Dream dresses for The Dream Girls at Fringe World Festival


Lisa Adam, Darlene Gianoli and Vanessa Raspa. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Lisa Adam, Darlene Gianoli and Vanessa Raspa. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

PERFORMER Lisa Adam admits she does not feel very glamorous while running around after her two toddlers, so any reason to hit the stage is a good one.

She will do just that with Darlene Gianoli and Vanessa Raspa when the trio perform The Dream Girls at Fringe World Festival this month as part of ACE’s Cabaret Downstairs at the Maj program.

And they will be performing in style thanks to Perth designer Steph Audino, who created their fabulous hot pink frocks.

“Darlene has known Steph for a while now and it was just one of those serendipitous things,” Adam said.

“I only met Steph when we had a fitting for these pink dresses and I was utterly blown away by her talent; they’re just divine.

“I keep mentioning her name to people, saying there’s this designer called Steph Audino and all these Perth people say ‘Yeah’. I’ve obviously been living in Sydney for way too long and am out of the loop.”

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Adam, a WAAPA graduate who starred in Jersey Boys as Mary Delgado and more recently Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Clinton the Musical as Hillary Rodham Clinton, joined The Dream Girls mid last year and said she was having a ball.

“We have several different shows but for Fringe we’re doing our 1960s Elvis tribute show, which is one of our most popular,” she said.

“It’s a really slick show with catchy songs, a hot six-piece band and I think the women are hot too, if I do say so myself.

“I’ve always thought Downstairs at the Maj was a fantastic venue and think The Dream Girls is a perfect show for it; even though the venue is small, it suits live music.

“I just saw some of the other acts in the series and we’re in very high-calibre company. The bar is set really high, so I think it’s going to be a great season.”

THE ESSENTIALS

What: The Dream Girls – The Sensational 60s

Where: Downstairs at the Maj, His Majesty’s Theatre

When: January 24 to 28

Tickets: www.fringeworld.com.au