Train of talent pulls up at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange

Dancers from the King's Lynn Theatretain group in costume ready to perform in Madame Butterfly with the Opera International at King's Lynn Corn Exchange. ANL-141030-090730009
Dancers from the King's Lynn Theatretain group in costume ready to perform in Madame Butterfly with the Opera International at King's Lynn Corn Exchange. ANL-141030-090730009
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Youngsters from Lynn’s Theatretrain once again joined forces with Opera International in their production of one of Puccini’s most popular and moving operas, Madame Butterfly.

Students took up roles as geisha girls and samurais, while one lucky lad, Jimmy Ashton, was given the part of Sorrow – the child of Madame Butterfly and American naval officer Pinkerton.

Theatretrain centre director, Ruth McKechnie, said: “It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience being part of a professional production and to get to find our more about opera.

“Jimmy, who is one of our new group, Theatretrain Minis, was extremely excited to make his stage debut at just five years old. He is a natural performer and did exactly as directed whilst on stage for most of the second act.”

Ruth added: “His mum and I were so proud to watch him perform fearlessly amongst the professional opera singers. He loved the music and was completely absorbed by the whole experience.

“And he loved when the audience showed their appreciation when he took his final bow. We could have an opera star of the future in the making.”

The performance took place last Wednesday at Lynn’s Corn Exchange.

Youngsters aged three to 18 years old who wish to take part in Theatretrain classes at Springwood High School on Saturdays, should contact Ruth on 01223 246464 or email kingslynn@theatretrain.co.uk

Ruth said: “The new aged four to six years Minis class and our free Tinies class for three year olds are starting in early November.

“This year, Theatretrain has also teamed up with Goldmans Agency and many students will be going down to London this half term to audition to be represented by Goldmans, and to be on Spotlight, the national performers register. A brilliant new opportunity for our kids.”