MOZART UN­DER FIRE

Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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