Spectacular, Spectacular!

Be transported by the atmosphere and energy a one-of-kind cabaret experience! "Spectacular, Spectacular!" brings together prohibition-style cabaret with lashings of showgirl glam!

Take a step back in time and immerse yourself in the bygone area of Trad-Jazz and prohibition cabaret.

Perth Cabaret Collective pays tribute to the music that speaks to your soul whilst making you want to get up and move your body! Performing music from 1920’s trad jazz swingers to the most beloved divas of all time, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt and Liza Minelli, you are guaranteed to hear something that resonates from deep within. Featuring nine of Perth’s best Jazz musicians, the energy of the band is electric and uplifting with several of the performers nationally recognised for their musical prowess.

PCC has an extraordinary line-up of jazz singers featured throughout the show including impeccable Mark Turner, the powerhouse Mia Matthiessen and ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert Star’, Cougar Morrison. The show will also feature international burlesque sensation, Lucy Lovegun, and Miss Burlesque WA, Veruca Sour, both known for their theatrical and comedic acts.

This flamboyant cast will have you on your feet as their combined onstage talent verges on outrageous.

Form and Style

The band are seated in a semi-circle on stage and play through-out the entire show, directed by Musical Director, Jess Herbert from the baritone saxophone chair. There are 12-13 tunes in each set featuring vocal solos and duets, as well as dance and burlesque routines. The show moves quickly from act to act with vocalists interacting with the crowd in between tunes to tell a short story about the repertoire or something comical and off  the cuff. There are two options for the venues, a fast paced one hour show or the 2 hour rendition with an interval.

Community Engagement

Jazz/improvisation workshops in schools. All members of the PCC jazz band are music educators. Several of them are permanent teaching staff at both WAAPA and UWA. Ricki Malet (trumpet player) is a Musical Director at the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra. Our musicians can create specific workshops based around your schools’ needs. We offer a range of different workshops including big band, improvisation, composition and “A Journey Through Jazz” a fun and interactive workshop suitable for both primary and secondary students.

– Drag Queen Storytime. Come and listen to the likes of one of Perth’s most highly decorated drag queens, Cougar Morrison, bring your favourite children’s stories to life! These events promote inclusion and diversity and is intended as a creative literary experience for children and their parents, highlighting empathy and acceptance. Above all else it is fun, funny and fabulous!

– Charleston workshop. The Charleston is an upbeat and playful dance from the 1920s. Come and learn with two of the best Charleston dancers Perth has to offer, Miss Lucy Lovegun and Vercuca Sour! This one-hour workshop will guide you through the iconic moves from the era and teach you a fun routine. With great dance steps and music to match, you can develop your dance skills in a friendly and inclusive setting.

Reviews

“If you haven’t been to a Perth Cabaret Collective show yet, you absolutely need to! Perth Cabaret Collective have quite a reputation to live up to, and they absolutely exceed it. Well known as Perth’s premier Jazz band, their performances are electrifying and enthralling from start to finish. Filled to the brim with local talent it’s no wonder they are a FRINGE WORLD Festival Favourite! It is almost impossible to put into words, the audience greedily lapping up every note of their captivating performance and demanding one last song with a series of chants, and a cacophony of cheers and applause.” – 2022 FRINGEWORLD review

“Packed full of serious talent – these guys could play anywhere in the world – they were all sensational! Such a fun and enjoyable show.” – 2022 audience testimonial

“So glad I went to see this show, because it’s everything you could want and more. The band is incredible and each member is so talented individually but as a unit they are just dazzling! The vocalists are true professionals and the dancers and so entertaining. 1000/10!!” – 2022 audience testimonial

Available Marketing Collaterals
  • Professionally designed posters and flyers
  • Porfessionally designed social media collateral (Instagram tiles, stories, FB cover page)
  • Show reel
  • Perth Cabaret Collective Youtube channel.
Credits

Gemma Farrell (tenor sax : WAAPA lecturer, Masters in Jazz performance, Director of the Young Women in Jazz Program at WAYJO, composer, freelance jazz musician. 20 year + professional experience.

Erin Royer (soprano sax, alto sax, clarinet): UWA lecturer, Masters in Classical performance, performs regularly with Malaysian Philharmonic (MPO) and The Western Australian Symphonic Orchestras (WASO). Freelance musician 15 year + professional experience.

Jess Herbert (baritone sax): UWA lecturer, Director of Perth Cabaret Collective, freelance musician. 15 year + professional experience.

Matt Smith (trumpet): Professional trumpet player, educator, composer, freelance jazz musician. 15 year + professional experience.

Ricki Malet (trumpet): WAAPA lecturer, WAYJO Musical Director, educator, composer, freelance jazz musician . 20 year + professional experience.

Steven Bickley (trombone): freelance jazz musician. 15 year + professional experience.

Cameron Fermoyle (drums): freelance jazz musician. Currently studying jazz performance at WAAPA. 5 year + professional experience.

James O’Brien (piano): freelance jazz musician. Currently studying jazz performance at WAAPA. 5 year + professional experience.

Kate Pass (bass): WAAPA lecturer, Director of Kohesia Ensemble, Tutor for the Young Women in Jazz Program at WAYJO, President of the Perth Jazz Society, composer, freelance jazz musician. 15 year + professional experience.

Mark Turner (singer): Professional singer, saxophonist and guitarist. Performs internationally, freelance musician. 20 year + professional experience.

Mia Matthiessen (singer): WAAPA lecturer. Freelance musician. 10 year + professional experience.

Clint Stindberg (Cougar Morrison): Queen of the Court 2018, Lead in Priscilla Queen of the Desert stage production (2021, 2022) , Proud Awards ‘Entertainer of the Year’ 2020. Freelance performer 10 year + professional experience.

Alysha Macri (Veruca Sour): Miss Burlesque WA 2018, Tutor at Sugar Blue Burlesque, Freelance performer 10 year + professional experience.

Alisa Adams (Lucy Lovegun): Miss Burlesque WA 2014 & 2022, 2nd Runner Up at Viva Las Vegas, Tutor at Sugar Blue Burlesque, Freelance performer 10 year + professional experience.

Availability

July-August 2023

Artforms

Cabaret, Musical Theatre

Audience

- aged 30-60 - higher percentage of women - open-minded with liberal views - supportive of the LGBTQI+ community - good sense of humour - enjoy jazz and musical theatre

Duration

Option 1 - 1 hour show | Option 2 - 2 hour show (including interval)

Bump In

2 hours

Bump Out

45 mins

Costs

Weekly Fee: $24,200
Royalties: 5%

Company Contacts

Jess Herbert
0433 030 345
perthcabaretcollective@gmail.com



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Technical

Venue Format

Proscenium Arch or Thrust preferably, Black Box workable

Touring Party

14

Considerations

Maximum performances a week: 7

Does this show require a remount? No

First Possible Performance: 30 mins

Minimum Break Between Shows: 30 mins

Minimum stage dimensions: 6m x 8m

Staging and Set Description: 6 armless chairs placed in a semi-circle, 3 on each side of the rhythm section, placed upstage middle.

Lighting requirements: Basic colour washes with spotlight stage front for solos.

Audio requirements: Input List 01. Kick 02. Snare 03. Overhead 04. Bass DI 05. Keyboard DI 06. Baritone sax 07. Alto sax/clarinet 08. Tenor sax 09. Trumpet 1 10. Trumpet 2 11. Trombone 12. Female vox (wireless handheld) 13. Male vox (wireless handheld) 14. Foldback wedge x5 15. Wired vocal (next to baritone sax) Output List FB1. DSC Vocal FB2. USR Piano FB 3. USR Bass FB4. USL Drums Stands 2 x Round base Straights 3 x Tall Booms 8 x Short Booms or LP Claws

Other technical or performance notes: One sound tech, one lighting tech