“Mr West End”, Clarry Evans, is a man of many parts.
A whole generation of local school children grew to know and love him when he taught at West End State School, and he now owns and runs two local guesthouses, Westmont in Thomas St and Minto up in Gladstone Road.
He’s also a passionate musician, and was the lead singer of Brisbane band Midlife Crisis for many years.
Clarry’s greatest musical passion, however, is composing rock opera.
With writing partner Judy Stevens he’s brought to Brisbane and national stages such memorable shows as Macbeth: The Contemporary Rock Opera, Brave New World Order, Live At The Trocadero, The Merchant Of Vengeance and, most recently, Boadicea: The Celtic Rock Opera, to name just a few.
Clarry’s latest musical offering is to present two very intimate performances of musical highlights from the rock operas Macbeth and Boadicea, as part of the West End Festival.
Alison St Ledger, Matthew Newnham and Sandro Collarelli – who all featured in the original productions – will be reprising their stage hits, while a twelve piece choir led by Alison Rogers will provide the chorus. James Bovill will feature on keyboards.
The performances will take place at the Hope St Café at 170 Boundary Street, West End. The café is an initiative of Micah Projects, and is a social enterprise providing training and employment for disadvantaged people.
Tickets are selling fast – there are only 35 available for each session – so if you’re looking for a unique musical experience, you’d better act quickly.
MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM TWO GREAT BRISBANE STAGE SHOWS
Macbeth, A Contemporary Rock Opera and Boudicca, A Celtic Rock Opera
SATURDAY: 29 October, 5pm and 6:30pm
VENUE: HOPE STREET CAFE, 170 Boundary St,West End.
TWO SESSIONS 5.00 and 6.30 p.m
COST: $29 including light snacks
Bookings essential. Phone 3844 2693 (35 people max. per performance)