01 July 2013

C - A Musical: A Great Journey

Writer/director/costume designer Paul Jenden talks to drama on the waterfront about the journey from page to stage for C - A Musical.

“Turn on the lights, rack up the sound and bring on the dancing girls. Let’s make this sucker into a musical.”

C - A Musical is heading into production week with the wind behind us and we're eager to get into Circa One. We've seriously outgrown the rehearsal studio. In the beginning we rehearsed Jackie Clarke’s songs with the grand piano in Northland and Louis Solino’s dancing was worked out when Danny Mulherron and Jane Waddell weren’t using the studio. When we first got together in the same room it was SO exciting, especially once we all stopped gossiping and actually rehearsed.

But since then the show has started spreading its wings we’ve been feeling a little cramped. So now that we’re getting into John Hodgkin’s wonderfully spacious set with the big Steinway grand piano we’re like children on Christmas morning. Add Ulli Briese’s phenomenal lights and Oceania’s sound and it feels like Westpac Stadium. All we need now is an audience that wants to have some laughs, to listen to some fabulous music and to have a secret snivel in the emotional bits.

Paul Jenden. Photo by Stephen A'Court.
It’s been a great journey getting C - A Musical onto the stage. When I was throwing up in a hospital bed I couldn’t have imagined that this group of amazing artists would join together to turn my illness into an inspiring show, let alone that Circa would get behind us and put it on stage. It’s a show for everyone, people with cancer, people who know people with cancer and especially those who just want a good night out.

Gareth Farr has excelled himself with the most divine music and the songs that are to die for. AND IT’S NOT DEPRESSING! Okay, a tear might be shed over the 90 minutes, but you won’t regret coming. The show inspires me and I was actually there! Bring a friend and abandon yourself to fun. As Jackie Clarke sings, “Say si si to C!”

- Paul Jenden

C - A Musical opens in Circa One on 6 July, and runs until 3 August. On 11 July, there is a fundraiser performance for the NZ Cancer Society - tickets are $60 ($30 goes directly to NZ Cancer society). To book for this or any night during the season, please call the Circa Box Office on 801-7992 or visit www.circa.co.nz. For a sneak preview, go here.

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