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Feisty, feminist, fierce musical show

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April 16, 2018

The Tallarook Arts Society will play host to Rogue Romantic, a musical comedy meets deranged opera, on April 21. Photo: Kate Purdey.

Introducing Rogue Romantic, a sassy new show coming to Tallarook.

It’s a dash of musical comedy and a dash of opera, with a generous twist of cabaret.

The show features the ‘feisty, feminist and fierce’ Anya Anastasia, a multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed cabaret femme fatale.

Backed by an all-female band, Anastasia will perform a set of original songs.

Channeling Yma Sumac and Shirley Bassey, Anastasia’s vocals range from husky cabaret to operatic soprano.

A night filled with electrifying twists, hilarious physical comedy and intense audience interaction, it’s lauded as a show not to be missed.

And this isn’t the only show set for Tallarook this year.

Thanks to Regional Arts Victoria’s Connecting Places program, the Tallarook Arts Society will host two more performances in late 2018.

The Southern Ocean Sea Band will be in Tallarook on August 11, touring their new album Blood & Bones & Fins & Glory.

Described as ‘a misfit bunch of lads and lassies bringing nautical tales and legends of song and shanty to regional Victoria’, the nine-piece band encourages infectious sing-alongs.

And on September 8, there’ll be Dance Hall.

Featuring a blend of local talent, local produce and internationally acclaimed stars, Dance Hall is a storytelling and dance teaching extravaganza.

Tallarook Arts Society’s Libby Webster said it was exciting to have these three high-quality acts come to the region.

‘‘The final two acts encourage active audience participation,’’ she said.

‘‘Both groups will be holding master classes on the weekends they’re performing. The Southern Ocean Sea Band are looking to assemble a local male choir to sing sea shanties with them. While Dance Hall will be teaching different styles of dancing.

‘‘And there’ll be supper after each performance, where audience members get to meet the performers. You wouldn’t get this opportunity in Melbourne.’’

Rogue Romantic will be held at Tallarook Mechanics Institute on Saturday, April 21.

The show costs $35 per person, while dinner and a show is $70 per person, including a delicious two-course meal.

Local wine and beer will also be available on the night.

To book tickets, visit trybooking.com/UHGN

People interested in participating in the master classes for the Southern Ocean Sea Band tour and Dance Hall should phone Libby on 0411 339 041.

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