Mildura Weekly : Friday July 10 2015 Vol 9 No 35
10 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015 THE call is going out to all bud- ding bands, solo artists and mu- sicians looking to break into the music industry, with nomina- tions for the 2016 FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands competi- tion now open. The competition is celebrat- ing 20 years of uncovering new artists this year, with competitors once again having the opportu- nity to showcase their talents in front of their local community, as well as having the chance to win their way to the FReeZA Push Start Grand Final in March next year. Mildura Rural City com- munity wellbeing and services Councillor, Sharyon Peart, com- mended the FReeZA youth devel- opment program for its support of the event. “FReeZA provides opportuni- ties for young Victorians between 12 and 25 to access music and cultural events safely and with supervision,” she said. “From duets and solo artists, to bands and hip-hop groups through to acoustic and electronic perform- ers, the Push Start Battle of the Bands competition is a great launching pad for aspiring mu- sicians and singers in our com- munity. “Over the past few years we’ve had many local winners making it to the state finals, which is a real tribute to the quality of mu- sicians we are producing locally.” This year’s event will be held at the Mildura Senior College on Friday, August 7, from 7pm, with residents encouraged to support artists. To register performers must live, work or go to school in the municipality, with applications closing at 4pm on July 24. More information is avail- able by contacting Mildura Rural City Council’s Youth Services on 5018 8280, or by downloading a nomination form from www. mildura.vic.gov.au/Youth. Up and coming bands encouraged to enter Push battle INTERNATIONAL entertainer Luke Alleva said he plans to wow audiences on July 18, with the ac- complished singer and dancer to bring his one-man show – titled ‘The Dancin’ Man’ – to Mildura. ‘The Dancin’ Man’ will be staged at the Mildura Arts Cen- tre for one night only, and aims to take audiences “on a journey through the classic age of dance and music.” Luke said the show was about celebrating some of his entertain- ment idols – namely Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin – and would feature a medley of recognisable songs like ‘Make ‘em Laugh,’ ‘It Had To Be You’ and ‘Sin- gin’ in the rain.’ “Guys like Sinatra and Kelly had classic styles. Styles that aren’t seen much any more,” he said. “It’s a genre that I personally love. “Gene Kelly in particular, be- cause of his demeanor and charac- ter, is someone I can relate to, and for a long time people have been telling me that I have to do a show that celebrates that influence. “Having worked in the indus- try for 16 years, and having per- formed in all different types of musicals, I found myself coming back to this sort of style. “The show is a combination of my experiences, my career and my life, and while it is scripted to a certain degree, it’s more about having a conversation with the au- dience. “My aim is to make the show different every time I take the stage. I want to make it personal, Sure foot Luke ‘The Dancin’ Man’ and connect to people in the au- dience.” Mildura singer Samantha Ri- ley is set to join Luke for part of ‘The Dancin’ Man,’ with the show to get underway at 8pm. Luke and Samantha met while performing in the cast of the Mel- bourne Production Company’s ‘The Boyfriend,’ with the former also recently the guest of the Mil- dura Ballet and Dance Guild. His latest trip to Mildura fol- lows successful shows in Sydney and Melbourne, with the 34-year- old veteran of the stage saying he was looking forward to perform- ing to a wider audience. “The show has really started to grow over the past few months,” Luke said. “I performed recently in Sydney and Melbourne, and the response was phenomenal to say the least. “Audience feedback has been great, and I have been really lucky to receive some great reviews. “It’s just me on stage with a three-piece band as support, with the show featuring lots of song and dance. “All up I perform close to 20 songs throughout the show, and cover everything from jazz to tap. It’s a very relaxed and fun show, and people seem to be enjoying it and wanting more.” Coming from an Italian back- ground, Luke said he often felt he had been born in the “wrong era.” “You look at the days of Mar- tin and Sinatra and these guys were very strong in their style,” he said. “They could dance and sing, and be very strong while enter- taining audiences. “My goal is to entertain, and it’s that theme that I’ve tried to capture through The Dancin’ Man.” Luke is originally from Syd- ney, making the move to Mel- bourne 10 years ago to further his career. Working predominantly on stage, Luke has performed across the globe, including stints on London’s famous West End. “I studied musical theatre in Sydney in 1999, and from there was cast in Moulin Rouge as a dancer,” he said. “I remember thinking ‘how good is this!’ “It was my first ever profes- sional job, and I just thought that’s how it was for dancers and singers.” Luke has gone on to perform in 18 musicals, saying the key was to keep enjoying the work on of- fer. “As long as you’re doing what you love that’s all that matters,” he said. “I’m 34 and married with twokidsnow,soformeifIcando what I do and have a happy fam- ily then I’m all for it.” Luke’s musical theatre career began in the Gordon Frost Pro- duction of ‘Man of La Mancha,’ before going on to perform the role of ‘Brains’ in ‘Get Happy,’ and ‘Cliff’ during the Australian tour of ‘We Will Rock You.’ Following this he went on to perform in London’s West End, with credits including ‘We Will Rock You’ at The Dominion and ‘Saturday Night Fever’ at Apollo Victoria, understudying and per- forming the roles of ‘Joey,’ ‘Ches- ter,’ ‘Cesar’ and ‘West End Rocks.’ Returning to Australia, Luke went on to appear in a revival of ‘The Rocky Horror Show,’ where he understudied and performed the roles of ‘Brad’ and ‘Eddie/Dr Scott.’ He also played the role of ‘Scranton Slim’ in Guys and Dolls, performed in versions of ‘Mamma Mia,’ ‘Xanadu,’ while also appearing in the recent pro- duction of ‘A Chorus Line.’ Luke is also no stranger to the small screen, having appeared in ‘Always Greener,’ ‘Australia’s Got Talent,’ ‘Paul O’Grady Show,’ ‘Ker- rie Anne’ and ‘Sunrise,’ while on the big screen he has appeared in ‘Moulin Rouge,’ ‘Bootmen’ and ‘Gallipoli From Above.’ Tickets for The Dancin’ Man are $35, and are available by con- tacting the Mildura Arts Centre on 5018 8330, or by visiting www. milduraartscentre.com.au. 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