Star of the Show Stands Six Foot Six without the Stillettos
24th October 2013
Star of the Show Stands Six Foot Six without the Stillettos (Size 13)
When you learn that the star of Howick Little Theatre’s last show of the season is a 6’6” Samoan drag queen you might realise that this is not one of the community theatre’s traditional end of year productions.
Rounding up the year with more than a bang and a bucket-load of feather boas, Kiwifruits, guarantees a spectacle with its unconventional take on the Cinderella pantomime blending a riotous cabaret, a drag review and a play all in one.
Extravagant in every sense is how director, John Fausett, describes the affair. With dozens of costume changes, song, dance, and a lead who forced the set designers to rethink the stage for him and his size 13 heels, all stops have been pulled for this lavish production.
‘Too much is never enough with this show” says John. ‘As well as assuring a rich visual display, actors are being challenged in constructing the multiple layers that make up their on stage personalities. Not only mastering the dancing, the two male leads have had to uncover the art of wearing heels, dancing in heels, and finally add lip-syncing to transform into their character.’
“And on top of all that the director’s vision for the show is growing in flamboyance” says Mark Madden-Snoad, who plays the second drag queen, Tatania.
With its 60th anniversary next year, a zesty production like Kiwifruits is a mark of how far the theatre has evolved to become one of Auckland’s best-known and most respected community theatres.
In this hilarious free-wheeling Kiwi version of the Cinderella story, Fay Gay tells fellow performer Tatiana the story of how the Castle Road Tavern was saved from ruin by being transformed from a traditional straight-up working men’s pub into a venue for spectacular drag shows. Featuring a wicked accountant, glamorous gowns, delicious dancing and a fairy godmother unlike any you’ve ever seen before. Note: contains adult themes, mild swearing, outrageous drag queens and platform shoes. Not suitable for children.
With a season running from November 9th -30th be sure to grab your feather boas and get down to Howick Little Theatre, brace yourselves and have some fun! Tickets available via the iTicket website or from the theatre.
Directed By John Fausett Season
November 9th to 30th
Bookings: www.iticket.co.nz or Ph:09 361 1000