THE INAUGURAL SHOW – A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DIVA
Creative Director: Helen Lees
Technical Director: Barby Pensabene
Choreographer: Denny Spee
Assistant Choreographer: Sheree Phillips
Production Team: Deirdre Miller, Donna Crosby, Jenny Yelavich, Kerry Lee, Lyn Cutforth,
Megan Newlove, Shirley Stevens, Zandy Derbyshire
Stage Mangaer: Jenny Elliot
Assistant Stage Manager: Bronwyn-Ann Lightbody
Hair: Lynx Hair Direction – Penny Rimmer & Team
Makeup: Desiree Osterman & Team
Guest Artists: Jackie Clarke & New Zealand Violinist Elena
Cast & backstage crew: 50
Tarnished Frocks and Divas took the form of a Performing Arts Exhibition and Fashion Show – with a difference! The fashion theme focuses on retro clothing, creatively revamped and reworked into contemporary styles.
The aim was to inspire women to be creative, expressive, imaginative, and have fun. All Tarnished Frocks and Divas sections are performed by women older than 40 who have emerged from the retro era, adding authenticity to the performance.
These local talented women put together an exciting, stimulating and ultimately successful show that included:
Models: who wore retro clothes from the 40s, 50s and 60s that had been redesigned into contemporary styles.
Dancers: who introduced each clothing section using movement and narrative dance choreography.
Backstage Support: that was provided by women who had their own battles with breast cancer.
Hair & Make-up: that was supported by local business people who volunteered their time and labour.
The show also featured national celebrity guests who epitomized the overall vision of celebrating life. The unique talents of Jackie Clarke (singer/cabaret/theatre/performing artist) and Elena (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra violinist) inspired, enriched and entertained the audience.
Photographer: Joanne Black