Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Opera Star Backs New Community Theatre Plan

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Opera Star Backs New Community Theatre Plan

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Byline: ANDY PASSANT andy.passant@eveninggazette.co.uk

OPERA star Sarah Sweeting has given her support to efforts to establish a new arts venue in Guisborough.

The Earthbeat Theatre Company, a drama service for local learning disabled adults, is attempting to acquire the town's former register office.

The building is being sold and Earthbeat hopes to convert it into a new community theatre for the area.

Backing for the ambitious plan has come from the Guisborough-born opera star.

Sarah has served as principal mezzo-soprano at the Sydney Opera House and is an international opera star.

She has written a letter supporting Earthbeat's bid to acquire the theatre and she plans to deliver a masterclass workshop to the group's 25-piece choir.

She will be joined by fellow opera star and former Samoan rugby player Eddie Muliau.

Earthbeat manager Tony Galuidi said: "This has come at a perfect time for us.

"Not only will it help us to publicise our efforts to bring a theatre to Guisborough but it will also help to tune us up for our forthcoming Christmas show. …

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