FACTION BRINGS ALONG FRICTION
WINTHROP resident Victoria Dixon is about to find out what happens when a community choir is trapped at gunpoint.
The answer lies in Kate Rice’s black comedy The Mozart Faction, directed by Siobhan O’Gara at Melville Theatre this April.
A small suburban choir, known as The Cantus Formosus, has been performing in community halls for local groups and events for years – but its latest rehearsal comes to an abrupt end.
Wolf has lived next door for the past decade and has finally had enough of their singing so storms in with a gun, demanding silence.
In the siege that follows, Mozart’s Requiem gains new meaning for all of them as Wolf forces each chorister to look death in the eye, bringing a range of character and personality types and their reactions into the spotlight.
Dixon plays choir director Evie Valentine.
“She’s completely ego-driven, selfish, mean and vain,” she said.
“The character is good fun to play and I really like her story.
“The main challenge is singing classic music in Latin – I have good choir experience but the music in this play is very different to anything I’ve done for a long time.”
Dixon previously worked with the UK’s Theatre Royal Plymouth before moving to Perth a year ago.
She made her WA debut at Melville Theatre in One Man, Two Guvnors in December and is director of the Australian Military Wives Choir Perth.
O’Gara said the choir in The Mozart Faction represented a range of community and theatre groups people may have previously experienced.
The Mozart Faction plays April 8 to 22. Tickets are $20, $15 concession. Book on 9330 4565 or at www.meltheco.org.au.
Choir members Evie (Victoria Dixon) and Sophie (Elouise Martin) face off in The Mozart Faction at Melville Theatre.