Solid gold cabaret on at theatre

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - KEL­LEY TAN­TAU

Feath­ers and se­quins will be com­mon­place at Clarence Street Theatre af­ter the cabaret dancers move in next week.

The Solid Gold Im­pact cabaret com­pany mem­bers are in their fi­nal stages of re­hearsals for Solid Gold Im­pact.

The live show, directed, chore­ographed and de­signed by Kerry Davis, fea­tures 15 dancers and nine singers.

It is Davis’s fifth Im­pact cabaret show staged in Hamil­ton.

‘‘Cabaret is cabaret, but we’ve done all dif­fer­ent styles. This is what we be­lieve are the solid gold num­bers through the years that never leave peo­ple,’’ Davis said.

‘‘All the eras have been ad­hered to.’’

Artists in­clude Neil Di­a­mond, Tina Turner, Bey­once, and a trib­ute to Bob Fosse. Gen­res range from rock and roll to latin.

Cabaret is a form of en­ter­tain­ment orig­i­nat­ing in Paris in the 1880s.

Davis said the style is rarely seen in Hamil­ton.

‘‘There isn’t any­thing like it. Dancers don’t get much op­por­tu­nity here to get on stage and show what they can do.

‘‘Peo­ple re­ally love to come and see the tal­ent we have, but some­times they are over­looked be­cause they are lo­cal. In my eyes, they are all su­per pro­fes­sional.’’

Davis said the adult com­pany in­cludes univer­sity law stu­dents, doc­tors, den­tists and teach­ers, vol­un­teer­ing their time to re­hearse since May.

The show con­cept and mu­sic com­pi­la­tion have been in de­vel­op­ment over the past 12 months, with train­ing be­gin­ning at the start of the year with fit­ness and body­con­di­tion­ing classes, she said.

Cos­tume and set de­sign have also been a long process, with set con­struc­tion and cos­tume col­la­tion kick­ing off late last year.

Davis said the com­pany has ac­cu­mu­lated a good amount of cos­tumes, but this year de­cided on new pieces.

‘‘We’ve gone to town on the cos­tum­ing. We make all of the feather head­gear our­selves and all of the cos­tumes over the years have been com­pletely se­quined by hand.’’

Davis said it was a thrill to be work­ing on another show af­ter the suc­cess of Im­pact 4 Ve­gas in 2015. Solid Gold Im­pact Cabaret, Clarence St Theatre, from Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12, to Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14. Full buf­fet din­ing on Fri­day and Satur­day. Tick­ets avail­able at Tick­etek.

Solid Gold Im­pact cabaret dancers, from left, Madi­son Ross, Han­nah Devlin, Court­ney Newdick and Abby Emery.

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