Kerri Eaton graduated from Gympie High in the early 1980s and went on to be named Australian Musician of the Year by the Tait Memorial Trust in 2001.
Kerri Eaton graduated from Gympie High in the early 1980s and went on to be named Australian Musician of the Year by the Tait Memorial Trust in 2001. Contributed

Artists come home to Gympie

THE who's who of past and present performing arts students and teachers will be showcased in three variety concerts as part of the Gympie State High School centenary celebrations next month.

While some of the details of the concert are still under wraps, long-time teacher Rita O'Neil is excited about welcoming back accomplished performers Eden Read, Matt Fell and Melanie Meers (nee Ricketts), who will be flying into Gympie to take the stage for the special occasion.

She said many of Gympie High's high-achieving graduates still lived in the Gympie region, including vocal trainer Kerri Eaton, who performed for Opera Queensland for three years before moving to London to further her career.

While The Gympie Times was unable to contact dancer Eden Read yesterday, Mrs O'Neil said he continued to perform and was now producing shows in Melbourne.

"Melanie Ricketts (Meers) has recently returned from a successful tour of New Zealand with her all-male choir," she said.

"Also sharing their talents with Gympie will be accomplished singing teacher Kerri Eaton, versatile musicians Evan and Aidan Patrick, Dan Atherton and members of the CMSOE who recently returned from Tamworth with prestigious awards."

Mrs O'Neil said the concert would be full of variety with entertainment provided by Zodiac Players producer Peter Blyth and Gympie Theatrical Dance doing a combined performance with vocalist Chris Delisser.

"The audience can expect choir performances, dancing, comedy and acts from some of their favourite musicals," she said.

"Of course the current string ensemble and stage and concert bands will perform with past students joining them on stage."

Stage and concert bands will perform with past students joining them on stage

Gympie Times


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