You could be stage star
IF YOU have always dreamed of taking centre stage, don’t miss this opportunity for free coaching from Opera Queensland artists and the chance to perform in front of an appreciative audience as part of the Childers Festival.
Bundaberg Regional Council Community and Cultural Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters said the Open Stage workshops were a unique opportunity for talented Bundaberg region residents to develop their skills.
“Everyone is welcome to attend the workshops, it doesn’t matter if you are new to singing or a seasoned professional,” Cr Peters said.
“We will offer sessions for residents over the age of 17 as well as student sessions. I would encourage anyone interested in developing their voice to attend these workshops and take advantage of the opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s most skilled operatic singers.”
Cr Peters said workshop participants would have the opportunity to perform in Childers Festival events including Opera by The Lake at Lake Redbrook Holiday Retreat and a Festival Day performance in the Isis Cultural Centre alongside OperaQ artists.
“For anyone who has ever wanted to take the stage, this is an incredible opportunity.
“Last year’s Opera by the Lake was a sell-out event and will no doubt prove to be extremely popular again this year. Performing on festival day is also a high profile opportunity, with the performance listed in the program and up to 40,000 people expected to attend the festival.”
Open Stage manager Mark Taylor said OperaQ was delighted to again be associated with the Childers Festival.
“As the state opera company, our mission is to reflect, celebrate and enrich life in our communities and our ongoing association with this festival is an important part of our work in the Bundaberg region,” Mr Taylor said.
“The students and community members who participate in the workshops will have an opportunity to work with OperaQ’s highly skilled artists learning vocal, movement and drama skills in a supportive environment.
“The culmination of these workshops in two performances within the festival gives the local choruses a great opportunity to show off their new skills and for the greater Bundaberg community and festival attendees to hear OperaQ artists in this premier regional event.”
Cr Peters said there would be four workshop sessions offered to residents over the age of 17 on July 26 to 29 and registrations could be made by phoning 1300 883 699.
Separate student workshops will also be held on those dates and students can register their interest by speaking with their school’s music teacher.
For info and tickets visit childersfestival.com.au.