Hines shows Vel­vet touch

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - TANYA MACNAUGHTON

THE sparkle of Stu­dio 54 is at Fringe World Fes­ti­val this year in cabaret show Vel­vet and at the cen­tre of this cap­ti­vat­ing fusion of disco, dance and cir­cus is divine singer Mar­cia Hines.

Cre­ated by her manager Peter Rix and di­rected by Craig Ilott, Vel­vet has al­ready proven a suc­cess on the east coast of Aus­tralia and in Ed­in­burgh, which Hines said was a big re­lief.

“You go into re­hearsals and hope to good­ness that it’s go­ing to be great,” she said.

“You ap­plaud your fel­low per­form­ers in re­hearsals and then put it in front of an au­di­ence; I re­mem­ber the re­ac­tion was as­tound­ing.

“You can re­hearse as much as you want but the proof is in the pud­ding and that’s your au­di­ence.”

Hines said the show started with a young man entering the Stu­dio 54es­que venue, un­sure of who he was or what he wanted out of life.

He finds him­self af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced to some un­usual characters.

“We have aerial acts, great disco mu­sic, fan­tas­tic light­ing and costumes; it’s a won­der­ful en­sem­ble,” Hines said.

“I get to sing my song You, Boo­gie Won­der­land and Never Knew Love Like This Be­fore, but I don’t want to give too much else away.”

Hines said she loved the ca­ma­raderie be­tween cast mem­bers, which was for­tu­nate since they would per­form to­gether for a to­tal of 40 weeks this year.

“I first came to Aus­tralia to do Hair and I love the­atre and work­ing with an en­sem­ble,” she said.

“You learn a lot about your­self and learn what it is to be a shar­ing per­former.

“In the­atre, if you don’t say your line or sing your song, your fel­low per­former can’t come out next.

“I never take my work for granted and I love what I do for a liv­ing.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d464436

Mar­cia Hines.

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