Excitement is building in Parkes as tickets for the enormous celebration of musical theatre and opera at the Cooke Park Pavilion went on sale this week.
The major inaugural event called Overture will feature some of Australia’s favourite musical theatre performers on Saturday, 2nd April next year.
Headlining the impressive event will be Lucy Durack, one of Australia’s leading stars of the stage and screen, and the dynamic Josh Piterman, who has graced the stage in lead roles in both Australia and the West End in London.
Josh will be starring as The Phantom in the upcoming Opera Australia production of The Phantom of the Opera at the Sydney Opera House in mid-2022 onwards.
Lucy and Josh will be supported by other well-known performers including Central West’s own Jarrod Draper, who is currently starring in Moulin Rouge, and Billie Palin as well as other local and regional talent.
Tourism and Major Events Specialist Cathy Treasure said: “We are thrilled to be hosting an event of this calibre in our brand new pavilion. An event of this size with this breadth of talent is an incredible coup for Parkes. It will help position Parkes as the new cultural centre of regional NSW and we can’t wait to welcome visitors to the region to enjoy this calibre of entertainment.”
Overture will also give local students the opportunity to work and perform alongside the stars, and will include a massed choir of 150 choristers, featuring children and adults from across the Central West.
Music Director Nicholas Gentile will be conducting a 40-piece orchestra made up of professional and student musicians to ensure a truly unforgettable evening.
Visit www.visitparkes.com.au for tickets.