singers and dancers to star in Somerset opera
and dancers from Burnham-On-Sea will be taking part in a specially
commissioned opera in Somerset later this month.
singers Lewis Coleman, Mary Crowe, Kate Gibson, Fran Bowkett and
Julian Plested are making final preparations for performances
of 'Eleanor Vale', which will take place near Wedmore on 11th,
13th and 14th July.
opera is a thriller set in a Somerset village at the turn of the
last century, with Somerset-born professional singer Sarah Minns
playing the mysterious and alluring principal character of Eleanor.
talent is also well represented: well-known local contralto Francesca
Bowkett will take the part of Dorothy, with Lewis Coleman, Mary
Crowe, Kate Gibson and Julian Plested joining the chorus.
two local dancers are also involved in the project: Hayley Barker,
a graduate of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Ceri
Plested, currently studying for a degree in Dance at the University
of Wales in Cardiff, were approached by director Marylin Johnstone
to be the operas choreographers.
Plested, who plays the part of a farm labourer and cider maker,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This will be a completely unique
experience and an evening to remember. The story is exciting,
the characters are vivid and attractive and the music tuneful
and accessible. Its a far cry from the stuffy and posh image
of opera and I urge people to give it a try. I dont believe
they will be disappointed!"
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Burnham singers Lewis Coleman, Mary Crowe, Kate Gibson, Fran Bowkett
and Julian Plested prepare for a rehearsal of Eleanor Vale; and
choreographers Hayley Barker (left) and Ceri Plested (right) put
chorus members through their paces