Young stars ready to shine in opera
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.
SWEPT UP: Michael Aslin, 10, will be in The Little Sweep, performed as part of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.