Youngsters from a top local theatre group are set to grace the stage in one of the greatest operas – Puccini’s La Boheme.

The children will perform in the 19th Centrury, Paris-set love story of a poet, Rodolfo and a seamstress, Mimi staged by Ellen Kent’s Opera International at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange. The children’s roles in the market scene with Parpignol the toy seller will be played by students from King’s Lynn Theatretrain, with some older students and parents swelling the chorus too.

Theatretrain director, Ruth McKechnie said “This is an excellent opportunity for students to become familiar with operatic works, something they might otherwise not be exposed to, and to experience working with a professional company with an excellent reputation. The set, props and costumes are always excellent, as is the standard of the performances of the cast. We have been working alongside Ellen’s company for several years now and it’s always lovely to see old friends twice a year when they visit King’s Lynn.

“We all have such fun on the night and our mums and dads enjoy being part of it too.”

Theatretrain will soon start work on their next show at London’s Royal Albert Hall in September with  artistic director and founder, Kevin Dowsett. The gala celebrates the group’s 25th anniversary.

La Boheme, Lynn Corn Exchange, Sunday, March 5. Tickets from 01553 764864 or kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

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