Crystal Newman was the first to audition for Project Puccini in Maryborough.
Crystal Newman was the first to audition for Project Puccini in Maryborough. Robyne Cuerel

Locals in limelight at OperaQ's La boheme auditions

MARYBOROUGH singer Crystal Newman has auditioned for the production of La boheme at the Brolga Theatre in August.

She said she decided to audition because it sounded really cool and it was free learning.

"I've never had any training, but I did Pirates of Penzance in Maryborough recently," Ms Newman said.

"I started singing when I was 19 years old - 16 years ago.

"This is a good opportunity to be able to learn something new and I like the idea of using locals to mix with professionals."

Ms Newman said she was going to sing something from the Pirates but chose Once Upon A Dream from Jekyll and Hyde for her audition piece.

Successful chorus members will take part in a 10-week development program before performing on August 20.

The project will result in 36 adults and 12 children on the Fraser Coast singing and acting alongside OperaQ's principal artists and Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians.

Assistant director Jason Barry-Smith said OperaQ had been bringing small productions to regional towns for 25 years.

"This is a wonderful experience for us and those who become involved in this process," he said.

"It's a totally new production - the romance of Paris - beautiful costumes and amazing sets."

What's it about?

  • Known as the most romantic opera of all time, La boheme appeals to devotees and newcomers alike
  • Beginning on a snowy Christmas Eve in Paris, it tells the tale of Mimi's love affair with the poet Rodolfo and their group of rent-dodging flatmates living and loving precariously on the edge of society
  • Puccini's opera will be brought to life by award-winning theatre director Craig Ilott and internationally acclaimed designer Penny Challen


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