Peat loves get­ting down and Dirty

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

THE life of a per­former means never know­ing what is just around the cor­ner.

Syd­ney dancer Mad­die Peat was on the way to her first day at a new re­tail job when her agent phoned to say she had the part of Penny John­son in the latest Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion of Dirty Danc­ing.

“It was my first shift af­ter my trial,” the 20year-old said. “My agent phoned and said I started on the show to­mor­row, so I went in to my new work and said, ‘Hey, so I can’t work here any­more’. Thank­fully they were re­ally great about it.”

The role is Peat’s first in a ma­jor pro­duc­tion and the bub­bly blonde said she still had trou­ble be­liev­ing she was in the cast star­ring Kurt Phelan as Johnny Castle and Kirby Burgess as ‘Baby’ House­man.

The for­mer So You Think You Can Dance (Aus­tralia sea­son 4) con­tes­tant said she had em­braced the chal­lenge of the act­ing side of her role.

“It’s some­thing I’ve al­ways wanted to do,” she said. “I knew I’d be able to nail the danc­ing, even though it is quite hard, but the act­ing was such a chal­lenge.

“It’s not film so you can’t stuff up a line and cut. If you stuff up, you have to sort it out. Ev­ery night is so re­ward­ing af­ter do­ing each scene.”

Although Peat did not see the first Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion of Dirty Danc­ing, which pre­miered in Syd­ney 10 years ago, she was cer­tainly fa­mil­iar with the film.

“I grew up watch­ing it when­ever we had fam­ily gath­er­ings,” she said. “The end scene is the best.”

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has 10 dou­ble passes to give away to Dirty Danc­ing. En­ter at www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au be­fore July 6.

Mad­die Peat as Penny John­son with Kurt Phelan as Johnny Castle.

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