Duff MacDonald, a returning performer to Chemainus Theatre Festival, sat down and had a chat with our own Michelle Vogelgesang, about this summer’s production of Rock Legends: The Sequel to Twist and Shout.
What sort of person is going to love this show?
People of all ages love this show. I was an original cast member of the show 7 years ago and we have seen kids come to see the show and love it as well as older folks and they love it!
What is the most challenging thing about bringing this show to life?
Finding entertainers who are versatile enough to portray so many iconic music groups in history. Our artistic team has always succeeded to though and this incarnation of the show is no exception. It also is a huge show for comedy, dance and production value. It takes a small village of very organized people to make it happen onstage as well as backstage. We all work as a team. That’s the key. Teamwork.
Tell us about the rigors of being in the show?
It’s highly demanding vocally for the singers and physically for the dancers. None of us really stop for very long.
What is it like representing these musical icons?
For a few hours every night we truly feel like rock stars. We feed off of the audience’s excitement and enthusiasm. For a fleeting moment we can all experience what it must have been like to see these bands as well as BE them and hear that roar of the fans.
What’s it like performing the volume of music and choreography in the show?
Exhausting and exhilarating all in one basket. We are surely using every bit of memory we have!
Are there any other elements of the show you’d like to tell us about?
It’s funny. Very funny at times. It will transport you back to your youth and if you are younger, introduce you to music that we all should respect and tribute and carry on to future generations. It’s very rare that you will hear this music recreated in such a historically true way.
Why did you want to be involved in this production?
I love the show and I have experienced the joy of being a part of it for many years. I also was part of Twist and Shout, the prequel to Rock Legends, and I love this theatre and the support around it.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
The grand scope of it and the extraordinary talent onstage and the live band included!
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about performing in this show?
There are many many costume changes that bring these characters to life. A lot of work was put into that element as well to bring u back to those eras. The costumes are incredible. People love seeing the vintage looks. You will have a rocking good time and leave the theatre exhilarated as we do every night performing it.