One of the girls
Jason Chasland has been made an honorary Beatboy in Wellington’s girl song and dance trio, The Beatgirls, joining Carolyn McLaughlin, Kali Kopae and Andrea Sanders for their new show Spector.
Sanders first saw Chasland perform in The Nero Show at Circa in 2010 and was so impressed she asked him to join The Beatgirls on their Toast Martinborough tour last year. He now performs in the group’s tribute to Rock’n Roll’s legendary record producer Phil Spector, opening at Circa Theatre on July 14.
“It’s a musical spark that drew us together,” Chasland says. “We’re all in love with the same genus.”
The show includes hits such as Be My Baby, Da do Ron Ron, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling River Deep Mountain High and one of the best songs ever written, according to Chasland, Unchained Melody.
Chasland is well versed in musical theatre. From the Wairarapa he graduated from the Wellington Performing Arts Centre (now Whitireia) in 2005 and has been doing musicals and concerts ever since. He’s performed throughout New Zealand and Australia, and spent a 2007 as guest singer on an American cruise liner. Currently he’s based in Wellington, but commutes to Nelson where he’s teaching musical theatre, dance and drama.
Chasland says Spector showcases the best work from Spector’s career and recounts the stories around the music as told by the artists with who he worked.
Spector, The Beatgirls, Circa Theatre, July 14-28.