Astaire show has all the glitz
Triple threat actors in Proserpine to perform
IT’S not every week that a nationally renowned cast comes to Proserpine to perform two free live shows.
But the cast team of A Fine Romance – The Magic of Fred Astaire wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I just really hope that by us coming we can engage the community and bring something special after the unfortunate (cyclone) event that occurred,” leading man and actor Joe Meldrum said.
The cast performed for the Proserpine Nursing Home yesterday and will perform at the Proserpine RSL at 11am today.
The show, featuring Joe Meldrum, Sage Douglas (leading lady) and pianist Dominic Woodhead is all about replicating the career of Fred Astaire who rose to fame in the face of adversity.
The Australian artists, from Adelaide and Melbourne, have a rich background in theatre and performing arts which sets the bar high.
There is something for everyone with classic songs including The Way You Look Tonight, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off and more.
Leading man Joe Meldrum said he and leading woman Sage Douglas were always determined to provide their audience with an authentic experience.
“Sage and I have to be triple threats,” he said.
“We need to be strong singers, actors and dancers because (Fred) was a triple threat as well.”
The audience will be taken on an exhilarating journey through Fred Astaire’s early life, tracking his humble beginnings on the Broadway stage and progressing to his Hollywood success and on-screen romantic tales.
Mr Meldrum said Fred Astaire’s life struck a chord with him, and he just wanted to pay the man the respect he deserved.
“His determination really resonates with me,” he said.
“He and his sister worked together first and had a screen cast in Hollywood and they were told they were horrible.
“He was told he had big ears, that he couldn’t act, his hairline was receding and he would never be a star.
“But he went back to Hollywood for a second gig and went on to make great shows.” A Fine Romance - The Magic of Fred Astaire May 25, 11am Proserpine RSL Free
TRIPLE THREAT: Joe Meldrum will be the leading man performing A Fine Romance, featuring the character of Fred Astaire.