‘Dancing Years’ taps into talents

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A tap-dancing singing duo are set to star in the upcoming Operatunity concert.

Soprano Kelly Harris returns to the stage, alongside Ashburton-born Tainui Kuru, in the concert company’s upcoming tour, “The Dancing Years”.

The show will come to Timaru’s Theatre Royal on June 19.

Harris made her debut with Operatunity in July last year, during its “Golden Era of Musicals” tour.

Kuru and Harris first teamed up during the company’s “From Phantom to Les Mis” national tour earlier this year, singing Sun and Moon from Miss Saigonand tap dancing.

Director Sue Boland said she was “thrilled” to recast both performers in the upcoming show.

“I just loved watching them perform together. They are such a crowd-pleaser, so talented and make us all feel happy.”

Boland has planned two duets for Harris and Kuru in the “The Dancing Years”.

They will perform Gershwin’s Let’s Call the Whole Thing Offand crowd favourite Singin’ in the Rain.

Along with singing, both performers are talented tap dancers and audiences can expect this skill to be put to good use in “The Dancing Years”.

As the concert features songs from the 1920s to 1940s, Harris has been working on her Charleston.

“It’s not the easiest dance move, but once you get the hang of it it’s so much fun,” she says.

The show is filled with familiar song-and-dance numbers, including Anything Goes, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Stepping out with My Baby and Lullaby of Broadway

Kuru and Harris will be joined by Karl Perigo, Alex Milligan, Hamish McGregor and Alex Foster for the 24-show tour.

“The Dancing Years” will be performed at Timaru’s Theatre Royal on June 19 from 11am. Tickets can be bought by calling 0508 266-237, or at www.operatunity.co.nz.