Sydney actress performing in show

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Line-up . . . Performing in the upcoming cabaret dinner theatre Puttin' on the Ritz are (from left) Matt Deavoll, Hannah Burgess, Rob Martin, Lana Nesnas and Cam Sutcliffe. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

by Alexia Johnston

Timaru will soon play host to an international performing artist.

Sydney actress Lana Nesnas will visit Timaru this month, where she will perform alongside Rob Martin, Hannah Burgess, Cam Sutcliffe and Matt Deavoll.

Between them they will perform Puttin’ on the Ritz, in the form of a cabaret dinner theatre, at the Landing Service Conference Centre in Timaru.

The show, a Rob Martin Production project, to take place over two 60-minute segments, will feature hits by Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, among others.

Nesnas has performed in mainstream theatre, film and television, including the original tour of Dirty Dancing, South Pacific, ATOMIC the musical and television series All Saints

The rest of the Puttin’ on the Ritz cast has also had a busy schedule this year.

The group recently finished performing in Avenue Q, a popular show by the South Canterbury Drama League.

The show also follows the success of an earlier cabaret dinner theatre, The Sound of Musicals, held earlier in the year.

But, this time around Nesnas will join the team, something the group has been looking forward to.

Sutcliffe said the opportunity was fortunate.

“Rob [an international artist] is one of the few people we’ve really got to know [in the industry], so it’s going to be interesting to meet someone [else] who knows what the business [is like].

“Living in Timaru, we don’t really get [that kind of] opportunity,” he said.

Martin, a friend of Nesnas, approached her for the role.

“It’s a point of difference for people to see her talents and she’s a remarkable performer,” he said.

Burgess was also looking forward to the music that would be on offer this time round.

“It’s going back in time and appreciating a different style of music than what we’ve grown up with,” she said.

Martin agreed.

“It’s the music that our parents and, definitely, our grandparents loved. They are the people we would love to see come along and enjoy the show, but of course it’s for everybody.”

Puttin’ on the Ritz will be performed on November 10-11.