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CQCM performs the musical 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Published:16 October 2020

Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music’s (CQCM) Bachelor of Theatre students will perform the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in five performances from 23-25 October.

Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music’s (CQCM) Bachelor of Theatre students will step back in time to perform the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in five performances from 23-25 October – the first live performance by the students in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions.

For the first time this year the theatre will be open to the public at limited capacity under COVID-safe restrictions.

CQCM students returned to on-campus classes in Term 2, unlike most other CQUniversity courses, which currently remain online.

As the Australian arts industry and arts degrees struggle in the wake of COVID-19, the opportunity for the CQUni students to perform live is a privilege not currently available to all Australian tertiary performing arts students.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, by Rupert Holmes, is the musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name. As Dickens died before finishing the book, the ending is decided by the audience watching it. Performed in the style of Victorian Music Hall, the comedy includes catchy tunes and multiple jokes for the whole family.

Guest director, Matt Young, who performed on the Broadway tour of 'Annie' and 'A Chorus Line', as well as being in the original Australian cast of 'The Producers', says “staging this hilarious musical with the youthful CQUni students is a joy as we have all been itching to get back into the theatre. The people of Mackay are in for a real treat!”

The performances will take place in the CQCM Theatre Building 21 CQU Ooralea campus, 150 Boundary Rd Ooralea. Performances are 10.30am and 7.30pm Friday 23 October, 2pm and 7.30pm Saturday 24 October, 2pm Sunday 25 October. Tickets should be booked immediately.

Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music is CQUniversity's centre for performing arts degrees in Music and Theatre. CQCM is dedicated to providing the best performing arts education possible including the practical experience of two productions a year.