THERE has been little in the way of water restrictions at QPAC in Brisbane since the opening night of Singin’ in the Rain on September 23.
With the ‘splash-hit’ West End stage production running until October 30, audiences still have the opportunity to experience all the ‘brolly-twirling’ joy of this much loved musical, based on the 1952 MGM movie of the same name starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds.
It’s colourful, joyful and very, very damp.
With the help of 12,000 litres of recycled water, the audience can enjoy one of the most famous dance scenes live on stage, with some leaving the theatre a little wetter than when they arrived.
To achieve the famous ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ scene, the production uses over 800 metres of flexible pipe work, a 9000kg water tank and a water system that creates a downpour from above as well as flooding from below the stage.
In total it rains over 12,000 litres of recycled water per performance – some of which ends up in the laps of audiences sitting in the front rows, pre-prepared with supplied plastic ponchos in a section dubbed the ‘splash zone’.
The glitz and glamour of this slick production is almost guaranteed to whet the appetites of live show patrons heading into the festive season, with QPAC due to host Matilda the Musical from November 28 until mid-January and the Nutcracker by Queensland Ballet from December 9-23.
- The author of this article attended the premiere of Singin’ in the Rain as a guest of Brisbane Marketing.