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Fijian Talent Impresses US Artist

Fiji to showcase its first Broadway production on April 13. With more than 20 years of experience in acting and production, Jeremy Lucas, is impressed with the vast talent he
05 Apr 2017 11:00
Fijian Talent Impresses US Artist
Chris Cobb Olsen (left) with Oceania dancers during rehearsal at the Oceania Center yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Fiji to showcase its first Broadway production on April 13.

With more than 20 years of experience in acting and production, Jeremy Lucas, is impressed with the vast talent he has seen here.

Mr Lucas has been working with students of the University of the South Pacific (USP) doing their first Broadway production in Fiji.

“Their first rehearsal, when they sang Hamilton, they connected to it extremely well, I had tears in my eyes and that was really special,” said the Los Angeles-based performer.

Singer Paulini Bautani said: “Broadway is something new for me to do, and it’s really exciting since I’ll be singing and dancing at the same time.

Actor and director, Jesus David Morabitu said: “It’s great to be here and the talent is amazing and the performers take everything they’ve learnt seriously.”

USP’s head of performing arts, Igeleses Ete, said it had been a great experience to bring the Broadway experience here and to help develop their own Pacific style Broadway as well.

“They’re already good dancers and singers but they haven’t done this style and even with the Broadway genre, we are trying to teach them as much as we can,” said Co-Director of the production, Chris Cobb Olsen.

About 35 dancers and singers will be part of the production that will be staged next Thursday, April 13 titled “Broadway in Fiji” at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre, USP.

The three American producers and directors were invited by the United States Embassy.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

 

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