TOUCHING MOMENT: Daryan Butler, as Josef Ivanov, and Brittney Kahl as Hannah Quinn in The Russian Lieutenant.
TOUCHING MOMENT: Daryan Butler, as Josef Ivanov, and Brittney Kahl as Hannah Quinn in The Russian Lieutenant. Contributed

A special treat for IGS musical

Erin Fodor, as Nadia Michalova, singing The Winter Song from The Russian Lieutenant.

IPSWICH Grammar School has something special planned for its 150th year musical.

Performing arts students from both the boys' and girls' campuses have spent months planning and rehearsing for their performance of The Russian Lieutenant, a story written by the school's head of English, John Acutt.

Set in Melbourne in 1963, The Russian Lieutenant centres around the Leningrad Theatre Company's visit to the Victorian State Theatre at the height of the Cold War.

It tells the story of a young soldier and a beautiful Bolshevik bargirl caught up in the Russian Revolution and the First World War. The troupe includes a renowned actor, Josef Ivanov, played by Daryan Butler, who is tempted by the fame and fortune he could achieve should he defect from the USSR.

On the Melbourne stage he meets a young Queensland actress, Hannah Quinn - played by Brittney Kahl.

Hannah is thrust into the lead female role after Soviet starlet, Nadia Michalova, played by Erin Fodor, is arrested. Ipswich Grammar boys John Massey, Joel McLean, Oscar Crisp and Jayden Grice, play the Soviet heavies whose job it is to keep a tight rein over their illusive star - the brooding Ivanov.

Former Grammar School teacher Stewart Riddle wrote the music for the show, which is directed by Rose Isbell.

The Russian Lieutenant will play at the Ipswich Civic Centre on May 16, 17 and 18. Tickets for May 17-18 are available at the Civic Centre Ticket Office. To book phone 3810 6100 or visit ipswichciviccentre.com.au. Tickets for May 16 can be purchased through Mrs Hawck at Ipswich Grammar School, phone 3813 9627.


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