.
“She revisits her homeland where she remembers her past life being full of colour and rhythm and celebration,” she says. “Where she lives now is between four walls in the city, and she longs to go back.”
SolAria, Jupiters Hotel & Casino, tonight until July 27.
SolAria, which stars Thern Reynolds and Nicole Sokolovic, will be an extravagant treat at Jupiters Hotel & Casino.