Mu­si­cal for up­beat fun

All for one and one for all in Gayn­dah

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL - Adam McCleery

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

PHO­TOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

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.

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