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IN PICTURES: Fairy Queen brings UWA orchestra, opera and Shakespeare to the Albany Entertainment Centre

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Shantell Anderton, Maddison Ramsay, 8, Mischa Stanley, 13, and Amy Stanley.
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Audiences were whisked away on a magical aquatic adventure on Saturday during two debut performances of Fairy Queen, the latest production by local arts organisation Breaksea.

Local talent shone in an ocean-themed reimagining of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the classic tale transported to a seaside town.

Sopranos Pia Harris as fairy queen Titania and Sara Macliver as Siren, wowed the audience with their vocals.

They were accompanied by live classical music by the University of WA’s Conservatorium of Music Chamber Orchestra, led by Shaun Lee-Chen.

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Albany’s Jarrad Inman, Rachael Colmer and Imogen Taylor were some of the local cast, which also featured Jarred Wall, Maree Cole and Tadhg Lawrence, who stole the show with his cheeky version of Bottom.

Shadow puppetry projected above the stage, created in partnership with Sue Codee, Jane Davis and Sanjiva, helped tell the tale.

The production was directed by Breaksea’s Matt Ward, choreographed by Scott Elstermann, and conducted by Alan Lourens.

Fairy Queen director Matt Ward, Mayor Dennis Wellington, choreographer Scott Elstermann and Abbie Pedersen.
Camera IconFairy Queen director Matt Ward, Mayor Dennis Wellington, choreographer Scott Elstermann and Abbie Pedersen. Credit: Kasey Gratton
Hayley, Katie and Jude Hartzell with Margaret Phipps.
Camera IconHayley, Katie and Jude Hartzell with Margaret Phipps. Credit: Kasey Gratton
Eileen and Zahra Wheeler.
Camera IconEileen and Zahra Wheeler. Credit: Kasey Gratton
Matilda Weaver and Ruth McConigley .
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Mim Ward and Dana Charles.
Camera IconMim Ward and Dana Charles. Credit: Kasey Gratton
Donna Markovic, Cathy Rainey and Lozz and Katy Mitchell.
Camera IconDonna Markovic, Cathy Rainey and Lozz and Katy Mitchell. Credit: Kasey Gratton
Geoffrey Fairclough and Linda Hill.
Camera IconGeoffrey Fairclough and Linda Hill. Credit: Kasey Gratton
Imogen Van Vurgel and Sarah McConigley .
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Miranda Miller and Janey and Rudei Glauser .
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William, 13, and Gabriella Schupp, 8, and Vivienne Davis .
Camera IconWilliam, 13, and Gabriella Schupp, 8, and Vivienne Davis . Credit: Kasey Gratton
Eddie and Barbara Anderson and Anne-Marie Anderson-Mayes.
Camera IconEddie and Barbara Anderson and Anne-Marie Anderson-Mayes. Credit: Kasey Gratton
Heather Nichols, Avril Steyl and Nunny Cloose.
Camera IconHeather Nichols, Avril Steyl and Nunny Cloose. Credit: Kasey Gratton
Shantell Anderton, Maddison Ramsay, 8, Mischa Stanley, 13, and Amy Stanley.
Camera IconShantell Anderton, Maddison Ramsay, 8, Mischa Stanley, 13, and Amy Stanley. Credit: Kasey Gratton
Anne Marie Hall, Karen Condon and Beth Wallace.
Camera IconAnne Marie Hall, Karen Condon and Beth Wallace. Credit: Kasey Gratton

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