Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

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.

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