Boy from Oz nearly misses cue
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE'S 'Boy from Oz', Dale Pengelly, nearly missed his cue yesterday when a "bureaucratic bungle'' delayed his plane trip to Gladstone.
Mr Pengelly was to arrive in Gladstone in time for his rehearsal for today's 'Pigs, Lions, Ballet and Broadway' fundraising peformance at the Gladstone University campus.
His plane did not arrive in Gladstone until 4.20pm yesterday, restricting his rehearsal time on stage to about 45 minutes.
Luckily he had further rehearsal time later in the Rampton's Danzenergy Studio where he did his early training.
Mr Pengelly said he felt committed to return something for the Gladstone people for all they did to set him on his career as a singer, dancer and actor.
In the early 1980s the Gladstone community rallied to raise $17,000 to allow Mr Pengelly to attend the Australian Ballet School which launched him in his career.
"Gladstone did that for me and now I want to do this to help someone from this city to be able to pursue a similar career.''
Money raised from today's two performances will be used to set up the Dale Pengelly Bursary to enrol in Central Queensland Uni-versity Bachelor of Performing Arts.
Mr Pengelly, who is currently starring in Saturday Night Fever, understudied for the role of The Boy From Oz, which tells of Australian performer Peter Allen's stage career.
Later he took the Peter Allen part in the Prime Minister's special 'Boy From Oz' Olympic performance.
"I worked my butt off to pre-pare for this ? it took me about 10 weeks to write, then rewrite Pigs, Lions, Ballet and Broadway.''
He said there would be a section performed by the Rampton's Danzenergy studio before his own performance, then he would be joined by the students for another section.
Organiser of the show Fay Owens said a few seats still remained to be sold which would be available at the door.
The first performance today will be at 9.30am and the evening performance will be at 7.30pm.