Singer Shan­ice hits big stage

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

EX­CITE­MENT and nerves are build­ing for tal­ented Cooya Beach singer Shan­ice McLean as she pre­pares to sing one of blind Abo­rig­i­nal singer Ge­of­frey Gur­ru­mul Yunupingu’s songs on the big stage.

The 14-year-old singer was in Bris­bane on Sunday where she un­der­went ex­ten­sive re­hearsals as part of the Creative Gen­er­a­tion - State Schools On­stage per­for­mance events.

As well as learn­ing all of her new dance moves, Shan­ice has had to not only learn Gur­ru­mul’s song Bapa but sing it in his Yol­ngu lan­guage.

The gifted singer will give a solo per­for­mance of Bapa, which means fa­ther, be­fore per­form­ing other songs with a gui­tarist, cel­loist and a back-up singer.

Shan­ice said she was very happy to be a part of the up­com­ing per­for­mance.

“The re­hearsals are get­ting real hard now but I am en­joy­ing it very much,” Shan­ice said.

Mean­while, Ge­of­frey Gur­ru­mul Yunupingu has been asked to ap­pear at the con­cert to hear Shan­ice sing his song and he has agreed if his com- mit­ments al­low him.

As part of her re­hearsal’s train­ing, Shan­ice has been reg­u­larly at­tend­ing Creative Gen­er­a­tion’s work­shops at the Bris­bane Pow­er­house, in Bris­bane.

Shan­ice, who also plays flute, said she loves all mu­sic but likes jazz the best.

This is the eighth year the most tal­ented dancers, per­form­ers, singers and mu­si­cians from Queens­land state schools come to­gether to stage one of the coun­try’s big­gest per­form­ing arts events.

Creative Gen­er­a­tion aims to men­tor and fos­ter the next gen­er­a­tion of per­form­ers and pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to work with and learn from pro­fes­sional artists.

Th­ese tal­ented young artists will per­form in four arena-style shows to be staged on Fri­day, July 20, and Satur­day, July 21, at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

The show will fea­ture a 650voice choir, a 65-piece sym­phony orches­tra, 800 dancers and tal­ented fea­tured vo­cal­ists, drama per­form­ers and dancers from the ages of five to 18.

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