Flora Feldman set to shine in Joseph
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Flora Feldman set to shine in Joseph

Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat is arguably one of the most treasured musicals, telling the story of Joseph and his brothers with beautiful (and catchy) songs and spectacular colours. The AJN spoke to Flora Feldman about how she feels being part of the children's chorus.

Flora Feldman
Flora Feldman

When not going to school or hanging out with friends, year 6 Wesley College student Flora Feldman is a rising star in the world of Australian theatre and film.

Rounding out a busy year, Flora will play the role of the butler and will participate in the children’s ensemble in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, which premieres at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne on November 13 and in February 2023 in Sydney.

This year Flora played a principal role in Fun Home with the Melbourne Theatre Company and starred in her first feature film, Moja Vesna. Her theatre credits include Singing Swallows (Theatre Works); The Mermaid (La Mama Theatre); A Rain Walk (Melbourne Fringe) and Il Mago di Oz with the Victorian Opera.

Encouraged by her family and drama teacher, Flora made her theatre debut at age eight when she performed in Solaris at the Malthouse with Hugo Weaving and Kegan Joyce.

Following in the footsteps of her older brothers, who are also actors, Flora said she’s “always loved performing”.

“I love just being on stage and putting on a show for the audience, and I love the energy and everyone watching me. And the excitement of being on stage, it’s so cool,” Flora told The AJN.

Flora (centre) as small Alison in the MTC production of Fun Home

Of all her projects, Joseph stands out. “Being Jewish, it’s a really meaningful story to me, and I love the moral of the story which I think is about second chances and being kind. And I did a project in year 4 all about Joseph, and so I know a lot about it.”

Flora is also excited for her friends to see the show, which she said is a “good family-friendly musical” compared to the more serious themes of some of her other work.

Last year Flora starred alongside Claudia Karvan in Moja Vesna, a Slovenian-Australian co-production about a Slovenian immigrant family in Melbourne. The film premiered in Australia at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Fun Home, directed by Dean Bryant, is a multi-Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s bestselling coming-of-age graphic novel. Flora played the principal role of small Alison as the “grown up” Alison relives her childhood.

Meanwhile, the new production of Joseph features an all-star Australian cast including Euan Fistrovic Doidge (who appeared alongside Flora as Roy in Fun Home), Trevor Ashley (Sydney shows only), Shane Crawford (Melbourne shows only) and Paulini, with a multi-award-winning songbook by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

“I’m super excited to be working with these really incredible people, especially Euan, because I did Fun Home with him,” Flora said.

“I’m really lucky to be part of this amazing performance.”

Flora trains with House of Muchness under Alex Walker, at the National Theatre Ballet School and singing with Georgia Brooks. She also loves climbing trees and is passionate about politics and climate change.

“I’m really excited to perform the show soon, and I’m also looking forward to planning my bat mitzvah and going into year 7, and any other opportunities in acting really.”

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