Tenacious teen brings Moulin Rouge to MY Place
What: Moulin Rouge, a dance production
Where: My Place
When: Dec. 19 & 20, 7:30 p.m.
I always wanted to be a dancer. Ever since I saw that beautiful girl in the 80s hit Flashdance, with her big hair held down by a pink headband, her off the shoulder tracksuit and leg warmers. By day she was a poor welder in filthy overalls but by night she strutted her sequined stuff on stage, fighting a pack of bitches to get to the top.
Life in the Whistler Dance Academy isnt like that though, said Moulin Rouges director and choreographer, Kathleen Duggan.
"We all really get along and have such a laugh together. The only down-side is that we cant stop talking during rehearsals," she said.
Considering theres 50 girls in this production, thats a scary concept. But the tiresome team led by this tenacious teenager, has pulled off one almighty show.
Eighteen-year-old Kathleen finished school last year and decided to take some time off before going to university. That break has involved countless voluntary hours managing, arranging and training her fellow dancers in the academy in their very own production of the movie musical Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
Kidmans character, Satine, is brought to life on stage by Duggans sister, Britney. Mcgregors character Christian, is performed by Jeff Waters. Kathleens dad, Mike, plays the role of nightclub owner Harold Ziddler, who narrates the story as it unfolds. Kathleen also has two other younger sisters in her cast of 40 dancers.
The girls will dance and lip-synch to the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge, something they have all been preparing for since August. Three to five hours a week theyve been sweating away in the Meadow Park Sports Centre, practising their moves. For director Kathleen, its been a stressful process until this week.
"Its been such a big job for me. When I started out I hadnt really considered all the little things. Id been freaking out a bit but Im good now," she said.
"Ive seen the show the whole way through now and the girls know their routines completely, I know theyre going to pull it off. Im so excited."
Kathleen said ticket sales were strong for the local production but she hoped to have a full house by opening night.
"Im hoping to break even on the cost of renting MY Place and Meadow Park but any extra would be icing on the cake and Ill split it among all of us."
Catch the girls in their finest hour next Wednesday and Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.75 for adults, $8 for teens and seniors and $5 for kids. Call the MY Place box office: 604-905-8306.