End of term 2 approaches!

This term has been huge for many Plainsong students. Will and Felix performed with the Australian Opera’s Brisbane season of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I thought they were stunning. I saw the performance on Saturday and all the children were wonderful. The opera is delightful and I actually think the opera improves on the original, if I can be forgiven for taking Shakespeare’s name in vain! The Baz Lurhmann production actually adds to the magic and I thought the whole shebang was beautiful. The soloists, including the sublime Lorina Gore, Tobias Cole, Jane Ede, and ALL the others were splendid.

Rhiannon has been performing Kate Monster in Brisbane Arts Theatre’s production of Avenue Q and she was an absolute standout. Sang like a charm and looked like a proper puppeteer, and her connection to her puppet was wonderful to see. The production itself is pretty great, actually, with good direction and some fine cast members. In other great news about Rhiannon, she has also bagged the role of Anne in Urinetown, which will show at the Shonell Theatre later this year. She is really on a roll and on her way to being a professional performer.

For Kiara and Riley, they were in the finals of the Crackerjack Carnival performing comp and they were fantastic. While they didn’t win, you can certainly see their talent on the following Youtube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlEWvITnpzY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

In term 3 we have a few comps coming up for some of our younger performers – I like Eisteddfods as a way of honing performance skills, and while I never expect our students to win, it’s great to get some good results to encourage our students to continue.

In the meantime, I hope you all have a lovely holiday in the June school holidays. The studio will be in hiatus until late July. Lessons resume July 24.

About Jessica

Dr Jessica O'Bryan PhD is an educator, researcher, singer and author. Her next book on Musical Theatre Education and Training will be published in 2020 through Routledge. Her last book was Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (2014, Springer). She lives in Brisbane in a semi-renovated 20s Queenslander home with her husband, Dougal the Groodle, and all the single ladies (Poppy the Groodle, Lucy the Cat, and the chooks).
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