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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.

Pic­ture: KIT WISE

So­lAria, which stars Th­ern Reynolds and Ni­cole Sokolovic, will be an ex­trav­a­gant treat at Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino.

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