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Fun theatrical experience to be remembered for a lifetime
You may know Virginia Gay from her regular performances on Winners and Losers, team leader on Channel Ten's Cram, as well as witty guest appearances on The Book Club. Nothing, though, quite prepares the audience for the boisterous, fun, over-the-top and brilliant performance of Virginia Gay as Calamity Jane.
L-R Tony Taylor, Virginia Gay, Anthony Gooley - Photo Credit: John McRae
There have been a number of musicals based on the real Jane, the Doris Day western musical the most well-known. The Belvoir Theatre's presentation is marvellous with a terrific cast who displayed energetic theatrics with magnificent voices. Audiences were immersed into the Golden Garter Saloon as Virginia Gay unleashed the rip-snorting fearless frontierswoman of the American Wild West. This uproarious musical comedy with lively characters and dynamic songs included Just Blew In From The Windy City, Black Hills of Dakota and the gorgeous Academy Award song, Secret Love.
This small intimate theatre space enabled a fun interactive experience with their audience, at times allowing impromptu witty dialogue that had us in stitches. The rollicking cast joining Gay include Laura Bunting as Katie Brown, Anthony Gooley as Wild Bill Hickock, Sheridan Harbridge as Susan and Adelaide Adams, Rob Johnson as Francis Fryer, Matthew Pearce as Lt Danny Gilmartin, and Tony Taylor as Henry Miller.
L-R Anthony Gooley, Sheridan Harbridge, Virginia Gay, Rob Johnson, Laura Bunting - Photo Credit: John McRae
As the sun faded over the Golden Garter, this delicious cast sprinted through the audience, inviting us to follow them downstairs. The cast swept theatre-goers into a dance, teased us with jokes and sang spirited renditions of more contemporary songs.
Calamity Jane had ripping songs and an enthusiastic cast which made this an exuberant theatrical experience that you will remember for a lifetime.
L-R Anthony Gooley, Virginia Gay, Laura Bunting, Matthew Pearce - Photo Credit: John McRae
Ticket prices are $37 - $77, see link for detailed prices. The Belvoir Street Theatre offers an Unwaged Performance Program on Thursdays at 2:00pm. To claim a free ticket, visit the theatre from 12 noon on the day of the performance and present an eligible pension card, health card or Veteran Affairs card. Seniors cards are not valid. Click here for further details about eligibility.