HOT PINK: Kylie Clarke brings her Th!nk Pink tribute show to Toronto Workers next Saturday night, November 1.FANS will be tickled pink next week when Kylie Clarke rolls into Toronto Workers Club for her Pink tribute performance.
Clarke was never a Pink fan, she admitted to the Lakes Mail, but demanding audience members soon changed her mind.
“While singing in the Gold Coast, people just kept asking me to sing Pink songs,” she said. “And it was my job so I’d politely agree and sing Pink songs.”
Now she’s co-owner, producer, director and performer in a mind-blowing tribute show, Th!nk Pink – The Ultimate Tribute.
After she moved back to her childhood home of the Central Coast, Clarke said she was driving in Gorokan one day when she pulled over and decided to start the tribute band.
She made some calls and put the band together.
“Three weeks later we were in the rehearsal room,” she said.
That was 2008 and the rest is history.
“It’s been a massive journey and we’re only becoming really successful now,” she said. “I met fantastic performers along the way but not everyone suited the show.
“I had to search over those years to find just the right people, and now we’re a 15-strong cast with three musicians, a backing singer, six dancers, two sound and light technicians and my wife, Emma, co-owner and stage manager.
“I couldn’t do it without Emma,” she said.
Most of the cast are award-winning performers and technicians, and Clarke said she was aware of how much work they put in.
The Clarkes had a baby just six months after Pink, herself, had a baby and the couple are also dedicated foster parents.
“Sometimes I feel like I need to be six people,” she admitted.
The show has always been used to raise funds after they pay their staff and make themselves a modest living.
Their upcoming Toronto show will raise funds for Crisis Care, a charity helping displaced children during transition to a new life.
The show itself is modelled closely on real Pink tours, with the singer’s most recent hits taking centre stage and custom-made costumes to reflect originals. Despite her rocky beginning as a fan, Clarke is now a front-row audience member.
“She’s fit, determined, fearless and she can sing and dance!” she said.
“It’s really difficult to keep up.”
The show is 18+ and will be held at Toronto Workers Club on Saturday, November 1, at 8.30pm.
Tickets cost $5. Phone 4959 2011.
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