THE IMPOSTAR: WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS?
Written by Jason Chasland with Lyndee-Jane Rutherford
Directed by Lyndee-Jane Rutherford
Starring Jason Chasland
at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington
From 6 Dec 2012 to 15 Dec 2012
Circa One, Wellington
From 19 Oct 2013 to 9 Nov 2013
Reviewed by: John Smythe; Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post); Hannah Smith; Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post);
Jason Chasland is an impressionist and entertainer with leather lungs! He stars in this fun and funny tour de force created especially to showcase his singing talent and his mind blowing ability to do hilarious impressions.
In a show fusing together classic icons with contemporary music phenomenon's - from Barbra Streisand to Nicki Minaj, from Aaron Neville to Chubby Checker and from Julie Andrews to Britney Spears, Chasland's impressions are hilarious and jaw droppingly incredible.
“I am extremely excited to be bringing this show to Wellington,” says Chasland. “Inspired by old Vaudeville acts and movie stars who were ‘triple threat' performers, I thought with hard work and discipline I could totally do that! So I began researching hours of audio and video footage; a year or so later I contacted Lyndee-Jane. We have created what I believe is a special, unique and mind blowing theatrical experience!”
The ImpoSTAR is an exhilarating evening with over twenty amazing impressions that chop and change so fast it will leave the audience gasping for air!
The ImpoSTAR marks the last performance at BATS Theatre until renovations complete 2014.
The ImpoSTAR premiered at the Theatre Royal Nelson in 2012, before a smash hit season at BATS Theatre, Wellington. This 2014 season is bigger and better! For this exciting main stage Circa Theatre experience The ImpoSTAR has been revamped with fabulous new songs, characters and more of Jason's amazing impressionist journey.
“Jason Chasland is SHOW STOPPING!” – The NZ Listener
“Show stopping, his energetic performance was riveting to watch, channeling distraught divas effortlessly.” – Capital Times
“Chasland is extremely impressive, he nails the characters superbly!” – Theatreview
“Brilliant with remarkable voice.” – The Lumiere Reader
19 October – 9 November 2013
Tues & Wed 6.30pm, Thurs – Sat 8pm and Sun 4pm (no show Mon)
Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington
Bookings: 04 801 7992 or www.circa.co.nz
Tickets: $46 / 38 / 25
Choreographer: Leigh Evans
Set Designer: Rose Kirkup
Lighting Design: Jennifer Lal
Music Editor: Tane Upjohn-Beatson
Sound Engineer: James Woods
Costume Design: Gillie Coxill
Operator/Stage Manager: Ashlyn Smith
Set Construction: Nick Lane
Costume Assistant: Cathy ‘Tree' Harris
Vocal Advisor: Christina Cusiel
Publicity: Brianne Kerr
Graphic Design: Nic Marshall
Production Photography: Paul McLaughlin
Poster Photography: Hamish Burson
Video camera operator: Grant Atkinson
Box Office: Linda Wilson
FOH Manager: Suzanne Blackburn