Diva shares her story
Singer and actress Helen Medlyn will be putting her life on stage this month when she regales audiences with the tale of how she got into show business.
Operatunity’s Evening Concert Hell on Wheels will feature Ms Medlyn’s long-time collaborator Penny Dodd on piano.
They will perform at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre in Epsom at 7.30pm on May 11.
Hell on Wheels tells the story of how a butcher’s daughter from Cornwall came to be one of New Zealand’s most-loved divas.
Ms Medlyn will share all the fun, failures, fumbles and frivolity from her years of treading the boards.
The show features a mix of opera, jazz, musical theatre and comedy.
Ms Medlyn is a self-described ‘‘Jill of all trades’’ and has been a jazz chanteuse, a dancer, an actress, a musical theatre performer, a narrator, a classical concert singer, a voice-over artiste, an opera diva and a cabaret entertainer.
Penny Dodd is another artist with many strings to her bow.
She cut her musical teeth as musical director and pianist for many leading shows on London’s West End and returned to New Zealand to find herself in constant demand as an orchestral arranger, conductor, vocal coach and accompanist, as well as being sought after as the music director and conductor for top national and international entertainers.
She is now known and respected as one of New Zealand’s leading music directors working in all fields of the performing arts – theatre, opera, radio, television, cabaret and concert.
Tour director John Cameron says: ‘‘We are absolutely delighted to present such a talented, warm, vibrant singer on this nationwide tour, an artist of international cal- ibre and charm who I know audiences will simply fall in love with.’’
The Evening Concert Series is presented by Operatunity, a company which presents more than 250 concerts each year in 24 venues throughout New Zealand.
Tickets cost $45 with concessions and group bookings available.
Phone 0508 266 237, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to operatunity.co.nz for details.
On stage: Singer and actress Helen Medlyn is performing in Hell on Wheels this month.