A FUSION of contemporary Irish dance and music with grand-scale illusions will have Leeton audiences spellbound later this month.
The Roxy Theatre will stage Celtic Illusion, breathtaking Irish dance show created and directed by Australian dancer Anthony Street, the former principal dancer of Lord of the Dance.
From the second the lights go down, the audience embarks on an adventure where anything is possible and the world of dreams becomes reality.
They will be instantly captivated with the first magical appearance of the lead dancer, which sets the tone for the rest of the show.
Roxy Theatre manager Krystal Roden can't wait for the show to hit town, but urged the community not to wait to get tickets.
"There has been a lot of interest already," she said.
"Tickets are selling reasonably fast for this so there is no guarantee of tickets being available at the door on the day."
The combination of dance, music and magic make it a unique performance concept that sets it apart from all other dance shows.
The theatre will come alive as champion dancers grace the stage, moving as one, creating rhythms that will leave the audience unable to sit still.
Each routine has an individual look and feel, complemented by a modern musical score arranged and composed by Angela Little (Australia).
Celtic Illusion is also constantly evolving and fans have seen the show several times have been amazed at how much it changes in the space of a few months - new illusions are constantly being added to the show and new routines are being choreographed or modified.
Celtic Illusion will be staged at the Roxy on Saturday June 21 from 8pm.
DID you know that you can hire the iconic Roxy Theatre for your own function?
Whether it is an intimate screening or catering for a group, a private screening or event at the Roxy Theatre will be a unique and memorable experience.
"Anyone, individuals, couples, social clubs, whether it be for a cocktail party of another event, they can book the theatre out for the evening," said theatre manager Krystal Roden.
"In the past, people have used it as an anniversary venue, a Valentine's Day booking with a picnic set up and we cater for weddings, cocktail parties or social club functions.
"There is an option to bring in your own food and drinks, or we can talk about catering options."
The theatre can be used for a screening or groups can just use the space.
"You can pick what you want to screen, or current screenings," Krystal said.
"Some people have chosen older films. Just as long as we can get it."
The theatre space includes the stage and a dance floor. With the front rows of chairs cleared away, there is room to cater for up to 130 people, including dance floor space.
Using the Roxy for private functions is another way Leeton Shire Council is making the public facility available for the community.
The theatre has undergone significant upgrades over the last 12 months, particularly to the sound and vision, with digital projection introduced.
"Going forward, now we have completed some of the projects, the facility is up to the standard of any theatre or cinema in Australia," Krystal said.
"We are trying to open the doors more and more to the public."
With the increased technology in place, it also means the theatre is able to stage a greater variety of events.
"The community should keep its ear to the ground for a range of shows to be held at the theatre in the future," Krystal said.
THE Roxy Theatre will feature a piece of Wes Anderson whimsy this weekend when it screens The Grand Budapest Hotel.
A director with a cult following, Anderson is known for his distinctive visual and narrative style and has produced comedy gems such as Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), the stop-motion animated Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) and Moonrise Kingdom (2012).
The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Told as flashback, Zero recounts the story of how he became the hotel's owner and why he holds onto it and keeps it open despite making no money.
The story begins in 1932, when the hotel was in its golden era and Zero was the novice lobby boy under the guidance of Gustave.
Gustave aimed to please, giving the guests whatever they wanted, with particular attention paid to the wealthy women.
When one of the women (Tilda Swinton) dies and bequeaths Gustave a valuable painting, the concierge is accused of murder, leaving Zero, his girlfriend Agatha (Saoirse Ronan) and others to clear Gustave's name.
The Grand Budapest Hotel will screen on Friday at 11am and include a morning tea from 10.30am. It will also screen Saturday night (7.30pm) and Sunday afternoon (2pm).