Singin’ in the Rain at QPAC with Ms 9 -A Night to Remember

Written by Sally

To say that Singin’ in the Rain is a family tradition would not be hyperbole.

I have very strong memories as a child watching it with my Grandparents and Mother again and again and again and performing Good Morning, Good Morning tunelessly  with my brother and getting in big trouble for attempting the sofa trick in my mother’s lovely living room.

Both my girls Ms 6 and Ms 9 have been singing and dancing along to all the film’s musical numbers  since they were tiny wee tots.

Ms 9 is a big Cosmo Brown fan and Make ’em Laugh is on high rotation whilst Ms 6 is often very partial to mimicking Lena Lamont around the house and is a dab hand at reciting the  elocution scene  – “And I can’t stand ’em” in the perfect shrill NY drawl.

So the opportunity to take Ms 9 to see  this big budget production of Singin’ in the Rain at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, where it is running until 30 Oct 2016 was just unbelievable.

We headed off together – our first Mama Daughter night time theatre date, got dressed up – had some pre dinner food and got our pic taken on the red carpet (even ending up in the Sunday Mail) –  a huge thrill for Ms 9.

 

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Both of us were curious to see how they could possibly bring one of history’s best loved musicals to life not to mention the comedy, charm, romance and characters of the original but the cast was incredible.

There is no doubt that Rohan Browne and Gretel Scarlett in the lead roles of Don Lockwood &  Kathy Selden were stellar, but for Ms 9  her standout performance was Queensland’s own Jack Chambers who she felt truly embodied the physical wit and comic timing of Cosmo Brown, originally played by the legendary Donald O’Connor, in fact, she felt Jack Chambers did O’Connor proud.

For me personally,  Erika Heynatz was the best surprise gem of the performance,  utterly bang on as the brash Lena Lamont and hilarious every single time she stepped on stage. Nice work indeed.

 

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Watching (and singing along to) the iconic song and dance routines was such a treat and  the classic Singin’ in the Rain, brought to life with the help of 12,000 litres of water was as spectacular a number as you could imagine. The sets, costumes and whole staging is world class.

In short,  a life-affirming joyful night out.

I still smile when I think of it and Ms 9 has said several times since – “thanks so much for taking me – seeing it live was even better than watching the movie !” 

In this world where VR and CGI is commonplace and no movie special effects seem to impress audiences  – where attention spans are shorter than a fruit fly – live singing , acting & dancing still has that ability to connect and engage on that deeper level.

Do yourself and your young  & old folk a favour and take them along while you have this amazing opportunity at experiencing our top notch  talent and supporting our thriving local arts culture.

A huge thank you to QPAC and the producers for the kind invitation – watching her experience this  smash hit musical production for the first time was a memory I will treasure.

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22 Sep to 30 Oct 2016


Tickets – $75.95 – $140.95*

Lyric Theatre

2 hours and 40 min(includes interval, subject to change without notice)

*a booking fee of $6.95 applies per transaction

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22 Sep to 30 Oct 2016


Tickets – $75.95 – $140.95*

Lyric Theatre

2 hours and 40 min(includes interval, subject to change without notice)

*a booking fee of $6.95 applies per transaction

BUY TICKETS NOW 

Photos Darren Thomas  – Supplied by QPAC publicity on behalf of the production.

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