Cath News report:
A musical about Mary MacKillop's life, which features opera soprano Joanna Cole playing the nun, will premiere in Sydney tomorrow night.
It will be staged at the Seymour Centre until Saturday, October 9, and then continue in Melbourne for three performances at The Besen Centre on October 23 and 24, reports The Mosman Daily.
A spokeswoman for MGM Management said the tickets were selling fast.
Cole said it would be an honour to play such an important person in Australia's history. "This is truly a role of a life time," she said.
Separately, Australian Catholic University student Megan Hancock will play Mary MacKillop, in Rome, in an October 17 concert written by ACU drama lecturer Dr Tracey Sanders - which will give a snapshot of MacKillop's life and struggles in Australia, reports City North News.
"I feel very honoured and privileged,'' said Ms Hancock, who studies education majoring in drama. She said it had not quite ''sunk in'' yet that the team was going to Rome and performing two shows for crowds of 1700 people. ''It's pretty insane, and when I think about it I get little crazy butterflies in my tummy,'' she said.
Forty ACU students and staff members are travelling to the Italian capital for the canonisation, said the report.