Jester adds own laughs to Cinderella



LAURA-ROSE Lynch is having the time of her life preparing for her part as the jester in her first musical production.

The talented 15-year-old The Cathedral College student joined the Rockhampton Musical Union Youth Choir earlier this year and is excited about performing in Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

"My friend Natalie told me to come along and I'm really glad I did because it's so much fun and I've met so many new people,'' LauraRose said.

Laura-Rose's part of the Jester was added by director Joy Philippi.

And Laura-Rose got to write the script for her part. "Joy came up with the idea to get the audience involved and we discussed it and I went away and wrote my lines and she really liked it,'' Laura-Rose said.

"The jester is a character to entertain the audience between scene changes and get the audience involved with applause and boos and hisses to lighten the mood.''

Laura-Rose will also be joined in the production by her two younger siblings Gabriella, 13 and Adrian, 11 who play the part of townspeople.

"My grandma said she will come to every show and mum has made sure all our aunties and uncles and cousins will be there too,'' LauraRose said.

About 85 children between the ages of six and 18 have been rehearsing for the past six weeks in preparation for opening tomorrow night.

The Rockhampton Musical Union Youth Choir will perform Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella from tomorrow to Sunday at the Pilbeam Theatre, with night-time and matinee performances.

Children attending the show are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Cinderella character. Tickets are on sale now at the Pilbeam Theatre box office.



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