As­taire show has all the glitz

Triple threat ac­tors in Proser­pine to per­form

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­

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

4945 2312

TRIPLE THREAT: Joe Meldrum will be the lead­ing man per­form­ing A Fine Ro­mance, fea­tur­ing the char­ac­ter of Fred As­taire.

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