Mary MacKillop Musical Launches in Sydney

Periodically over the course of the summer I have written about Mary MacKillop and her upcoming canonization. It just seems like Australia is getting more and more excited with every day that passes. This article talks about a new musical that is set to open about the soon to be saint’s life. It is so great to see such a strong showing of people who truly care that their country is gaining their first ever saint! Good stuff Australia, keep up the good work!

MacKillop the Musical will be launched today in Sydney, marking the 50-day countdown to the canonisation of Australia’s first saint.

The launch will feature Melbourne Soprano Joanna Cole who is playing the title role alongside Brisbane actor Donald McDonald (Mary’s father Alexander MacKillop), Adelaide baritone Eugene Raggio (the bushranger Fagan) and Sydney actors Paul McLeod (Fr Woods) and Tony Girdler (Fr Horan.), said a media release.

The casting of actors from Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne signifies the four Australian states that Mary MacKillop herself worked in.

“Travelling long distances in the course of her work was a daily reality for Mary MacKillop” said Kieran Walton, the producer of MacKillop. “So drawing actors from across the country for this historic production is very appropriate.”

As an exclusive preview to the production, Joanna will sing the main aria from the musical My
Cross
.

“I feel incredibly privileged to be cast as Mary MacKillop” said Joanna Cole. “Mary was a very
special woman and the chance to tell her story and bring her charisma to the stage is one I feel
very honoured to have been given.”

“The MacKillop story is about the development of a nation, its trials, hardships and
successes. Drawing actors from across Australia to tell this story personifies the national
significance of Mary’s work and her Canonisation,” said director Anthony McCarthy.

Walton is thrilled to have secured two actual priests to play roles in the show. “Why make
someone act like a priest when you can get a real one, two in fact.”

Fr. Bill Milsted will play Pope Pius IX and Fr. James McCarthy will play Bishop Shiel, the bishop who excommunicated Mary MacKillop.” – “MacKillop Musical Launch Marks 50 Days to Canonization”, CathNews

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