Tap back to swinging 60s
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.
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.