Grade 5 Students Ready for Royal Theatre


In just under two weeks, our Junior School will debut its production of the Rossini opera The Barber of Seville at the Royal Theatre. Mr. Duncan Frater – who is the conductor, writer and director for the production – has adapted the opera into English and fleshed out some of the quick plot turns, to help both his young cast and their audience make sense of the 19th-century story. The Barber of Seville is follows the escapades of a prominent count who dons different disguises in an attempt to woo a beautiful girl, despite interference from the local doctor, who is the girl’s guardian.

The SMUS show has already been endorsed by opera aficionados like Jane Heffelfinger, OBC, and Pacific Opera Victoria’s Artistic Director Timothy Vernon. “These wonderful students bring us opera in a fresh and moving way,” says Mr. Vernon. “They prove with resounding finality that opera is for everyone!”

by Mattia and Elise, Grade 5

The Grade 5 students are doing an upcoming opera, The Barber of Seville. We are enjoying every part of the process in the rehearsals. We are all working very hard, memorizing our lines and songs. Practicing with the set and choir teacher, Mr. Frater, has been very enjoyable for every actor, main or small. Everyone is having fun no matter how big their role is. Mr. Frater is working very hard to make all of this happen. We thank all our teachers, our piano player, Mr. Frater, the conductor, the costume designers and set designers for making this all possible.

The Barber of Seville
June 2 & 3 at 7 pm
Royal Theatre
Tickets: $24 adult; $19 students

Check out the progress of Mr. Duncan Frater and his cast, from auditions to rehearsals:

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