WITH just one week before the curtain raises on Dusty, the Musical, rehearsals are in full swing.
Two people busy learning their lines, songs, moves and costume changes are Kane Gavin and Chryse Levick.
The pair team up on stage with Kane playing the role of Dusty’s hairdresser and Chryse, her personal assistant.
Both grew up around theatre and have been involved with Singleton Theatrical Society for many years with Kane enjoying the spotlight on stage and Chryse trying her hand at just about everything, depending on the show and depending on what needs to be done.
Both are loving their Dusty experience.
Kane’s role is flamboyant to the extreme. He couldn’t put one more wiggle in his walk if he tried but it is his love and dedication to Dusty that comes across in the show.
Kane has an incredibly full year of theatre due to the advanced diploma in acting he is now studying at Hunter TAFE. It is a two-year course but Kane was singled out to do the course in just 12 months which he says is a wonderful opportunity but one that has pushed his schedule to the limit.
He is involved in a record 12 productions this year, most of those with TAFE including the Cleggs Festival which presents six plays over a two week period.
He successfully auditioned for the Metropolitan Players 2012 production of Oliver in Newcastle and when the role came up in Dusty, he couldn’t resist auditioning for this show as well.
“It is exciting, it’s challenging but it is exhausting,” Kane said during rehearsals on Sunday.
Chryse is also a glutton for punishment as she is balancing work, SATS and the completion of her Master of Professional Accounting.
For the past 10 years Chryse has been involved with SATS and follows her father’s theatrical footsteps. Andrew Levick will also be seen on the Dusty stage, playing the role of Dusty’s father.
Chryse said putting her hand up for SATS every year was just what she did.
“January comes around and I think, it’s SATS time again,” she said.
She enjoys the friendship and the shenanigans on stage and off and says the rapport between Kate White, who plays the role of Dusty, and Kane has been loads of fun.
“I love the way we play off each other,” Chryse said.
Chryse has an incredible smile that lights the stage and the occasional snort she delivers while laughing adds some light heartedness to what is a strong story dealing with some of life’s more serious issues.
Tickets for the show are now on sale at Bloons and Blooms Florist in the William Street side of Town Square.
Matinee sessions are on at 2pm on Sunday, June 24, and Saturday, June 30, 2pm.
The curtain opens for the evening sessions at 7:30pm and these are on June 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30.
Don’t miss this fabulous musical.