Lorraine finds the time of her life in the '60s
VERY FEW 68-year-old women of today consider themselves the tea-drinking, armchair-dozing grannies of yesterday and that's a good thing.
However, few think of themselves as stage entertainers either, and even fewer would consider organising, choreographing, staging and performing in a tribute show.
Enter Lorraine Moyes.
At almost 69, she is has just put together a tribute show featuring one of her favourite singers of the '60s, Helen Shapiro.
"She has inspired me since I was a teenager,” Lorraine said. "I have been a semi-professional entertainer since I was 16, since 1964 when I sang at Cloudland (Brisbane ballroom) and on Channel 9 (Teen Beat) and other shows.”
Like too many young hopeful entertainers of the time, Lorraine could not afford the luxury of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. She had work to support herself, and put aside a career she would have loved, opting instead for stability. Marriage and family followed and took up the decades, but Lorraine never lost her dream of getting back on the stage.
"I never followed a career (as a teenager) as I needed to pay the rent and eat,” she laughed. "Now my goal is this tribute show called Walking back to Happiness: a Tribute to Helen Shapiro and Friends.
"Helen Shapiro was actually bigger than the Beatles from 1961 to 1963,” Lorraine said. "She had a deep and powerful voice. They used to call her Foghorn.
"I sang all her stuff. When I sang her song Little Miss Lonely on Australia's New Faces, the judges said 'you'll never be lonely'. I can do her range.”
Using the stage name Julie Paris, Lorraine has been entertaining in clubs and retirement homes for the past 10 years since she retired.
She has spent six months putting the Helen Shapiro tribute show together and has made all the costumes herself and engaged a band to do the musical arrangements.
"It will be very professional,” she said. "We will also feature Sandy Shaw and Petula Clark in the show, and each song will have a narration and story and anecdotes. I think so many people will relate to the show, so many grew up with these singers.”
Lorraine is prepared to stage her tribute show for any club, organisation or venue that would like to book her. She is also looking for an agent to handle bookings.
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