UOC's WEST END TO BROADWAY (Volume Four) Opens this Month Debuting Brisbane Favourite John Peek
The Underground Opera Company (UOC) will this August present West End to Broadway - in the Reservoir (Volume 4), debuting its newest cast member, Brisbane-favourite, John Peek.
The nine-show season at Brisbane's Underground Opera House, The Spring Hill Reservoir will feature Mr Peek as the tenor, joining soprano Pia Frangiosa, mezzo soprano Louise Dorsman, baritone Lionel Theunissen, accompanied by Brendan Murtagh, with UOC director and founder Bruce Edwards as MC.
West End to Broadway - In the Reservoir will mark a return to the stage for Mr Peek, who took a five year break to concentrate on numerous producing, directing, writing and teaching projects. A work he produced and directed, Slammed, even scored him Matilda award nominations in 2015.
Mr Peek, whose professional performance history includes more than 60 productions across the theatre, musical theatre, opera and oratorio streams, working with the likes of the Gordon Frost Organisation, Opera Q and Opera Australia, said he was excited to be back on the stage.
"I'm looking forward to performing again and especially at the Spring Hill Reservoir. During my career I've performed in all sorts of venues, including caves, abandoned train yards and unique outback settings, so I do appreciate a space like the reservoir - it's a really cool place," he said.
The season also gives Mr Peek a chance to work with former student, Pia Frangiosa whom he taught when she was a Musical Theatre student at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
"I'm very proud to work with a former student in a professional show and she's excited about it too. We'll be singing the duet Take Me As I Am from Jekyll & Hyde.
"Your own student makes the best duet partner because they sing exactly how you want them to!" he jested.
West End to Broadway - In the Reservoir will mark another highlight of UOC's 10th anniversary year featuring extraordinary performances in breathtaking spaces, making audiences Laugh, Cry and Cheer across Queensland.
ABOUT UNDERGROUND OPERA: In 2017 the Underground Opera Company (UOC) celebrates 10 years of presenting 'Extraordinary performances in breathtaking spaces' to audiences across Australia! UOC delivers audiences a unique experience by steering them away from sterile theatres. The company's name is quite literal - where possible concerts are staged 'underground' and when a suitable underground venue cannot be sourced, patrons can be assured the next best thing. This includes hosting concerts in working and abandoned mines, tunnels, natural caves, in castles, 150-year old water reservoirs, aeroplane hangars, power stations, on remote islands or in a 19th century barn. In 2014, UOC's owner and director, former miner, Bruce Edwards launched Brisbane's Spring Hill Reservoir as a performance space after three years of intense activation, with support from Brisbane City Council, National Trust and local and international businesses. The reservoir, six metres below Wickham Terrace is now known as Brisbane's Underground Opera House.