Local choir gears up for live cabaret debut

CHOIR: Desert Voices practicing for tonight's show with Michaela Burger and The Migrant's Son.
CHOIR: Desert Voices practicing for tonight's show with Michaela Burger and The Migrant's Son.

Local choir group, Desert Voices, are gearing up for their live stage performance in an award winning cabaret show tonight.

A Migrant's Son by Michaela Burger has sold out shows and collected awards across the country, including the Frank Ford Award at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Igniting memories of a story that millions of Australians can relate to, Burger pays tribute to her Greek migrant family and hard-working, fun-loving larrikin father, Luke, who defied all odds and rose above his circumstances.

From early morning deliveries for the family bakery at age seven, down opal mines in Coober Pedy at age 16 and opening a chain of discount supermarkets in Adelaide, Luke's road was not one for the faint- hearted.

Featuring original songs and live band, including piano and bouzouki, Michaela tells her family story with poignancy and comical aplomb.

"Performing this show in particular to regional South Australia is very important to me, as I was born and raised in a regional town (Coober Pedy), and I feel that it's important to bring the arts into the regions," Michaela said.

"As the show follows the journey of my ancestors and family, the regional towns of South Australia are part of the performance.

"This is such a lovely way to connect people living in the regions directly to the story so that they feel a part of it. Some parts might feel very familiar!"

The performance also requires a local choir in each region.

"It's a wonderful way to bring the community into the performance and to hear their beautiful voices in old Town Halls just lift the experience," Michaela said.

In Port Augusta the Desert Voices led by musical director Anna Beach have been practising and are ready for tonight's debut performance.

Choir member Yolande Morris said: "We are looking forward to singing with Michaela. It's such a wonderful opportunity to be part of A Migrant's Son that has sold out shows and performed overseas. We're very excited!"

Described by Australia's leading lady of cabaret Kate Ceberano as an "asset to the cabaret community", Michaela is the recipient of the award for Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2016, winner 2015 International Cabaret Contest and Helpmann Academy Award nominee.

In addition to touring extensively with her hit show Exposing Edith (the life and songs of Edith Piaf), her most recent performing credits include Can You hear Colour? (Patch Theatre/2018 Adelaide Festival), Rumpelstiltskin (State Theatre SA/Windmill Co.) and Brel: The Immortal Troubadour (2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival).

The show will hit the stage at the Port Augusta Institute Theatre tonight at 7pm.

Bookings are available at the Yarta Purtli Cultural Centre and via countryarts.org.au.