Saint-to-be is glorified in musical

SYDNEY - Mary MacKillop, Australia's saint-to-be, will be immortalised in a musical stage spectacular, the composer said.

SYDNEY - Mary MacKillop, Australia's saint-to-be, will be immortalised in a musical stage spectacular, the composer said.

Xavier Brouwer, who is scouring the country for his leading lady, said yesterday MacKillop the Musicalwould be staged with a full orchestra to coincide with MacKillop's October 17 canonisation.

He issued a nationwide casting call seeking 80 singers, dancers and gymnasts for the two-hour "musical verging on opera", with an emphasis on strength and humility for candidates hoping to fill the principal role.

"Like MacKillop, the leading lady will need to have a lot of stamina because she appears in almost every scene," Brouwer said of his production, which has been 10 years in the making. - Sapa-AFP

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