Flappers put on the glitz at cabaret show
AUDIENCES at the Joie de Vivre Restaurant were transported to a bygone era on Wednesday, when cabaret queens Deeny Kohler-Caporaleand Heather Hibbitt brought the 1920s flappers to life.
With a glass of champagne and a fake cigarette in their hands, the glamorous ladies started the Putting on the Glitz cabaret show with a bang when they arrived, swinging off an original 1920s Chervolet ute.
An audience of close to 40 people laughed and sang their way through the hour-long show, written by Ms Kohler-Caporale.
The talented jazz singer and owner of the Joie de Vivre Restaurant said she had written the story at 2am in a sudden burst of latenight inspiration.
"I just had it buzzing around in my head," she said.
"I had to sit down and pull out all my ideas."
Re-creating the uproarious 'flapper era', eloquently revisited in the recent film, the Great Gatsby, the cabaret show took the audience on a journey through a time of Prohibition and shimmying.
Ms Kohler-Caporale said the addition of the Chev to the show was inspired by the Great Gatsby.
"I had seen the car three months ago - and I just knew I needed to have it here," she said.
"I could just picture it out the front of my restaurant."
In true flapper style, the show had plenty of frivolity and fun with music by the likes of George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Al Jolson.
Ms Kohler-Caporale and Ms Hibbitt performed a number of jazz and Broadway hits such as Baby Face, Put on a Happy Face and Sister Kate.
Putting on the Glitz cabaret shows will be held monthly at Joie de Vivre, with the next to be held on Wednesday April 16.
Ms Kohler-Caporale said the next show would be jazz-themed, with some stand-up comedy blended in.
"I'm going to take audiences to the jazz I adore," she said.
"I'll also do stand-up comedy based on senior citizens and the youth of today looking at both ends of the spectrum."
Also in the pipeline is a war-era themed show in August, to mark a century since the outbreak of the First World War.
"The show will go back to the wartime music," Ms Kohler-Caporale said.
The Putting on the Glitz cabaret shows include a morning tea and tickets are priced at $15 each.
Bookings are essential by phoning Deeny on 0409 054 939.