Rock and rolling about

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - Tanya Macnaughton

DIREC­TOR Crispin Tay­lor prom­ises there would be no sleazy Tom Cruise, like there was in the 2012 film, when WAAPA sec­ond-year mu­sic theatre stu­dents present mu­si­cal Rock of Ages at Round­house Theatre from Oc­to­ber 13.

“I’ve seen the film, although I wouldn’t bother watch­ing that,” Tay­lor said. “The stage show is much more fun and we’re fall­ing about laugh­ing a lot in re­hearsals.

“It’s no deep night in the theatre and the story is very light­weight.

“It fol­lows a coun­try girl who comes to LA’S Sun­set Strip in the mid 1980s and falls in love with a young bar­tender who wants to be a rock star.”

Chris D’arienzo wrote the juke­box mu­si­cal and the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion ran for al­most six years on Broad­way fea­tur­ing hits from Bon Jovi, Jour­ney, Twisted Sis­ter, Europe and For­eigner.

“D’arienzo wanted to cre­ate a mu­si­cal that all his rock friends would come and en­joy, so the show ab­so­lutely pleases both camps,” he said.

“It’s the mu­si­cal you bring peo­ple to who don’t like mu­si­cals. They’ll laugh a lot and sign along with the ma­te­rial.

“They can’t get their lighters out any­more, but maybe they’ll get their mo­bile phones out and sway along.”

Tay­lor said his se­condyear stu­dents were find­ing the rock songs vo­cally chal­leng­ing.

“Oc­ca­sion­ally you’ll get the right cast for the show and I’ve been lucky with this one,” he said.

“What I mean is, in a stu­dent pro­duc­tion you’re of­ten hav­ing to ma­nip­u­late or pup­peteer one of the per­form­ers into a role that doesn’t quite suit them. But with this par­tic­u­lar cast, they all suit their roles so per­fectly.”

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Sec­ond-year WAAPA stu­dents Is­abelle Davis and Ben­jamin Barker star in Rock of Ages.Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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