Who Do You Thank When You Have Such Luck?


What a fortnight.

Spare time has been diminishing rapidly as the opening night of All Shook Up approaches.

We open on the 7 July at the Arts Theatre, Angas Street, in the city, and by then I think the cast will be at boiling point and ready to explode onto that stage.

Its a quirky, funny,cheesy show, based on the plot of Twelfth Night and set in the midwest of the US in 1955. The enigmatic Chad (a mix of Elvis and Fonzie but with magical love powers) rides into town, touches a broken down juke box and brings it to life. Then the townspeople all start falling in love – but with the wrong people! Will it all work out?

With a dazzling array of Elvis songs for music, and some of the most gorgeous arrangements for vocals, its a fun, heartening and foot stomping night out. I get to play Sylvia, the cynical but big hearted owner of the local honky tonk who certainly doesn’t need a man, thanks.

Normally the three month rehearsal period for a show is an interesting process, but none has been more so than this one.

The personal journey I’ve taken, the challenges met, and the outcomes seen have been the catalysts for some of the biggest personal transformational changes in my life.

Some things that have been hangovers from childhood, some from adulthood, all of them up until now creating obstacles and preventing me from following my dreams, Now they’ve been put quietly and firmly aside.

Its funny, I do find that most shows I’ve done in recent years had themes that reflected in my personal life.

Footloose in 06 was an invitation to be open to the joy of life again; The Producers in 07 led me to follow the example of Max Bialystock by creating the life I wanted; the Wedding Singer in 08 was wonderfully romantic because between first hearing the soundtrack in late 07, and then getting a part and the show I met my now husband, became engaged and he was part of the crew for the show.

And All Shook Up?

Well if you’ve read my blog previously you’ve heard me wax lyrical about a song called If I Can Dream. Its also got another song called Follow That Dream and that’s really been the theme for the duration – what are my dreams? What do I do to realise them? And I started taking baby steps towards them and… well I’m getting there.

I’m not going to go into details just now. Its too new and fragile, oh but its lovely!

If I have one message for anyone today it’s to be kind to yourself, be your own mentor, sort out those dreams of yours that will lead to a fuller life and take one step each day, no matter how small, in the direction of those dreams.

Oh, and I’d also say, book your tickets now for the show! (BASS, Venutix, or give me a hoi to avoid a booking fee) ;o)

Have a great week!

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