Mikado in Malaysia: CQU students take futuristic G&S to Kuala Lumpur

 CQU theatre students rehearsing at the Con in Mackay, before heading to Malaysia on Saturday.  Photo courtesy CQUniversity School of Education and the Arts.

CQU theatre students rehearsing at the Con in Mackay, before heading to Malaysia on Saturday.  Photo courtesy CQUniversity School of Education and the Arts.

A crew from Mackay's CQUniversity Conservatorium of Music are on their way to Kuala Lumpur this weekend to be part of a collaborative performance putting a 21st century take on Gilbert and Sullivan.

The 27 CQU students are teaming up with students from Malaysia's Bentley Music Academy to stage The M1K-A-D-0, a "futuristic revamp" of the 19th century comic opera.

The Aussie contingent is Bachelor of Theatre and Bachelor of Music students from around the country, including third year student and M1K-A-D-0 lead Celina Wood.

โ€œPersonally and professionally, I am looking forward to working with others who possess the same drive and passion for performing,โ€ Celina said.

I feel extremely fortunate to be involved in the production and see this as an opportunity to establish my career in the performing arts.
— Celina Wood, M1K-A-D-0 cast member

Funding for the tour came from the New Colombo Plan - a federal project helping Aussie undergrad students study, research do internships, or be mentored, in the Indo Pacific.