AURORA | The wheels on the bus have been going ‘round and ‘round, in and out, and — eventually — onstage at the Aurora Fox Arts Center this spring.
For the past several weeks, the design team at The Fox, led by Technical Director Brandon Case, has chopped, welded and moved select pieces of a retired public school bus onto the Colfax theater’s mainstage for what will arguably be The Fox’s grandest show of its 32nd season.
Obtained via Craig’s List from an undisclosed Colorado school district, the still drivable school bus will be one of the starring characters in The Fox adaptation of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” a musical take on the 1994 Australian cult film of nearly the same name. The story centers on two drag queens and a transgender woman who make their way across the Australian outback in a lavender bus named “Priscilla.”
The production at the Fox, the last of the theater’s current season, is loaded with firsts: The local directorial debut of Colorado arts icon Eden Lane, a novel casting choice for one of the leading characters and several musical tweaks made at the behest of the director with the consent of the original playwrights.
“The Aurora Fox production will be completely unique,” said Lane, who’s directing and choreographing the show.
Both Lane, who has hosted “In Focus With Eden Lane” on Colorado Public Television for the past 10 years, and Fox Executive Producer Charlie Packard pointed to the casting choice made for the character of Bernadette, the show’s transgender co-star, as a prominent highlight in the local production. After prompting from Lane, the…
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