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Georgie to star in Carousel

14 February 2022  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: , ,

We are over the moon to hear that Georgie O’Reilly, in Year 12, has been cast as Louise in Richmond Operatic Society’s (ROS) production of Carousel. Georgie, who is studying A-level Music and the double award in Performing Arts, is a lover of musicals and is really looking forward to broadening her performance experience with this Oscar Hammerstein II show. We caught up with Georgie to find out more about Carousel and what inspires her performances:

What inspired you to audition for a part in Carousel?

I am studying musicals in A-level Music and it is my aim to follow a career in musical theatre. When I heard that Richmond Operatic Society was doing such a wonderful musical by Oscar Hammerstein II, I just had to be involved.

Did you take part in any workshops before your audition?

I took part in two workshops (dance and singing), followed by the audition. They were all so much fun and it was a really nice and safe place to give everything a go.

Tell us a little about your part?

I’m playing the role of Louise who is Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow’s daughter. Lousie is first seen in act 2 when Billy is allowed on earth for one day by a heavenly friend. Billy talks to Louise and tries to give her a star. Louise is scared and declines his gift. Through frustration of not being able to get through to Louise, Billy slaps Louise, but weirdly the slap feels like a kiss. Louise goes home and tells her mum and Julie instantly understands. Billy continues to watch Louise grow up and turn into a confident woman like her mother.

Within the role of Louise I have a dance number (Louise’s ballet) and scenes. I’m also part of the ensemble meaning I’ll be in lots of scenes and numbers.

Will your role involve singing, acting and dancing?

Yes, all three and I’m very excited about it.

Are you considering further studies in performing arts or music after your A-levels?

Yes, that’s what I would love to have a career in, and that is why I’m so grateful to be taking part in an opportunity like this.

If so, where are you hoping to go and what are you planning to study?

I want to study musical theatre, preferably at a musical theatre university, such as the Brits, or MTA.

What is your favourite musical and why?

My favourite musicals are West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein, and Phantom of the Opera, by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which I was lucky enough to see recently! I absolutely love the scores for both of these musicals and I adore the dancing in West Side Story. The storylines are so beautiful and I could watch them both forever.

Have you taken part in musical productions before?

I do Stagecoach at Darlington where I have performed in Footloose (in which I played Rusty), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Legally Blonde and we are just about to start Grease! I also do Musical Theatre at the Georgian Theatre Youth Theatre, where I’ve done a couple original musicals written by our old teacher, as well as Bugsy Malone, where I played the role of Tallulah. I also did the Georgian Theatre Pantomime for four years from 2016 to 2019.

Stephen Boyd, Lead Teacher for Music, said: “Georgie is a terrific A-level Music and Performing Arts student and I am delighted she has secured such a role with the fabulous ROS. Georgia is always keen to expand her musical experiences, singing with our school choirs, and with The Richmond Choral Society and their performance for the 950 celebrations. This is another example of her enthusiasm for performance in our local community. We are all looking forward to the production.”

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