Local talent celebrated at annual showcase

A BUDDING STAR: Megan Thompson wows the judges at the Wehl Street Theatre during the Limestone Coast Showcase, which provided a platform for dozens of singers from across the region. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

ADJUDICATORS Anne Credlin and Ayesha Susic praised the high standard of performances at this year’s Limestone Coast Choral and Vocal Showcase.

Ms Credlin, an AMEB examiner in Melbourne, said she was amazed at the number of extremely talented young singers emanating from a city the size of Mount Gambier.

“I would like to congratulate the singing teachers on the presentation of students and encourage students to continue their studies to develop their skills further,” Ms Credlin said.

“Their enjoyment on stage was very evident.”

Ms Susic said all performers were winners as they bravely graced the stage and put their heart and soul into each song they sang.

“The school principals are also winners here as they openly value and encourage the teaching of music in their schools and encourage students to show the skills they are being taught,” she said.

Ms Susic, originally from Mount Gambier, has garnered critical acclaim as a performer on the international stage and now teaches in Melbourne.

She said she was thrilled to have an opportunity to give back to the local community.

“I’m delighted to offer the same sort of support offered to me when I was starting my career,” she said.

“I remember how I felt as a youngster when I stood on the stage and cannot stress enough the value of the opportunity to perform.

“It is not about the money, it is all about the pleasure and pride gained from performing in front of an audience.”