She may have only just started school but Elicia is ready to tread the boards in Madama Butterfly at Hull City Hall next week.
The five-year-old from Hull has been cast in the role of Sorrow for the opera on 19 March and will appear in the exquisite production of Puccini’s masterpiece in a production featuring international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra.
Elicia was nominated for the role by her mother Suzanne, who is a teacher at Skelton Hooper School of Dance and Theatre.
She said: “The dance school is Elicia’s second home. She loves to perform both on and off stage and is very excited to take on this role.”
Elicia has been given her shot at stardom after the award-winning producer Ellen Kent invited the stage school to nominate one of their shining stars to play the child of Madama Butterfly, Sorrow.
She will appear opposite acclaimed Korean soprano, Elena Dee who sings the role of tragic Cio-Cio San. After being seduced and then deserted by Lieutenant Pinkerton and being shunned by her family and friends after discovering she is pregnant, Cio-Cio San names her child Sorrow, ever hopeful that Pinkerton will return so she can rename the child Joy.
Elicia is currently rehearsing for the role with her drama school and will be joining the cast and full orchestra for the performance.
One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly has exquisite sets featuring a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costuming including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.
Highlights include the Humming Chorus, Un bel di vedremo (One Fine Day), Amore o grillo (Love or fancy) and the unforgettable Bimba, Bimba, non piangere (Love Duet).
Tickets are on sale now. Book at the Hull City Hall box office, call 01482 300 306 or visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.
[David Paine – Hull City Council]