West End performer Kara Lane is celebrating Australia Day later this month in style – in Sheffield.
Kara has put together a show, called The Girls from Oz, which will be performed at the Lantern Theatre in Nether Edge, Sheffield.
She said: “I was asked to do a solo concert at the theatre by my friend Andrew Griffiths, who works at the Lantern.
“I’ve wanted to get a girls’ group together for such a long time in the style of the Andrews Sisters, with three-part harmonies and a lot of old musical songs.
“I’m using this as a way to get things together.”
Kara said: “The original idea of the series that Andrew Griffiths came up with was to introduce the Lantern Theatre to a more commercial musical theatre audience.
“Shows at the Lantern are usually more plays, gig and one-off band appearances.”
The first show in the West End at the Lantern series, a performance by the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was a sell-out.
Kara is a regular performer in the West End and on national tours of shows. She has appeared recently in Evita and The Rocky Horror Show. One of her most recent roles was as nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes.
She has recruited best friend Simone Craddock, who has been in the cast of Annie and Jesus Christ Superstar, and Erin Cornell, who has been on stage in Wicked and Cabaret.
Kara said: “I put some feelers out because I wanted a blonde, a brunette and a redhead. I was looking for a blonde Australian who was good at harmonies and could sing very well.
“Several people mentioned Erin, so I got in touch and she agreed to do it.”
Simon Beck is their musical director. “He is a perfectionist and very passionate about what he does. I’m very excited about it,” says Kara.
The Girls from Oz will be performing songs from musicals and screen musical from the 1930s to 1950s, including Show Boat, The Wizard of Oz and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Kara has been based in London for 13 years. She said: “I grew up in the Outback of Australia in Rockhampton in central Queensland, close to the Great Barrier Reef.
“I came out here nearly 13 years ago to follow my dream to work in the West End. I’ve been in work constantly, which is fabulous. I’m really grateful for that.”
Kara has been to the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield several times on show tours, including Evita and The Rocky Horror Show, when she played mad maid Magenta, and is very much looking forward to returning to the city.
The tiny theatre will certainly be a contrast but it means that the singers will enjoy being a lot nearer to their audience than usual.
Kara said of the show: “It’s the West End, up close, and up north. So don’t miss your chance to share an evening with three glamorous Girls From Oz!”
The show is on at the theatre in Kenwood Park Road on Sunday, January 26 at 3pm and 7.30pm.
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