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Shining Isle Rock Opera

Shining Isle Rock OperaFrom the producers of the sell-out season of Rent comes the locally written production of Shining Isle to rock the Civic Playhouse in October.

Using the energy of a live rock show, and the sentiments of an opera, the Shining Isle is an action, adventure, and love story about the battle between the forces of creation and destruction. From local writers Gareth Hudson (from The Good) and Nick Higginbotham, the musical shows a collision between the normally invisible world of the gods and the lives of today’s Newcastle teenagers.

The Shining Isle story was inspired by the living legends of Navajo, Hawaiian and Aboriginal people. In the rock opera, the creation ancestors of these three human families face the challenge of an ancient evil creature, Baba, who has broken free from 10,000 years of imprisonment in the underworld. They join forces to stop Baba’s rampage and his plans for Adenah, who is unaware of her heritage as the last Ghan maiden and her status as Baba’s chosen mate. The ancestors’ ageless love for humankind forces their reappearance in our world—but can they prevail this time?

Shining Isle stars Heather Barnes (The Good) and Adam Price (Cotton Sidewalk) as the local teenagers and Jenny Barnes (Opera Australia-Madame Butterfly) and Allon Silove (Adventures of Grubble) heading the world of the Gods. The production also features Peter Bird (Aroldytes Revenge), Paul Chegwidden (Oklohoma), Ron Haryanto, Marissa Saroca (Rent), Iolanda Merillo (Don Giovanni), Nathan Faulkner (Childern of Eden), Julie Wilson, Bernadette Lannen (Erin), and Luke Price and a strong cast of ensemble.

Presented by JJK Productions, Shining Isle is directed by Jason King (Rent and Children of Eden) and musically directed by composer Gareth Hudson.

Shining Isle opens with a preview performance on Wednesday 11th October at 8pm, with opening night Friday 13th October 8pm.

Performances then run:

  • Sat 14 Oct 8pm
  • Sun 15 Oct 2pm
  • Tue 17 Oct 8pm
  • Thu 19 Oct 8pm
  • Sat 20 Oct 2pm and 8pm.

Tickets can be bought from Ticketek.

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Posted on October 9th, 2006 in Events

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