You could be stage star

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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