YOUNG musicians from Hamilton and Portland will rub shoulders with stars from ‘Wicked’ the musical, as part of the ‘Ripple Effect’ community project.
About 30 teenagers, aged between 12 and 18, have joined in the first two Ripple Effect jams in Hamilton.
The support from young musicians has been matched by that of community groups and prompted a partnership with Australia’s leading theatre company, The Gordon Frost Organisation (GFO).
GFO is responsible for the likes of Grease, Hairspray and Fame the Musical and will bring Wicked to Melbourne’s Regent theatre in May this year.
Ripple Effect music director, Paula Cutler said Hamilton and Portland participants would travel to Melbourne to watch a rehearsal and chat with the stars, in May.
“One of our objectives is to expose youth to wider network opportunities that aren’t available in regional areas,” Ms Cutler said.
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, February 8, 2014.