“When my baby, when my baby smiles at me I go to Rio..”
Twelve hours after the applause and cheers have faded from opening night of ‘The Boy from Oz’ I’m still humming Peter Allen’s most recognised tune.
The creation of Warrnambool’s Holiday Actors, I must admit am still ‘blown away’ by the talent that shone on the stage at the Lighthouse Theatre.
In fact several moments during the two-and-a-half hour show I was gobsmacked to think that most of the cast before me were still in their teens.
From the sequined costumes to the colour, clear sounds, accurate accents and constant seamless set changes, the stage alone was constantly a feast for the eyes.
Clearly this was a show that had been professionally polished.
A biographical piece about one of Australia’s most flamboyant icons, Demby McKenzie had the skill to navigate the audience not only through the historical facts but also the emotion and character that was Peter Allen.
Kaitlyn Gust shone as Liza Minnelli, her talent no indication of her young years.
Despite a wardrobe malfunction in the first half, the teenager conducted herself in a highly professional manner, not missing a note.
Years of training have obviously paid off for former Warrnambool girl Angela Kenna as well.
Playing the part of Judy Garland, Kenna’s smooth vocals and unwavering American twang was a pleasure to experience.
In my opinion all of the cast members should be commended for their faultless performance and watched for their future stardom.
When my eight year-old heard me humming ‘Still call Australia Home’ before I left for the show, she asked if I was going to see the man that wrote the National Anthem.
Strangely enough there was a scene in the second half in which journalists of the era accused Allen of trying to do just that.
Now that would have bought him more than a beach shack 15 seconds from the Pacific Ocean!
Overall you’d be hard-pressed to leave The Lighthouse Theatre without wanting to cha-cha with maraccas donning a colourful lei celebrating acceptance and uniqueness, or at least a shoulder jiggle.
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