Ghost River tour success

Last Friday morning, 51 keen Middle School actors and musicians climbed onto a bus for the journey up the Hume Highway to north-east Victoria. Our bus was laden to the hilt with instruments, costumes, set pieces, props, audio gear and lighting. Our performance tour of Ghost River was underway. This year we welcomed our Artist in Residence, Tim Schwerdt to the production team. His expertise and creativity added many new dimensions to the show.

The first performance was for the students of Beechworth Primary School. Whilst they were certainly an attentive audience, we were not quite sure how the show had gone down. However, just after loading up after the show, a teacher knocked on the door of the bus with a bunch of lovely responses which her students had written.

The Friday Night performance was in the lovely historic Beechworth Town Hall. It was our first performance ‘under lights’ and worked very well in the tiny but beautiful space. Saturday morning saw us in the delightful surrounds of Yackandandah performing outdoors in the park. The Saturday night dinner show is always a highlight, and this one was no exception. The venue was the lovely ballroom at the historic Beechworth Priory.

Our Sunday morning performance was very memorable. We made it just over halfway through an outdoor performance in the Beechworth Gardens before the heavens opened with torrential rain, lightning and some deafening thunder. The small audience was very understanding and we pulled the plug and sheltered from the storm. Sunday afternoon took us to the Karinya Aged Care facility in Corowa. We had a very responsive and appreciative audience. Sunday night saw us at the beautiful Star Theatre in Chiltern, a venue around 150 years old. Again, it was a pleasure to get very positive feedback from several of the locals, many who remembered our previous performances.

Final performances on Monday were outdoors in Bright for their Spring Festival. It was a perfect morning, the setting was lovely and we had large attentive audience.

The overall experience was fantastic. Touring a show develops team work and performance resilience – the ability quickly to adapt to varying spaces and audiences and situations.

The wonderful group of students worked very positively as a team and their performances grew noticeably through the various performances. They have given generously to their audiences. 

Martin Arnold
Head of Music