Toowoomba singers had the chance to shine on Monday and Tuesday this week when Opera Queensland held auditions for it’s community chorus for the star-studded production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore to be performed on the Empire Theatre stage on August 23.
Known as Project G&S, the community chorus program allows 10 men and 10 women to sing and dance on stage in Ruddigore alongside the principal artists for the Empire Theatre performance.
Successful singers take part in the development program over eight weeks of rehearsals, honing their singing, dancing, and stagecraft skills with a local chorus master Arthur Johnson and assistant director Sean Andrews.
With chorus ladies frocked up as bridesmaids and gentlemen donning cricket whites, successful auditionees will sing alongside Ruddigore’s impressive cast including stage and screen actor Bryan Probets, multi-talented Kransky sister Christine Johnston, effervescent soprano Natalie Christie Peluso and Helpmann award-winner Kanen Breen.
Opera Queensland’s Manager of Open Stage, Mark Taylor, said he couldn’t wait for Project G&S to transform the lives of more Queenslanders.
“The past two community projects we toured across Queensland were honestly jaw-dropping experiences. The amount of talent we continue to find through our regional initiatives such as Project G&S is inspiring,” said Mr Taylor.
Ruddigore, or the Witch's Curse! enjoyed a successful Brisbane season in 2017 at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and tells the story of the shy and law-abiding, gentleman farmer Robin Oakapple who is working up the courage to ask the beautiful Rose Maybud to marry him. But he has a dark secret; he is the heir to a terrible curse befalling all Baronets of Ruddigore and has been living in disguise to escape his fate. When the truth is discovered, Robin is bound to obey the family curse that dictates he must commit a dastardly crime every day – or face a torturous death.
Lindy Hume’s irreverent, fast-paced direction and Richard Roberts’ sepia-toned Victoriana-inspired designs promise a fun night out of madness and mayhem.
For more information or to book for either of these workshops, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au