Oliver gig fills singer’s bowl

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre -

SO­PRANO Lukas Stein­wan­del is “walk­ing in the air” af­ter wow­ing judges at a re­cent au­di­tion.

The teenager is one of two boys se­lected to play Oliver on al­ter­nate nights, in a seven-per­for­mance pro­duc­tion of the Charles Dick­ens clas­sic.

More than 40 as­pir­ing ac­tors au­di­tioned for the cov­eted role.

The achieve­ment fol­lows his se­lec­tion last year to sing the fa­mous song Walk­ing in the Air from The Snow­man, at the Perth Symphony Orches­tra’s Christ­mas Concert.

Coached by ac­claimed opera singer Penny Reynolds, Stein­wan­del se­cured a place at the spe­cial­ist arts school John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts, in Fre­man­tle.

His mother Anke said Lukas was al­ways singing as a young child but when he reached the age of seven, some­one no­ticed his tal­ent.

“As par­ents, you don’t see your child as oth­ers do and we were en­cour­aged to give him singing lessons,” she said. “He started vi­o­lin lessons when he was three years old; his heart has al­ways been in mu­sic.”

Week­end and twice-weekly re­hearsals for the ICW pro­duc­tion of Oliver be­gan two months ago at The Stage Door Theatre School in Su­bi­aco.

Lukas said he was ex­cited to be learn­ing to act and sing on stage.

He most re­cently per­formed at the Perth Concert Hall in Opus 2016.

Oliver will run at the Joy Shep­herd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, in St Hilda’s Angli­can School, Mos­man Park from Au­gust 20 to 27. Evening shows start at 7pm.

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Lukas Stein­wan­del has been se­lected to play Oliver.

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