Article Title:Heels and fairy tales in Howick
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Published on:4th November 2013 - 07:55 am
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Story ID:14134
Text:An Auckland theatre company is ending its 60th season with a Cinderella pantomime staring a 6'6" Samoan drag queen - and that's without the heels. Howick Little Theatre says Kiwifruits is far from a traditional end of season production, which will blend a riotous cabaret, a drag review and a play. It will be a New Zealand version of the Cinderella story, where "Fay Gay" tells fellow drag performer Tatiana the story of how the Castle Rd Tavern was saved from ruin by being transformed from a traditional straight-up working men's pub into a venue for spectacular drag shows. Director John Fausett says it will be extravagant in every sense, with dozens of costume changes, songs and dances. "Too much is never enough with this show," Fausett says. "As well as assuring a rich visual display, actors are being challenged in constructing the multiple layers that make up their on stage personalities. Not only mastering the dancing, the two male leads have had to uncover the art of wearing heels, dancing in heels, and finally add lip-syncing to transform into their character." Fausett says the towering lead forced the set designers to rethink the stage for him and his size 13 heels. Actor Mark Madden-Snoad, who plays the second drag queen, Tatania adds that: "On top of all that the director's vision for the show is growing in flamboyance!" It's Howick Little Theatre's 60th year and the team behind Kiwifruits say the zesty production marks how far the theatre has come. Oh - and the show contains adult themes, mild swearing, outrageous drag queens and platform shoes, and is not suitable for children. Kiwifruits runs from November 9-30 Tickets through,from the theatre or by calling 09 361 1000 staff - 4th November 2013    
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