It was an “eerie” feeling in June when Wayne Scott Kermond had to close his vaudeville, all-singing, all-dancing spectacular back in June.
The Sans Souci resident was just one of thousands of members of the entertainment industry who were once again thrown into temporary unemployment when the Delta variant crashed through NSW.
His show, Spiegelesque, had just begun its season when lockdown restrictions forced its closure.
“It’s not something we’ve experienced before,” Kermond told the leader.
“Usually you end the season and if you have heard that the show has to close early, you will get a notification.
“So going home one night and getting the call that you’re not doing the show the next day was creepy and weird and not something we’ve ever experienced before. It tried, you can not deny it.
“We’ve all been in a team pattern without knowing when and how we’ll move on, and the great thing now is that we are – we’ll end the season and come back even bigger and better than before.”
Spiegelesque returns to the Parramatta’s Riverside Theater from November 25 to December 5.
Kermond, the star and creator of the show, said it was everything you would want from a fun mix of vaudeville, variety, burlesque and cabaret.
“It’s visual, a lot of comedy, a lot of singing and dancing,” he said.
“There are unexpected moments that happen throughout the show – overall, it’s a kind of contemporary sense of old-fashioned cabaret.
“It’s just pure entertainment – there’s something in there for all ages, and the audience comes out with a laugh from ear to ear.
“Spiegelesque is complete escapism. We want people to come in and leave the problems in their world behind.”
Kermond said the show featured a bunch of audience interaction, meaning it was a new experience from night to night.
A fourth-generation performer with vaudeville and slapstick in his blood, Kermond said he took “a bit of the old and served it on a new plate”.
“Grandpa used to say ‘everyone loves corn, you have to learn how to serve it,'” he said.
“We keep it fresh and exciting.”
Kermond said shows like Spiegelesque kept hordes of creatives at work, not just on stage but behind the scenes with lights, sound, costumes and more.
“Our show has an ongoing effect, there are a lot of people involved to make it go,” he said.
“We may not be as big as the biggest show in town, but we have an impact on creating work in our industry. We’re all looking forward to getting back on stage for that reason – not just the performers, but also ours. musicians and technicians. “
Australian Community Media has 21 double passes to give away to Spiegelesque on Thursday 25 November from 19.30 at Riverside Theater, Parramatta.
For your chance to win, simply fill out the form below and tell us in 25 words or less what your special talent in a vaudeville or cabaret show would be (or what you wish it could be).
Entries close at midnight on Thursday 18 November and winners will be notified on Friday 19 November.