Stu­dents put on glitz for cabaret

The Tribune (NZ) - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT -

Alit­tle song, a lit­tle dance, a cer­tain way of dress­ing, a lit­tle night mu­sic, some sass, some class – com­bined with a night­club feel, and hey presto, cabaret.

First Love – a cabaret from UCOL Diploma in Per­form­ing Arts stu­dents is an ex­plo­ration in song and per­for­mance of peo­ple in and out of love.

‘‘The stu­dents have cho­sen their own songs,’’ ex­plains UCOL’s Lilicherie McGre­gor, with the reper­toire in­clud­ing the Pro­claimers’ 500 Miles and Sat­is­fac­tion by the Rolling Stones, Don’t Dream It’s Over by Crowded House, Nir­vana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy.

Un­der the di­rec­tion of singing coach, English folk singer Vikki Clay­ton, the young per­form­ers will be per­form­ing so­los, duos and in groups

‘‘We’re go­ing for a smokey night­club look – glitzy evening dresses and tuxe­dos, with the au­di­ence seated at ta­bles, with snacks and a drink’’ Lilicherie says. ‘‘Their task is to put these songs across. They’re not opera singers, so they need to sell the songs as ac­tors.’’

Ac­com­pa­nied by a four piece band led by Viv and Tony McG­lynn, First Love – a cabaret plays from Oc­to­ber 7 – 10 in the Eu­logy Lounge of the Awa­puni Race­course Func­tion Cen­tre. Book­ings are es­sen­tial from Lilicherie o21 296 2910 or l.mcgre­gor@ucol.ac.nz.

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