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Singer on quest for Hollywood

Louise Parker playing piano at the Federal Hotel in Maryborough yesterday.
Louise Parker playing piano at the Federal Hotel in Maryborough yesterday. Nat Bromhead

MUSIC lovers should not pass up a chance to say “I saw Louise Parker before she became famous”.

A Mother’s Day Concert is being held on May 8 featuring Ms Parker and several other high-quality acts in an effort to raise funds to send the Maryborough musician to Hollywood.

This July, Ms Parker will travel to the entertainment capital of the world to compete in the World Championships of Performing Arts.

The championships will feature contestants from all over the globe in categories such as vocal, dance and acting.

It is an invitation-only event, with contestants screened, selected and invited by WCOPA licensed officials in their respective countries.

The annual competition has been running for 15 years and some of the winners from 2010 included people from Russia, Haiti, Ireland and Malaysia.

Ms Parker will be singing her own songs and playing the piano and will have a chance to win scholarships valued between $1500 and $20,000.

Before she gets there, however, the Fraser Coast will have a chance to appreciate her talent at a concert at Maryborough City Hall on Mother’s Day at 2pm.

The concert will also include the Maryborough Youth Choir, a fashion parade from designer Miss Sweetheart, dancing from three separate dance studios and many more acts from local artists.

It will be a day featuring “the best of Maryborough and it will be something great to bring your mother or grandmother to”, according to Tracey Wright.

Ms Wright is the musical director of the youth choir and will be accompanying Ms Parker to the US.

The concert will cost $8 for adults, $5 for students/concession and $3 for children, with the proceeds helping Ms Parker and Ms Wright to take on the world in Hollywood.



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