Southside kids hit the stage with Scottish Opera

Greta Lawson (left) and Lily Overton
Greta Lawson (left) and Lily Overton

Scottish Opera’s hit production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, directed by the great British baritone Sir Thomas Allen, opens the Company’s 16/17 season in October at Theatre Royal Glasgow.

And, it sees the addition of local southside kids in the cast which will tour Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh, and in January 2017 will travel to the Empire Theatre in Liverpool.

Greta Lawson and Lily Overton (both aged 9) who attend Netherlee Primary School and Julia Hunter (10), who attends Shawlands Primary all have background roles in the production.

Julia takes part in Glasgow’s Voice Factory, a choir made up of young performing talent from all over the city. Starring in The Marriage of Figaro marks her first time in a major stage production.

Julia said: “I am really looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere of the opera. When I heard about the auditions for The Marriage of Figaro I told my parents I was interested in taking part in something like this. I was so happy to make it through the auditions!”

Julia’s mum Elaine added: “We took Julia to Opera Unwrapped at Scottish Opera when she was younger, as we weren’t sure our kids would be able to sit through a whole performance so this was a great way of getting them interested in it. Julia is going to feature in Act I and Act III of Figaro, I believe, so will get a really good taste of what it’s like to be in alarge production.”

Lily, who loves music and plays the piano and violin, also sings in one of the children’s choirs attached to the RSNO and takes ballet, modern and tap classes. Her mum Tanya said: “Lily is loving rehearsals so far, although she finds acting as a ghost in a long white dress and holding a doll pretty scary. Going on tour is something she is really looking forward to and getting the chance to perform on stage in front of a big audience. It’s nice that her friend Greta Lawson - who goes to the same school as her – is also in the production.”