The Little Green Road to Fairyland comes to Roma
GROWING up on a cane farm, performer Kristin Berardi is filled with excitement as she leaves the stages of London and heads for the Maranoa.
She will land in Roma this Monday as the Queensland Music Festival and Queensland Ballet partner up to bring the classic Australian bush tale The Little Green Road to Fairyland to families across the bush.
Although the play is generally performed in large-scale theatres around the country, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the event the festival organisers made the decision to take the fairytale to three regional locations - Roma, Goondiwindi and St George.
Miss Berardi said she hadn't been to this corner of Queensland yet but she knew personally how much these shows meant to country people.
"I'm very excited to come, I've never been to this area of Queensland so it's a wonderful opportunity to see more of this amazing country and meet some new folks,” she said.
"I am from a little country town called Koumala, 45km south of Mackay, originally and my folks have a cane farm in that area so I'm excited to connect with these smaller communities.
"I am just as excited to play there as I am at QPAC at the end of this lot of shows.
"I remember how it felt when shows or performers you really loved came to town, so I'm looking forward to giving back, in a way.”
A vintage Australian children's book, long out of print, The Little Green Road to Fairyland is the tale of a fairy questing to return from the mortal world to Fairyland, after relinquishing fairy hood for human form.
Set in the Australian bush, the magical fairy, which was inspired by the original 1922 story by Annie R. Rentoul and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, takes audiences on a charming journey, with colourful sets and costumes that will delight imaginations from start to finish.
Miss Berardi said it was a very special show.
"Expect some amazing dancing and choreography, a beautiful and enchanting set and live musicians making the music,” she said.
Re-imagined by renowned Australian choreographer Paul Boyd, The Little Green Road to Fairyland will feature an original score from Elena Kats-Chernin, performed by Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra - and angelic vocals from Ms Berardi and on selected shows Queensland Music Festival artistic director Katie Noonan.
Ms Noonan said it was an amazing project that captured the heart and essence of what the Queensland Music Festival was all about.
"This is the first time the festival is collaborating with the Queensland Ballet and to be coming together to showcase this classic Australian story for families of all ages showcases uniquely Australian literature, dance and song in one joyous original production,” she said.
"Not only will the season give people across the statethe opportunity to engage with this amazing work but it adds an exquisitenew work to Australia's cultural vernacular that can continue to ignite imaginations for centuries.”