A Dubbo cricketer has swapped the field for the stage as he rediscovers his enthusiasm for performance.
Mick Davis is warming up his singing voice for renditions of some of his old favourite tunes.
The long-time RSL Colts batsman is one of the performers in Wesley House Players’ Makin’ Whoopee in the 20s.
The production is the brainchild of director Raelene Burn and will see local singers, musicians and dancers give a cabaret-style show on March 24 and March 25.
Although Mick is a familiar figure in town in cricketing whites it’s not the first time he’s been involved in theatre.
He was part of both two amateur theatre groups in Dubbo back in the 1980s and comes from a family with an interest in the stage.
“My father David was a local performer and then I married an actress,” he said.
In an interview with the Daily Liberal that was peppered with tongue-in-cheek Mick told of the fun he was having with his latest gig.
“I like the period singing and the ‘20s is a particular favourite of mine,” he said.
American star of the 1920s Al Jolson has left an impression on Mick.
“I’ll be doing a medley of Al Jolson songs,” he said.
“I’m looking to lift the roof and get people dancing in their seats.
“And the odd person can have a laugh at me as well.”
And there was another reason for taking part that Mick didn’t want to pass up.
“It was an opportunity to do a duet with my brother-in-law, Robert Tarry,” he said taking a dig at his singing partner’s age.
“We’ll perform Me and My Shadow, it’s a lot of fun.”
As the big night approaches, the singer is showing no signs of nerves.
“Good as gold, I’m not a very confident person, but I’m very comfortable with my words,” he said.
Costume - a suit - is sorted.
“I look a million bucks in a bowl of fruit,” Mick said, making use of rhyming slang.
The singer encouraged people to enjoy the entertainment.
“We want people to come along and have some fun - whether they’re coming to laugh at me or enjoy the talented singers, we want people to have a fantastic night,” Mick said.
“It promises to be a great night and I’ll stick around to sign autographs afterwards.”
The show is on for two nights only and tickets are available through Indulge on Macquarie.