Students on stage for La Traviata at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange

Students from King's Lynn Theatretrain performing on stage at the Corn Exchange, alongside Opera International, in their production of La Traviata
Students from King's Lynn Theatretrain performing on stage at the Corn Exchange, alongside Opera International, in their production of La Traviata
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Theatretrain students were delighted to be invited to take part in a production of La Traviata at Lynn Corn Exchange last Wednesday.

Centre director Ruth McKechnie said: “Our students always love to perform with our old friends from Opera International as it is a great opportunity for them to work alongside professional performers, and to experience a different genre of theatre.

“They had minimal rehearsal just before the show and had to use their improvisation skills to join in the action on stage.

“On this occasion our youngest actor, Skye Garnett aged nine, had a small cameo role delivering a letter – she was very excited in the wings beforehand and did herself proud.

“Hopefully we now have some young opera converts!

“Everyone has a fantastic night, acting and dancing to the wonderful music of Verdi’s fateful love story about a French courtesan, Violetta, who fell in love with the penniless Alfredo, and whose life finally ended in a tragic death from consumption.”

The film Moulin Rouge was based on this story, a real tear jerker.

The Corn Exchange audience was treated to the familiar opening drinking song “Brindisi” and the beautiful duet “Parigi o cara” in act three, just before her sad death.

Theatretrain provides professional training for young people on Saturday mornings at Lynn’s Springwood High School.

They are currently starting rehearsals for their next show “How to Make a Hero” to be staged at the Royal Albert Hall in September.

Anyone wishing to take part should contact Ruth on 01223 24646 or email kingslynn@theatretrain.co.uk