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Girls can can entertain you

Wednesday, 23rd February, 2011

CAN CAN: Ellysia Oldsen, Bree Muscat, Chantelle Grundy, Tayla Frizell and Emily Roberts in a “Tribute to Moulin Rouge” showing at the Theatre Royal on Friday and Saturday nights. CAN CAN: Ellysia Oldsen, Bree Muscat, Chantelle Grundy, Tayla Frizell and Emily Roberts in a “Tribute to Moulin Rouge” showing at the Theatre Royal on Friday and Saturday nights.

By Gina Wilson

Glitz, glamour and gorgeous girls!

The city will be taken to Gay Paree this weekend when talented local dancer and producer Andrew Bevan presents a Tribute to Moulin Rouge.

The Moulin Rouge is a Parisian cabaret built in 1889 and still operating today.

It is considered the spiritual birthplace of the Can Can dance, recognisable for its long skirts, frilled undergarments and high, leggy kicks.

While the Can Can was once part of a larger show, it evolved into its own form of entertainment and led to the introduction of cabaret across Europe.

Andrew said the show gave locals a chance to "indulge and escape to Gay Paree" with dancing, singing and showgirls.

"There will be lots of feathers, lots of sequins, lots of diamantes, lots of legs."

Andrew, a professionally trained dancer, has choreographed many shows in the city including a tribute to Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Grease, Rocky Horror, Le Cabaret and Divas.

At a full dress rehearsal on Monday night, Andrew said he and his talented troupe of 12 girls had spent at least 12 hours per week for the past six weeks rehearsing and preparing for the show - just for fun!

"I just enjoy it. It's a fun thing to do - the girls are all keen and eager to do it," Andrew said.

"People often ask me when I'm doing another performance so I think that's a good indication that they're doing OK."

Nine local dancers and four singers will entertain a packed house over two nights in the themed cabaret performance.

Andrew said he was over the moon that both nights had been completely sold out and was even considering a third night.

He said it was clear that locals wanted more live, local entertainment.

"I think the Broken Hill people enjoy it because it's all local talent and it's a better than amateur performance and they don't have to travel to the city to get something similar to see," he said.

"The people in Broken Hill all enjoy them."

Andrew trained at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne for two years and studied performing arts at Melbourne's Dance World 301.

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