Opera insights for King’s Lynn Theatretrain students

TheatreTrain students in the foreground before going on stage in La Boheme at King's Lynn Corn Exchange; on the left is Clare Harris with Kit and behind are some of the adult extras. Photo by Paul Marsh MLNF17PM03077
TheatreTrain students in the foreground before going on stage in La Boheme at King's Lynn Corn Exchange; on the left is Clare Harris with Kit and behind are some of the adult extras. Photo by Paul Marsh MLNF17PM03077
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Students from King’s Lynn Theatretrain were given an insight into a full-scale opera production at Lynn Corn Exchange on Sunday.

They were taking part in Puccini’s ever-popular La Boheme, an Ellen Kent production staged by Opera & Ballet International.

Ruth McKechnie, the Theatretrain centre director, said: “Everyone had a fun evening – adult extras and children alike.

“Ellen Kent herself turned up to be involved in the final rehearsal so it was very interesting for the students to hear all my usual pre-show advice reiterated by the lady herself! And they were surprised to hear the professionals get a drilling too – an excellent experience all round.

“Four of the little girls had to do some additional solo scenes, so they were really excited about that, and everyone loved the little dog, Kit, of course!

“I think he was a bit overwhelmed by all the attention but was impeccably behaved despite the crowded stage and operatic voices. I can imagine he slept well.”

As reported in the Lynn News, there was a special appearance of Kit, a King Charles Spaniel, as Musetta’s pet dog.

Kit is owned by Simon and Clare Harris, of Clenchwarton, with Clare taking the role of Musetta’s maid while Simon was in the audience.

He said: “Kit behaved himself brilliantly especially when he allowed himself to be carried by Musetta and he was well received by the audience. Kit could have taken a bow at the end of the show, but by then he was finding it hot under the stage lights.”