KIRWAN KID AN ANZAC SONG STAR
ZAC Parkes could be Townsville’s answer to Hugh Jackman, but first he’ll be on stage in special Anzac centenary concerts tonight and tomorrow.
The 18- year- old singer will perform alongside Germany’s Saxon Wind Philharmonic, choral singers, a community band and the 1RAR band as part of the free concert series.
The former Kirwan State High School student was recommended for the role and he said it was an honour to be involved. “Especially for a Townsville kid, being in something like this is pretty special,” he said.
Parkes hopes to go into musical theatre and has been using his gap year to hone his skills, even taking dance lessons. He was in Legally Blonde and is now rehearsing for the lead role in Saturday Night Theatre.
The One Hundred and One Years concert series is presented by the Queensland Music Festival, showcasing music from the last century in a musical narrative. Music will be accompanied by archival footage and readings of local veterans’ letters.
QMF artistic director and renowned trumpeter James Morrison said the performances had been months in the making.
The concerts will take place at Jezzine Barracks from 6.30pm tonight and tomorrow.