MOZART UNDER FIRE
IT is rare that a choir does something so annoying its members get accosted at gunpoint, but that’s what happens in the Melville Theatre’s latest production The Mozart Faction.
East Fremantle’s Elouise Martin plays a member of small suburban choir the Cantus Formosus, whose singing so incenses the man who lives next door that he storms into their rehearsal with a gun and demands silence.
Their captor then forces each member of the choir to look death in the eye, something Martin said would bring out a range of different reactions, including from her character, Sophie.
“She keeps to herself for most of the play and is quite highly strung; her choral works have been rejected for many years which has lowered her self-esteem, but she’s a very talented singer nonetheless,” she said.
“At one point in the play she breaks out of her shell and, despite what everyone says, leads the choir in singing the Lacrimosa which showcases her inner desire to help others, along with her talent.
“Sophie gets really worked up and has outbursts of crying.”
The Mozart Faction is at the Melville Theatre from April 8 to 22. Tickets start from $15 and are available from www.meltheco.org.au.
Choir members Evie (Victoria Dixon) and Sophie (Elouise Martin) in The Mozart Faction.