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80s musical classic returns

Fame director Alice Sollis

The South Canterbury Drama League junior section is putting on the classic musical from the 1980s Fame Jr. in April next year.

Attitude catches up with director Alice Sollis.

Tell use a bit about the show. I understand it is adapted from the original 1980 one?

Fame Jr. is a shorter, more acceptable version for young people of the hit musical, movie and television series Fame. Part of the Music Theatre International Broadway Junior collection, it offers the same songs as the original stage show, but shortened, and a more acceptable storyline that still portrays the angst of attending a performing arts school, but without the adult themes.

Why did you choose Fame? Do you think it will be appealing to our local young people to get involved in?

We chose Fame Jr. as there is currently such a wealth of talent in our young performers. For example, Timaru's Glee Club symbolises the strength of singers, actors and dancers, and their passion for musical theatre. Fame is like Glee except set in the 1980s. But even without the Timaru Glee Club, there are so many young people hungry to perform on stage in front of a live audience.

Will it have the original 1980s setting, dance moves and fashion, etc, or will you be putting an original touch on it?

The show is set in the early 1980s, and to deviate from the style and genre in which it is written would be an insult to the script and score. But we certainly intend to make it our own version, and already there is huge interest. Usually the auditions for Junior shows bring in over 120 hopeful performers, so we really have our work cut out for us . . . we cannot fit that many cast on stage.

Thanks for your time Alice. Good luck!

Workshops are being held on November 7 and 8, and auditions will be held on November 10.

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