Townsville gets Kinky

Kinky Boots will take over the Civic Theatre in early 2019, performed by NQOMT.

Kinky Boots will be staged at the Civic Theatre in early 2019, following Townsville’s NQOMT being awarded the rights to the production by Hal Leonard Australia.

The progressive musical, with a score written by Cyndi Lauper, follows the story of small-town shoe factory heir Charlie Price who ‘caters to a niche’ and begins designing heels for drag queens in order to keep the factory open.

Director Michelle Higgins said the musical, which has seen incredible success on Broadway and professional runs across Australia, will speak well to Townsville audiences.

Kinky Boots is definitely something Townsville is ready for: it’s not just about drag queens, but about how we as a community come together, overcome hardship, and really celebrates that everyone has value,” Michelle said.

“Audiences will experience heart, soul, and the real spirit of community overcoming financial hardship which I think is so relevant to Townsville currently. It is such a great celebration of diverse people and personalities.

“I got involved because I love a story of hope and fun – I love it when people walk away from a theatre experience happy, because people need joy! From a production point of view, if you don’t have a passion for what you’re working on, it won’t work. You want people involved who stay true to the heart of the story and who believe in it, so I was very excited when I was approached to direct because this is a story that I do love and believe in.”

Director Michelle Higgins said Kinky Boots is a show Townsville is ready for.

NQOMT Vice President and Costume Designer Joshua Service said the show had been on the company’s to-do list for some time.

“Townsville’s growing. It’s not the city it used to be, and I think this show is definitely one that embraces the diversity we have here. Kinky Boots is something we’ve wanted to do ever since it was done professionally, and believe that it will show that we have all come together and are a big joyous city that welcomes shows that are a bit progressive,” Joshua said.

“I was locked in to do costumes before we even got the rights – I’d been speaking [to the rights holders] for some time and had shown them sketches of some of my ideas for the show, so it’s definitely one where we’ve had big stuff planned for some time.

“It’s very exciting that we will be creating so much from scratch for the show and there is a lot to do – for the finale especially! It turns into a runway show where every member of the cast is in these incredible boots – so although there’s six queens, that last number will need 30 pairs of boots. And each will have to be individually stitched – a hot glue gun won’t work, because the shoes will have to mold to people’s leg shapes and move with them, and we don’t want them falling apart. I can’t wait to get started.”

Kinky Boots will be staged at the Civic Theatre from 27 March – 6 April 2019, with information sessions and auditions planned for November this year. To keep updated, follow NQOMT on Facebook.

 

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