Tap back to swing­ing 60s

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Dig out your go-go boots and coif your hair be­cause the swing­ing 60s are back and bolder than ever in Down­town: The Mod Mu­si­cal.

Auck­land Mu­sic The­atre’s end-of-year show has hit the stage at the West­point Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre and is guar­an­teed to get young and old au­di­ence mem­bers tap­ping their feet to its sound­track of clas­sic hits, di­rec­tor John Fausett says.

The ‘‘juke­box mu­si­cal’’ fol­lows the dis­tinct lives of five young women from the decade where miniskirts were in and mod­esty was out.

Th­ese women grew up to be the moth­ers, aunts and movers and shak­ers in the decades that fol­lowed, Mr Fausett says.

Recog­nis­able num­bers from the likes of Dusty Spring­field and Shirley Bassey and the cast’s vi­brant cos­tumes are tak­ing many au­di­ence mem­bers on a trip down me­mory lane.

‘‘Women can see them­selves in th­ese characters and that is ex­actly what we wanted to trig­ger in peo­ple,’’ Mr Fausett says.

And those in the au­di­ence wish­ing to re­live the 60s or get a feel for the decade can give gogo danc­ing a go at the aftershow disco.

Mr Fausett re­cently re­ceived the Mu­si­cal The­atre New Zealand Merit Award for more than 20 years of vol­un­teer com- mu­nity ser­vice to the­atre.

‘‘Af­ter so many years in the­atre I am ex­tremely proud to be work­ing with such a bril­liant cast and crew,’’ the Mt Al­bert man says.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Movers and shak­ers: Per­form­ers, from left: Katie Bier­with, Emma Bishop and Loren Con­way are cel­e­brat­ing the swing­ing 60s in Auck­land Mu­sic The­atre’s Down­town: The Mod Mu­si­cal. West­point Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, 190 Meola Rd, West­mere. Go to iticket.co.nz for tick­ets.

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