I was given complimentary tickets to the show thanks to Nuffnang.
At six years of age Summer Moore has a lot on her mind. It’s her first week back at school after the holidays so she’s getting back into the routine of school days and homework. She also has two wobbly teeth! This is all pretty normal six year old stuff, except that Summer may lose her wobbliest tooth on stage at the Princess Theatre tonight during a performance of Once.
After enjoying immensely successful seasons in New York, London and Dublin the multi-award winning stage musical has come to Melbourne and celebrated it’s official opening on October 4th, receiving a well deserved standing ovation.
I was there in the audience on opening night and had fallen in love with the music a few bars into leading man, Tom Parson’s opening song. My adoration grew stronger as the show went on, the music uplifting and soul-filling accompanied by foot stomping, hand clapping and an Irish pub vibe that made me want to move to Dublin immediately.
Summer plays Ivanka, the child of the female lead, played by Madeline Jones. The age of Ivanka is one of the little things that they have changed when adapting the story from the much loved and likewise multi-award winning movie of the same name. Ivanka in Once, the movie, is a toddler. I imagine toddlers are just as hard to work with on stage as they are anywhere.
With this age change aside, the show stays pretty true to the original story, introducing several stronger characters and more humour, making it all a bit more “theatrical” yet maintaining the simplicity of the original love story behind the music and manages to do it all on the one set – the Irish Pub which only ever acts as a pub during intermission when the audience is invited on stage for their refreshments.
Summer shares her role of Ivanka with two other girls which makes it easier to juggle the late nights and early school mornings by performing only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Nights. Mum Melani has arranged with Summer’s school for her to come in late on Wednesdays and Fridays to ensure she still gets the sleep that she needs as well as making the most of this amazing experience.
When asked about the audition experience, Summer says she was so nervous as it was her first ever audition and she kept shrugging her shoulders. She must have done something right as she is now enjoying being a part of Once and is no longer nervous, saying that being on stage in front of all those people is not much different than being up on stage at her end of year dance concerts.
One thing that may set it apart is losing that wobbly tooth on stage. Ever the professional, Summer knows that if it happens tonight she needs to stay in character and remain cool. Assurances have been made that the tooth fairy will find it and all will be well.
Once, The Musical is currently playing at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. Bookings can be made online
I received complimentary tickets to attend the show but was under no obligation to write about it. Summer Moore attends school with my son and graciously allowed me to interview her.