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The Chronicle Tuesday, June 30, 2015
PERFORMING ON STAGE
New twist on the wizardly tale of Oz
The Magic Land of Oz cast includes Alyssa Anderson, Joss Kent, Oliver Johnstone and Bianca Lawson.
Young Canberra performers put a fresh
twist on The Wizard of Oz story in the
upcoming musical production The
Magical Land of Oz.
All the enchanting characters --
Dorothy, Scarecrow, The Tin Man and
the Wicked Witch -- will be part of the
Pied Piper Productions show, running
from June 30-July 10 at St Paul s
Anglican Church Hall in Manuka.
Director Nina Stevenson said the
annual workshop productions ensured
emerging performers had the chance to
take to the stage and learn the
fundamentals of live performance.
"We want to encourage young
people to be involved in life theatre.
"It s a wonderful script, the music is
great and the kids are lapping it up."
The cast of 23, aged 6 to 15 years-
old, dedicated 90 minutes to weekly
rehearsals since February.
We teach how to find their voice,
choreography, how to read and
interpret a script, internalise a
character, all the important things they
need to know to be professional in
their attitude towards performance,"
Mrs Stevenson said.
She has directed annual junior and
senior workshops and production for
six years but said they would never
have come together without help from
parents and volunteers.
For 15-year-old Alyssa Anderson,
who plays the Wicked Witch, the show
is a family affair.
Ten-year-old sister Dania plays a
munchkin, monkey, and singing poppy
in the chorus and mother Jenny is a
volunteer assistant director.
"I ve been involved with Pied Piper
since 2008," Alyssa said.
"I ve taken on a few lead roles
before but this is probably the most
After she mastered the wicked
cackle and her solo song, Alyssa can t
wait for opening night.
"It s a fun song and one of the cast s
favourites so we all plan to sing it for
the finale," she said.
She wasn t shy about spruiking the
show. "Everyone in Canberra should
come along to see it," she said.
The Magical Land of Oz opens
with a 10am matinee on Tuesday,
June 30. 11am matinees: July 7 and
9. 2pm matinees: July 7, 8 and 9.
6pm shows: July 4 and 10. Tickets
$7, family of four $26 and $6 each
for groups of 10 or more. Booking
essential via 0402 409 435 or
ALBUM: DRONES/ARTIST: MUSE
Bellamy hasn't lost his knack of telling a good story
Well, it s another Muse album. Now
seven albums in and the band do the
dramatics of Queen well and manage
to pull out every rock cliche possible
to still sound rather good. From start to
finish, Muse s new album is stuffed
full of sizzling riffs, falsettos reaching
for the sky and the same adventurous
spirit that seeped through their last two
albums, The Resistance and The 2nd
Law. But this is a much rockier Muse
-- rock opera freaks with fiercely
defiant lyrics but none of the
symphonic instrumentals that haunted
their last few albums. Still, lead singer
Matt Bellamy hasn t lost his knack of
telling a story. Every past Muse album
has a theme whether it is repression,
the frustrations of being under a
conservative government or the lack of
natural resources. This time around it s
modern warfare and the prevalence of
drones with the horrible reality we can
kill by remote control .
And his bandmates, the collective
strength of Muse, soundtrack
Bellamy s theories with electro-rock
gusto and vigorous enthusiasm. It s a
tighter, heavier sounding Muse
returning slightly to their early rock
roots but keeping enough eccentricity
to make it interesting. Muse is still a
bloody good rock band you can t help
$7.8m shot in
The 2015 Multicultural Festival gave
Canberra s economy a $7.8 million
boost, a survey has found.
More than 270,000 people came
along to the three-day National
Multicultural Festival this year, up
from 250,000 in 2014.
In 2014, the direct injection to the
local economy was put at $5 million.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Yvette Berry said the total amount
generated was higher this year as more
people spent more time and money at
The benefits of our annual
National Multicultural Festival runs
much deeper than financial, she said.
Our spectacular annual event
unites our city in a celebration of
culture, language, music, dance and
It showcases what it truly means to
be a Canberran as proud members of
our culturally diverse community.
Roald Dahl s classic The BFG comes
to the stage of the Belconnen
Community Theatre this school
holidays. Perfect entertainment for the
young and the young at heart, the play
tells the story of how an unexpected
friendship between the Big Friendly
Giant and a young girl named Sophie
saves the children of the world.
Presented by Child Players ACT from
Tickets $18, discounted tickets
for and groups and families at
SENTRY ON THE MOVE
WITH TALES OF PAST
Melbourne MC Seth Sentry will play
at Academy Nightclub on Friday as
part of his Strange New Past tour.
Supported by Ivan Ooze and Dylan
Joel, the gig promises to be high-
From 8pm. Tickets $30 plus
booking fees at moshtix.com.au.
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