Taylor Swift is known for doing things that warm the heart. She’s kind, generous and she knows how to give back.
Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre have a play called ‘Seventeen’, which is due to open this week and features a cast of actors in their 70s playing 17-year-olds.
Director Anne-Louise Sarks explained that there was an awesome moment at the end of the play where the cast dances, “There’s this great moment where they ‘Shake It Off’, and they know all the words and have amazing moves,” she said.
“But we’ve just at the last minute been told we can’t have the rights to the song.”
According to Ms Sarks, the cast had been preparing the heavily-choreographed scene for weeks and were understandably disappointed when they were told they couldn’t dance to the Taylor Swift hit.
“These actors weren’t, until these rehearsals, familiar with Taylor Swift — or much pop music — so we introduced them to this track, they learned all the words — it was kind of a big process,” she said. “So it was quite a big deal to get denied those rights at the last minute.”
With that, a furious Ms Sarks began a social media campaign, asking the starlet to step in and rectify the situation.
— Anne-Louise Sarks (@annelouisesarks) August 3, 2015
The hashtag #greygrey4taytay soon began trending in Australia, and later that day, Taylor replied.
Permission granted, @BelvoirSt. Good luck with your opening night 🙂
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 4, 2015
“Permission granted, @BelvoirSt,” Swift wrote. “Good luck with your opening night.”
Ms Sarks said she was “overwhelmed” that Swift had come through for the company.
“It’s thrilling, it’s so exciting, and most of all it’s a huge relief for the show,” she said.
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