CQUni Con students shine in Malaysia

Published:10 January 2018

CQUni Conservatorium of Music students undertake rehearsals in Mackay before departing for Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (13 January) to perform a collaborative production of The M1K-A-D-0.

CQUni's Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) students recently had the experience of a lifetime, travelling to Kuala Lumpur to star in a collaborative production of The M1K-A-D-0, a futuristic revamp of Gilbert and Sullivan’s 19th century opera comedy The Mikado.

Directed and reimagined by CQUni’s Artistic Ambassador Peter Cousens – renowned for being the first Australian to play the Phantom (in The Phantom of the Opera) on London’s West End – the production featured 27 CQUni CQCM Bachelor of Theatre and Bachelor of Music students from campuses around Australia; together with students from the Bentley Music Academy (BMA) Malaysia.

Tour and Music Director Nicole Thomson said the two-week musical collaboration between the CQCM and BMA was the first of its kind for a regional university.

“This was an extraordinary opportunity for our students to feature in a musical production on an international stage,” Nicole said.

“Our partnership with the Bentley Academy provided CQCM students the chance to work alongside other aspiring performers and forge invaluable music industry connections.”

Third-year Bachelor of Theatre student, The M1K-A-D-0’s lead actress Celina Wood was enthusiastic about working on such a high-profile production while still undertaking her degree.

“Personally and professionally, I look forward to working with others who possess the same drive and passion for performing,” Celina explained.

“I feel extremely fortunate to be involved in the production and see this as an opportunity to establish my career in the performing arts.”

Three Bachelor of Digital Media and Bachelor of Professional Communication students accompanied the musical cast to film, document and post updates for the duration of the tour.

Taking over two years to coordinate, the tour was funded by the New Colombo Plan – an initiative of the Australian Government which supports Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships, mentorships, practicums, and research in the Indo Pacific region.