Young stars ready to shine in opera

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON

TOWNSVILLE’S best and bright­est young op­er­atic per­form­ers are hit­ting all the right notes ahead of their per­for­mance of The Lit­tle Sweep.

Most of the cast and choir, aged be­tween four and 16, from the Townsville re­gion are sharp­en­ing their sound ahead of their per­for­mance at the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic ( AFCM) at the Townsville Civic Theatre on Au­gust 1.

Di­rec­tor Cienda McNa­mara, from Bris­bane, has been work­ing with the cast since early May and is in town “dis­cov­er­ing what the show is go­ing to be”.

“We are do­ing a whole lot of char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment and block­ing, and work­ing out what the shape of the show and who the dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters are and what their re­la­tion­ships are,” Ms McNa­mara said. “As well as do­ing a whole bunch of singing to make sure ev­ery­thing is

tech­ni­cally right when it comes to the score.

“It is part of the Fam­i­lies Con­cert, which is part of the big open­ing week­end for the fes­ti­val it­self.”

AFCM gen­eral man­ager Sue Hack­ett said the Fam­i­lies Con­cert was a spe­cial event at the fes­ti­val, which runs from July 31 to Au­gust 8.

“It is a great joy to see mu­sic lovers of all ages come to­gether and en­joy a per­for­mance by chil­dren of a work writ­ten for chil­dren, a show that re­ally is for the whole fam­ily,” Ms Hack­ett said.

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

SWEPT UP: Michael As­lin, 10, will be in The Lit­tle Sweep, per­formed as part of the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic.

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