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This Au­gust, 21 Toowoomba lo­cals will be per­form­ing at the Em­pire Theatre as part of the cho­rus for Gil­bert & Sul­li­van’s Rud­dig­ore, or the Witch’s Curse!

As part of Opera Queens­land’s 2018 com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive, Project G&S, au­di­tions were held all over re­gional Queens­land, with more than 8,000 km cov­ered by the Opera Queens­land team.

In the end, 10 lo­cal men and 11 lo­cal women were se­lected to take part in the Toowoomba per­for­mance at Em­pire Theatre.

“This year’s cho­ruses are made up of in­di­vid­u­als from vast back­grounds; from a ma­rine an­i­mal trainer at Sea World, to speech pathol­o­gists, mo­tor­bike-rid­ing psy­chol­o­gists, teach­ers and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists”, said Opera Queens­land’s Head of Learn­ing, Re­gional and Com­mu­nity, Mark Tay­lor.

Over an eight week pe­riod, the lucky 21 took part in a free train­ing pro­gram and pol­ished their skills in prepa­ra­tion for the big night.

They will be per­form­ing along­side pop­u­lar Aus­tralian theatre and opera stars, in­clud­ing Bryan Pro­bets, Chris­tine John­ston, and Natalie Christie Peluso.

In Rud­dig­ore, or the Witch’s Curse!, fol­low the hi­lar­i­ously en­ter­tain­ing tale of Robin Oakap­ple, a shy farmer in a sea­side vil­lage wish­ing to marry the en­chant­ing Rose May­bud.

This gothic hor­ror story takes a dark turn when Robin’s ter­ri­ble se­cret is re­vealed: he is cursed!

If he doesn’t com­mit a das­tardly crime ev­ery day, he will suf­fer a tor­tur­ous death.

Hav­ing es­caped his fate thus far by liv­ing in dis­guise, he has lived a law-abid­ing and vir­tu­ous life. Now his iden­tity has been re­vealed, he is bound to obey his fam­ily’s curse.

In a vil­lage lit­tered with brides­maids, where good and evil goes hand-in-hand and gal­leries come alive, en­ter­tain­ment will not be in short sup­ply.

Bring the fam­ily and stay for the fi­nal cur­tain call, in cel­e­bra­tion of lo­cal tal­ent and great theatre.

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