Opera needs slave extras

RACHEL BULLER Members of the public will get the chance to grab a rather unique 15 minutes of fame – as slaves for Aida.

RACHEL BULLER

Members of the public will get the chance to grab a rather unique 15 minutes of fame – as slaves for Aida.

Ellen Kent and Opera International are looking for extras for a spectacular production of Verdi's masterpiece at the Theatre Royal in Norwich on September 15 and 17.

Parts available to budding actors include Ethiopian royal family enslaved by the conquering Armies of Egypt, who will take part in the dramatic Triumphal March.


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The Opera tells the story of an Ethiopian princess who is a slave girl in Ancient Egypt. She falls for the Egyptian hero, Radames – and their love affair unfolds on stage with passionate and shattering consequences.

The production features a life-size bejewelled elephant, a four-metre high dancing water fountain, and a company of 200 performers – including internationally renowned soloist Natalia Margarit and Petru Racovita.

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Ms Kent is encouraging as many people as possible to register as extras, especially black actors and families, though children must be at least 10 years old.

To register, call 01634 819127, turn up at the stage door at 5pm on the day of the first performance and ask for Sasha.

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