Musical for upbeat fun
All for one and one for all in Gayndah
THE Musicom theatre productions in Gayndah are more than just a show – and no one knows that better than director and co-producer Fran Conroy.
“The idea when we originally started this was to raise morale of the town after the floods,” Ms Conroy said.
“I would say this year’s show has been one of the more successful ones and we had around 750 people through the door over the three performances.”
This year’s show was a new take on the Three Musketeers and Ms Conroy sourced a varied cast to fill the roles.
“It has brought together a diverse group of people but at the same time created a very unified whole, and that has been really rewarding,” Ms Conroy said.
“We wanted to create a cross-generational performance.”
Ms Conroy said she felt the show was very well received by the audiences each night.
“That’s what I look for when I choose scripts – I know we are appealing to Grade 4s right up to 90-year-olds, so sometimes I tweak the script a little for the clientele,” Ms Conroy said.
“This one we were looking for a challenge.”
And a challenge they had and overcame.
“The complexity of this one was what stood out. Bringing in the choir was an extra facet that we haven’t done before,” Ms Conroy said.
“And we also doubled the number of our cast and doubled, if not tripled, the backstage crew, who have been working on this for months.”
Ms Conroy said she strived to inject positive vibes into her shows and found comedy produced the best results.
“Essentially, that positivity is always helpful and creates a buzz in the community,” Ms Conroy said.
“In an isolated town, with regards to activities like theatre, it gives a sense of what is possible and I’ve had several kids go on to be successful actors and working behind the scenes.”
Fran Conroy Essentially, that positivity is always helpful and creates a buzz in the community
HUMOROUS ESCAPADES: The Three Musketeers of Linden George, Chris Emmerton and Hayden Gormely on stage with Brody Chalker as Captain Mazarin.
An almost-capacity crowd at the show.