FLOAT THE BOAT! Pozible Campaign to Fund Locally-Produced Stage Show

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 By: Danae Vincent

In August and December of 2012, HOLY SHIP, a cabaret/burlesque/musical stage show set precedents at Red Bennies on Chapel St. It was the biggest opening night they’ve ever had and enjoyed two sell out seasons. The Greyhound Hotel is now privileged to host their next season, where comedy, dance, circus and music theatre mesh to make what has evolved far beyond the original conception by the team of upcoming talents. A nautical narrative, a love story, a meal for those hungry for the pageantry of good burlesque – those who see the show leave with memories of nipple tassels and performers hanging from the stage ceiling, the highlight of yours truly, siren song that begs for encore performances. (Ahem.)

Now moving to the popular St Kilda based GH Hotel on Brighton Road, the show will be backed by a state-of-the-art lighting system and equally capable production team; all set in a space that begs to house high-quality productions like that of HOLY SHIP.  The production will dawn a new era of performance not only for the venue but for St Kilda audiences. It will represent a new partnership between the prolific St Kilda venue and local St Kilda Producer Danae Vincent. The team have plans to take the show to sea – with hopes to go both national and international.

Every light, every dance number, every minute taken to create this production contributes to the tale of Bonnie and Charlie. It is a battle between a love for each other and a lust for their careers, when Charlie leaves Bonnie behind for his mistress, the sea, the cast manage to fit the estranged lovers’ enthralling tale into two acts. For those who have seen the debut run, never fear, as there are plenty more surprises to come and developments that inextricably come with taking a fantastic story into a venue fit to tell it.

The cast has grown, the script has been re-written – but change is good. Using the experience and the ability to hone the show in prior seasons, the creative machine behind Holy Ship has had to adapt and upgrade the show to match the standard of St Kilda performance, as well as to compliment the size and grandeur of the new venue; whilst keeping consistent the vision of turning the production from a cabaret show into a 2 Act Musical-Spectacular. Revelling in the success of 2012, Holy Ship also received a swarm of attention and interest from the likes of the brilliant Ian Knowles, Choreographer and Artistic Director of The Space Dance & Arts Centre, Jurga Celikiene, wig master and transformation artist from MTC, as well as Mr Boylesque Australia 2012, Raven.

However, the ship is in the drydocks currently and needs YOU, the general public, to help get her going again. Embracing the 21st century media, crowd-funding is being used to fuel the engines and it is an exciting time for those who love stage productions to get involved! Operating through www.pozible.com/holyship, the cast are uploading weekly videos, updates, and putting up prizes such as private performances, tickets and nipple tassels to encourage participation and donation. This is, fundamentally, what makes Holy Ship the quintessential showcase of what St Kilda arts are all about. By engaging with the public on every level, and putting their talents and time on the line, the young and upcoming cast allows each individual to get a piece of the action. Not just a mass-produced international act, the cast and crew are all locals and tell us, in their own words, ‘Please don’t let us sink!’ To see what’s coming up at the Greyhound Hotel check out ghhotel.com.au, or you can find Holy Ship on facebook at:
www.facebook.com/HOLYSHIPTheStageshow to keep in the loop! The maiden voyage sets sail at the GH Hotel, July 12-14th.

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