Wanneroo Times - - - Tanya MacNaughton

THE sparkle of Stu­dio 54 will be at Fringe World Fes­ti­val this year in cabaret show Vel­vet and at the cen­tre of this cap­ti­vat­ing fu­sion of disco, dance and circus will be the divine singer Mar­cia Hines.

Cre­ated by her man­ager Peter Rix and di­rected by Craig Ilott, Vel­vet has al­ready proven a suc­cess on the east coast of Aus­tralia and in Ed­in­burgh, which Hines said was a big re­lief.

“You go into re­hearsals and hope to good­ness that it’s going to be great,” she said.

“You ap­plaud your fel­low per­form­ers in re­hearsals and then put it in front of an au­di­ence; I re­mem­ber the re­ac­tion was as­tound­ing.

“You can re­hearse as much as you want but the proof is in the pud­ding and that’s your au­di­ence.”

Hines said the show started with a young man en­ter­ing the Stu­dio 54es­que venue, un­sure of who he was or what he wanted out of life.

He finds him­self after be­ing in­tro­duced to some un­usual char­ac­ters.

“We have aerial acts, great disco mu­sic, fan­tas­tic light­ing and costumes; it’s a won­der­ful en­sem­ble,” Hines said.

Mar­cia Hines in Vel­vet.

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