I’m excited and delighted to have been mentioned in a review by TheatrePeople.com.au for my role as Mazeppa in Gypsy:
The trio of Wichita strippers (Mazeppa – Racheal Leigh, Tessie Tura – Julia Lefik, and Electra -Shelley Days) was a definite crowd favourite. Their rendition of “You Gotta get A Gimmick” was deliciously competitive, and wonderfully funny. Hats off to Leigh for actually playing Mazeppa’s trumpet – a joyous moment for all.
This show has been one of my favourites (next to Chicago) and I’m so excited to be playing such a fun role! Only playing until this Saturday, 28 November – so do come along if you’re in town!
In other news, I’ve had a bit of a blessing in disguise by recently discovering I’m being made redundant from my full time job… whilst this is a scary prospect, I’m actually looking forward to being able to concentrate on my performing career, as well as make a move into the health & fitness industry – hopefully inspiring and helping others. You can hear more about that on my second blog here: https://youtu.be/NhbQ2D_ARN4
A fair bit has happened since my last post in June. The One Night Only Gig was a sell-out, and we also just did our Latin Carnival de Sol concert which also sold out. I am still currently in the ‘day job’, but things on the dance front have slightly changed – I’m not currently teaching as I’ve been busy between the band; Bollywood dance gigs; and now rehearsals for the wonderful Broadway musical, Gypsy.
I’m excited to be playing the cameo role of Mazeppa, one of three Burlesque dancers who introduce Louise (who later becomes the famous Gypsy Rose Lee) to the risqué art form. There is such a strong cast of all ages, and the leading actors have been wonderfully cast! The show is playing from 13 to 28 November at Beenleigh Theatre (book online and use the promo code ‘rleigh’ to get a 10% discount!) http://beenleightheatregroup.com/booking/
I’ve also decided to start a video blog! It has started initially about my weight loss journey but may develop into other stuff later on. You can view Episode One here. I’m hoping it will inspire others to start looking after themselves so please feel free to share or subscribe. I have been a lot more active the past few months, and the next 12 months will hopefully see new opportunities and change. I hope you enjoy following and supporting me along the way!
Racheal has been spending the past few months concentrating on her singing voice, not to mention much of her time being spent in the organisation of her birthday party held at the Tivoli Theatre in October.
Racheal is now working towards a musical theatre career, and is spending a lot of her time singing – she recently performed in the Ignatians IGNITE “Showstoppers” Concert, and is currently in rehersals for another production due to play in late March 2007.
It’s all been quite for the first half of 2006, with Racheal spending a fair bit of time on set of a new Sci-Fi Feature Film being shot around Brisbane. Due to wrap mid 2006, Racheal has had little time to work on much else.
However, she did accept a small role in John Wikman’s latest production “Soundsations” which is currently performing at the Wonargo Cultural Centre, Northgate, until Saturday 03 June. She also had her photo in the Northside Chronicle (check them out at www.newsphotos.com.au) , although was not credited!
Racheal has returned to Beenleigh Theatre’s stage to play Pongo in the not-so-well known musical – “Footrot Flats”. After a successful opening weekend, the show is likely to be a sell-out!
Also, at the end of August, Racheal was involved in a short film called “A King’s Mistage”, a story set during the war about two sisters. Filming went well, and it currently in editing. It will be entered in film festivals around the place, so stay tuned for more!!
If you also keep an eye out on TV for the new Dreamworld commercial, you won’t see Racheal, but if you see Wags The Dog (from Wiggles) then you can guess who’s behind the mask!