IT was a surprise sneak peak of what’s to come for Hobart shoppers last month when the cast from the Tasmanian production of the smash hit musical We Will Rock You belted out the hit songs of Queen as they travelled around the CBD on a double decker bus.
Producer and cast member of the musical John X said the event was used to promote the musical with Triple M radio personalities Dave Noonan and Al Plath.
He said Ms Plath was making her debut on the Tasmanian stage for the show.
“Al is in the ensemble cast of the show and is doing an incredible job, we couldn’t believe she hadn’t been on the stage since she was a teenager,” he said.
Fifteen of the 25 cast members were on the bus to join in the CBD action, singing to passers-by and shoppers.
Ms Plath is burning the candle at both ends to be ready for the show, juggling early starts for her breakfast radio shift with late night and weekend rehearsals.
“I feel like I’ve become nocturnal, sleeping a bit during the day then dragging my butt out of bed to head to rehearsals at night, before getting a bit more sleep until that dreaded 4.30am alarm goes off for work,”Ms Plath said.
“I’ve generally been able to push through and besides, being delirious and overtired resulting in stupidity on the radio is often what our listeners love the most.”
Ms Plath is preparing herself in more ways than just working on her singing and dancing for the show.
“I’m currently in shred mode – I’m last minute training like an absolute demon so theatregoers aren’t completely mortified seeing me in the skimpy costumes,” she said.
“Nothing like a bit of vanity to get you to the gym.
“During my school years I was very much into my dancing, I sang in church every Sunday, have been in choirs over the years and participated in amateur stage productions, but this is the first time I’ve been involved in a show of this calibre filled with absolute stars.
“I feel very fortunate, a little bit daunted, but most of all, super excited.
“I really appreciate the producers taking a chance on me for a role in the show, auditioning for them was scary to say the least.
“I’m amazed at the talent we have in the cast – the audience will be blown away by the show.”
John X said the team assembled to make sure the show had the talent to put on a spectacle that rivalled anything you would see interstate in the big theatres.
“The sound, lighting and sets will dazzle local theatregoers and we have some of the very best stage talent Tasmania has to offer,” he said.
Seen by 15 million theatregoers in 17 countries, We Will Rock You is based on the songs of Queen and a book by Ben Elton, writer of The Young Ones and Blackadder.
Elton fashioned the futurist comedy around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs including We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and of course, We Will Rock You.
We Will Rock You is playing at the Theatre Royal from 10-25 August.
Caption: We Will Rock You cast members with John X and Triple M radio personalities Dave Noonan and Al Plath.