Campbelltown Theatre Group delivers Rock of Ages

Big hair, fishnet gloves, classic rock – the 80s are coming back to Campbelltown.

Campbelltown Theatre Group’s latest production is the loud, outrageous rock musical Rock of Ages.

Directed by Campbelltown local Brad Gavin, the musical features classic hits from the 1980s performed live on stage by a cast of 22.

Gavin said the show was a great introduction to the theatre.

“It’s full of songs that everyone knows, from Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and Styx,” he said.

“If you haven’t really been to the theatre before, it’s a good way to start because there’s a lot of audience interaction and singing along.

“We’ve got a character breaking the fourth wall and talking directly to the audience.

“It’s a lot of fun.”

The show, like the 2012 film adaptation (starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones) of the Broadway musical, follows two characters in Los Angeles at the end of the 1980s.

“It’s really the end of rock ‘n’ roll and the start of the boy band era,” Gavin said.

Rock of Ages is about trying to fight to keep that rock culture alive.

“And it’s a love story as well, between the main characters Sherrie and Drew, who both have dreams of making it big.

“Sherrie wants to be a famous actress and Drew wants to be a rock star.”

Gavin said when he first started developing the show in October last year he had some fears about the challenging vocals required for the musical’s big songs.

But, he was pleased to learn, those fears were quickly allayed after the auditions.

“We’ve got some really great singers for these vocally demanding songs, they’re amazing,” he said.

“One of the most difficult parts of this preparation was probably figuring out the staging, because we’ve got a big cast, a live band and a few different settings, so we’ve had to be clever with lighting.”

Gavin said the cast was primarily from Macarthur, but there were performers who come from elsewhere in Sydney as well.

“We’ve cast our net wide this time.”

Rock of Ages will show at Campbelltown Town Hall Theatre from Friday, April 20 to Saturday, May 5. Tickets are $40 adult, $35 concession. Details: ctgi.org.au.

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