Local singers will take to the Moncrieff stage on Saturday night to perform as part of the Women in Voice cabaret show, which will feature a blend of some of the region’s most loved singers as well as members of the Brisbane cast.
A line-up of fresh young talent and audience favourites is guaranteed to provide a uniquely entertaining night out with performers including:
- Isabella Beutel
- Hannah Grondin
- Sophie Banister
- Mel Lathouras
- Sam Maddison
Isabella Beutel, who has been performing since she was five years old, has returned to Bundaberg after moving away to study a Bachelor of Performing Arts.
Now looking forward to her first professional performance, she said she had loved being involved in a show to perform in the region.
“I was asked to take part by Di Wills who was involved in the project, and I said yes as it sounded great,” Isabella said.
“I have just come back to Bundaberg after completing a Performing Arts Degree and I am really looking forward to this show as it is my first professional gig.
“I saw it here when it came in 2016 and it is a really great cabaret show to come to Bundaberg.”
Isabella said the project had been very collaborative, with performers being given control over the direction.
“It is a really collaborative project, and it is great because a lot of control is given to the performers, you get to make decisions over the set and the songs you are doing which is unusual for performing,” she said.
“It is unusual for you to have that much control which is great, and it is kind of the whole point of it, it is women doing what they want to do on stage.
“There are some amazing performers, with two coming up from Brisbane and one from Hervey bay and Mel Lathouras who is also from Bundaberg, and it is just going to be an amazing variety of sets and music that people love, and music people may not have heard before.”
Lewis Jones, Producer of Women In Voice, said the program started in Brisbane but is excited to be expanding to help support artists in regional areas throughout Queensland.
“Women In Voice started in 1993 in the Sitting Duck Cafe in West End as an opportunity for female artists to sing the songs they wanted to sing because they had limited opportunities, and we are now in our 29th year,” Lewis said.
“Some of our alumni include Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, and Christine, but it has been a mainstay for female singers for the last three decades.
“Over the last couple of years, we have been exploring how to expand that into the region as ideally, we would like to provide more work opportunities for regional and Brisbane artists so audiences get an eclectic mix of styles.”
Lewis said the show is an ensemble show and while there are individual performances, everyone supports each other with backing vocals and a four-piece band.
“We have our audiences coming back every year not knowing what they are going to get but knowing that they were going to really enjoy it,” he said.
Women in Voice will be showcased at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre on Saturday 16 July at 7.30 pm.
Tickets for the event are available here.
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