Festival Statesmen

Festival Statesmen
Type of post: Club news
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Posted By: Dick Bushell
Status: Current
Date Posted: Mon, 24 Apr 2017
Pretty Boys might well be the riskiest thing we’ve ever attempted as an ensemble. Getting 20 young men (many of whom had never acted before) to perform taxing choreography, make audiences laugh with their stage presence and line delivery and then sprint backstage to undergo some extremely quick costume changes just so they can turn around and do it all again is no mean feat, let alone asking them to keep it up for an hour. So many things could have gone wrong, and yet the results speak for themselves. 5 star reviews, a sold out season of 6 shows, around 1000 people through the door all cheering, laughing, whooping and giving standing ovations night after night. We are so proud of the show, the skills we were able to foster in our members, and the leadership shown by Mitre Khammash in directing the show, writing the screenplay, and all the organising work he put in behind the scenes.

But there’s no rest for the wicked (as they say) and now we’re full swing into preparing for the next big thing for the Statesmen, and boy is it a doozey! We’re proud to announce that we’ve been invited to headline the Australian National Choral Association’s Choralfest 2017 and the Pemulwuy Male Voices Festival! We’re so psyched to head back to Brisbane for this in June and we’re keen to show these new audiences everything we’re capable of from barbershop to classical to contemporary. We’re pulling out all the stops in the lead up to this, bringing in guest coaches, commissioning some really exciting new works, and bringing all that we’ve learned to bear on putting a new spin on some old favourites as well. If you happen to be in Brisbane for the festival make sure you don’t miss out!

James Moffatt