Elec­tric per­for­mance guar­an­teed

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Wim­mera per­form­ers have been don­ning acid-wash and tight leather out­fits in prepa­ra­tion for Hor­sham Arts Coun­cil’s lat­est pro­duc­tion – Rock of Ages.

The eight-show pro­duc­tion, start­ing at Hor­sham Town Hall on May 9 and fin­ish­ing on May 18, features a rockin’ 80s playlist and nine new Hor­sham Arts Coun­cil mem­bers.

Coun­cil pres­i­dent Si­mon Dandy, play­ing ‘Hertz Klin­ne­man’, said the pro­duc­tion was like a live con­cert and he was ex­cited for cast mem­bers to fi­nally take to the stage af­ter months of hard work.

“We have nine new mem­bers on stage who are new cast mem­bers at Hor­sham Arts Coun­cil,” he said.

“The lead role is played by Dy­lan Shal­less from Bal­larat. I think the au­di­ence will re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate we have a lot of lo­cal ta­lent on show with this pro­duc­tion.”

Rock of Ages fol­lows small-town girl ‘Sher­rie’ and city boy ‘Drew’, who meet on Los An­ge­les’ Sun­set Strip and fall in love while chasing their per­form­ing-arts dreams.

Built on a back-drop of 1980s Hol­ly­wood and fea­tur­ing fa­mous glam metal out­fits of the decade, the rock ’n’ roll fairy­tale en­sures big drama, big hair and some of the big­gest rock songs of the 80s.

Di­rec­tor Erin Boutcher, mak­ing her di­rec­to­rial de­but for Hor­sham Arts Coun­cil, said Wim­mera au­di­ences could an­tic­i­pate ‘elec­tric en­ergy’.

“I have seen Rock of Ages per­formed a few times and just thought, wow – the en­ergy is so high right from the start,” she said.

“I think Hor­sham will love it. I know a lot of the rock mu­sic events here do re­ally well.

“It is 80s mu­sic that ev­ery­one will know, so I just can’t wait for the au­di­ence to hear the songs. We are all re­ally ex­cited.”

Peo­ple can visit www.hor­sham­town­hall.com.au or call the town hall box of­fice on 5382 9555 to book tick­ets.

Prin­ci­pal roles

Eleni Vet­tos Role: Regina What is your favourite song in the show and why? My favourite song would have to be ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’. The mu­si­cal ar­range­ment is re­ally quirky, the scene is ab­so­lutely hi­lar­i­ous, and the chore­og­ra­phy Liam and I per­form is go­ing to cap­ti­vate ev­ery sin­gle au­di­ence mem­ber. If you were an 80s rock star, who would you be and why? Tina Turner. We are both sassy, highly en­er­getic, bring a pos­i­tive and lov­ing vibe to the peo­ple around us and thrive on shak­ing our tail feath­ers on a stage. Most mem­o­rable 80s fashion state­ment? As a teenager I went through a mas­sive 80s phase, so I think the most mem­o­rable fashion state­ment that stood out for me was the colour, denim and over­sized out­fits. Why should peo­ple come and see the show? It’s a show that many au­di­ence mem­bers will be able to rock along to. There are a range of fresh new faces and ta­lent in the cast and live rock ’n’ roll mu­sic from a band that will not dis­ap­point. Rachel Da Graca Costa

Role: Sher­rie What is your favourite song in the show and why? Ev­ery time we re­hearse a new song you will hear the words, ‘this is my favourite!’ It’s a tie be­tween ‘Har­den My Heart’ by Quar­ter­flash, and ‘High Enough’ by Damn Yan­kees. But when you are com­pet­ing against songs from Jour­ney, Styx, Bon Jovi… tough de­ci­sion. If you were an 80s rock star, who would you be and why? Ste­vie Nicks, part rocker, part hippy, part diva. She had both a killer solo ca­reer and gets to sing with Fleet­wood Mac. Most mem­o­rable 80s fashion state­ment? I didn’t ar­rive un­til the 90s, but I do have a fond­ness for acid-wash and stud­ded leather which will both fea­ture in this show – a lot. Why should peo­ple come and see the show? Rock of Ages has brought to­gether such an amaz­ing cast of per­form­ers and each per­son brings with them some­thing ex­tra that is re­ally go­ing to make it mem­o­rable. This is not your usual ‘night at the the­atre’, it’s about as close to a rock con­cert as any mu­si­cal is go­ing to get. I can guarantee the au­di­ence bet­ter pre­pare to have their minds blown.

Dy­lan Shal­less Role: Drew Bo­ley What is your favourite song in the show and why? ‘Here I Go Again’. What’s not to love about a rip-roar­ing end-of-act num­ber with the full en­sem­ble and prin­ci­pals all get­ting to sink their teeth into a high-en­ergy rock-bal­lad? If you were an 80s rock star, who would you be and why? David Lee Roth, big antics and big­ger hair, al­though hon­estly, I’d set­tle for any 80s rock star, be­cause I just wanna rock! Most mem­o­rable 80s fashion state­ment? Tight leather pants. I used to have a pair and loved them more than any other item of cloth­ing I’ve owned. Why should peo­ple come and see the show? For a rockin’ good time, an adorable love story and a flash­back to the 80s like no other.

Liam Robert­son Role: Franz Klein­mann What is your favourite song in the show and why? My favourite song would have to be ‘Don’t Stop Be­liev­ing’ be­cause it is the fi­nale to the whole show and is such a feel-good song. If you were an 80s rock star, who would you be and why? As a 2000s child I’m nervous that I’ll ac­ci­den­tally say some­one who wasn’t an 80s rock star, so I guess I don’t know which 80s rock star I’d choose to be. Most mem­o­rable 80s fashion state­ment? The best fashion state­ment of the 80s would have to be dou­ble denim. Why should peo­ple come and see the show? Be­cause it is not only a hi­lar­i­ous show, but it also has hit songs from the 80s that ev­ery­one will know.

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