Drama students take roles in Corn Exchange opera

Theatretrain students in costume for their roles in Carmen at King's Lynn Corn Exchange. Photo: MLNF15PM10165

Theatretrain students in costume for their roles in Carmen at King's Lynn Corn Exchange. Photo: MLNF15PM10165

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Students from King’s Lynn Theatretrain took on roles as soldiers, bullfighters, gypsies and smugglers in a production of Carmen at Lynn Corn Exchange on Friday.

Opera International (formally Ellen Kent Opera) again wowed a packed audience with this new production of Georges Bizet’s best known opera.

Sung in French and set outside a tobacco factory in Seville, southern Spain, the story centres around the love life of the red blooded, beautiful temptress, Carmen.

Bizet’s passionate music is well loved and familiar to all, and audience members were moved to tears at the final tragic ending of the lives of Carmen and her lover Jose.

Regular visitors to the Lynn venue, the company gave their usual professional execution of the piece, with a beautiful and grand set to enhance the production. Members of King’s Lynn Theatretrain provided supporting artistes and the children’s chorus.

Centre director Ruth McKechnie said: “Our children are always keen to get involved in these operas, they have lots of fun taking part, and it’s a great chance to expose them to classical music and widen their musical tastes. Apart from being a great experience to perform alongside a professional touring company of course!

“We look forward to their next production in Lynn which will be one of Puccini’s finest – Tosca – in the spring.”

Anyone wishing to get involved with Theatretrain should contact Ruth on 07810 825062 or kingslynn@theatretrain.co.uk. Classes in performing arts take place at Springwood High School on Saturday mornings.

Opera International (formally Ellen Kent Opera) again wowed a packed audience with this new production of Georges Bizet’s best known opera.

Sung in French and set outside a tobacco factory in Seville, southern Spain, the story centres around the love life of the red blooded, beautiful temptress, Carmen.

Bizet’s passionate music is well loved and familiar to all, and audience members were moved to tears at the final tragic ending of the lives of Carmen and her lover Jose.

Regular visitors to the Lynn venue, the company gave their usual professional execution of the piece, with a beautiful and grand set to enhance the production. Members of King’s Lynn Theatretrain provided supporting artistes and the children’s chorus.

Centre director Ruth McKechnie said: “Our children are always keen to get involved in these operas, they have lots of fun taking part, and it’s a great chance to expose them to classical music and widen their musical tastes. Apart from being a great experience to perform alongside a professional touring company of course!

“We look forward to their next production in Lynn which will be one of Puccini’s finest – Tosca – in the spring.”

Anyone wishing to get involved with Theatretrain should contact Ruth on 07810 825062 or kingslynn@theatretrain.co.uk. Classes in performing arts take place at Springwood High School on Saturday mornings.