Fes­tive fam­ily af­fair at Clink

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Gizelle Ghidella

CHRISTMAS at the Clink will be a fam­ily af­fair this year.

Renowned oper­atic mezzo so­prano Alteouise DeVaughn will share her fam­ily’s Christmas tra­di­tions at a spe­cial Christmas per­for­mance on De­cem­ber 23.

“For our fam­ily, when we get to­gether dur­ing Christmas, some­body plays the pi­ano and ev­ery­body gets up and per­forms,” Ms DeVaughn said.

“We come from a fam­ily of mu­si­cians. Where I’m from, we would go Christmas car­olling to our neigh­bours and pick up peo­ple along the way. We will con­tinue that in the Clink.”

It’s an ex­tra spe­cial per­for­mance for Ms DeVaughn as her fam­ily will play part in the show. Her son, Justin Austin and his wife Amanda, who are both pro­fes­sional opera singers, will take part.

“They’re giv­ing up their time on the hol­i­day to share their tal­ent,” she said.

“Since they’re vis­it­ing for Christmas I thought I’d share him with Port Dou­glas.

“We’ll have a nice quar­tet with beau­ti­ful har­monies.

“You’ll hear your favourite Christmas car­ols and some ar­range­ments in a dif­fer­ent way, along with some opera and mu­si­cal the­atre. It’s very tra­di­tional, so we’re go­ing to have very beau­ti­ful old fash­ioned Christmas car­ols that ev­ery­one can sing along to.”

Other spe­cial guests in­clude vi­o­lin­ist Kirt­ley Leigh, the Com­bined Choir and tenor vo­cal­ist Ben­jamin Stock from Cairns. The per­for­mance in­cludes in­cred­i­ble lo­cal tal­ent.

“I love the way this com­mu­nity comes to­gether, there’s room for ev­ery­one when it comes to mu­sic,” Ms DeVaughn said.

“If you want to cel­e­brate Christmas with mu­sic, have fun, meet some new friends and old friends come to the Clink. It's a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic and fun and it’s a great way to bring in Christmas.”

Ms DeVaughn praised the Clink for be­ing the per­fect av­enue to share the arts for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike.

“Some peo­ple come up here on hol­i­day and they would do a show at the Clink,” Ms DeVaughn said.

“It’s just won­der­ful.”

Christmas at the Clink, 2pm Sun­day, De­cem­ber 23. Book tick­ets at www.clink­the­atre.com.au.

Where I’m from, we would go Christmas car­olling to our neigh­bours and pick up peo­ple along the way, we we’ll con­tinue that in the Clink.

ALTEOUISE DeVAUGHN

Alteouise DeVaughn will share her fam­ily’s fes­tive tra­di­tions at this year’s Christmas at the Clink.

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