Chil­dren’s Christ­mas story with a twist


IT’S the orig­i­nal Christ­mas story told with a twist, which mem­bers of the Mac­quarie Conservatorium Youth Mu­sic Theatre will take to the stage on Sun­day and Mon­day, Novem­ber 27 and 28 in a show to de­light the whole fam­ily.

In the fi­nal stages of re­hearsal at Mac­quarie Conservatorium the en­thu­si­as­tic group of Dubbo chil­dren aged 7 to 12 years will per­form “Straw and Or­der” de­scribed as a law­fully good Christ­mas mu­si­cal for chil­dren.

“In this fun mu­si­cal for kids and fam­i­lies, we have all the Christ­mas story char­ac­ters and cos­tumes – the three wise men, an­gels, shep­herds, a don­key, “says di­rec­tor Camilla Ward.

“But the story takes the form of a “Law and Or­der” style in­ves­ti­ga­tion to find out what re­ally hap­pened in that sta­ble so long ago.”

In a court­room in Beth­le­hem, Judge Grump is far from happy with the com­plain­ing cows and a deny­ing don­key. As Judge Grump en­coun­ters quar­rel­ing innkeep­ers, self-im­por­tant wise men, cool shep­herds, some danc­ing sheep and a spec­tac­u­lar an­gel choir, ev­ery­thing starts to be­come clear and the story of Christ­mas un­folds…...

Led by di­rec­tor Camilla Ward and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Rae­lene Burn, the young per­form­ers are part of a pop­u­lar pro­gram at Mac­quarie Conservatorium in­tro­duc­ing chil­dren to the skills and thrills of mu­sic theatre.

“Our Youth Mu­sic Theatre Pro­gram gives chil­dren the chance to de­velop their singing, act­ing and move­ment, through fun train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, and by re­hears­ing and per­form­ing in their own shows,” say mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Rae­lene Burn.

“It’s an en­joy­able and cre­ative ac­tiv­ity for kids,” says di­rec­tor Camilla Ward.

“The stu­dents re­ally en­joy ex­press­ing them­selves and work­ing to­gether with other kids on a big project. We do two pro­duc­tions a year, telling sto­ries through mu­sic and drama, us­ing phys­i­cal theatre, and sim­ple cos­tumes and props.”

Their en­ter­tain­ing Christ­mas mu­si­cal this Novem­ber has toe-tap­ping songs and plenty of com­edy, and is ideal for kids of all ages and their fam­i­lies. As well as their Sun­day af­ter­noon show, two shows on Mon­day morn­ing for school and pre-school groups have been sched­uled, and one is al­ready sold out.

“We do these shows in school time to reach more chil­dren and give them the op­por­tu­nity to see their peers per­form in live theatre,” says Mac­quarie Conservatorium Di­rec­tor, Vivi­enne Winther. Straw and Or­der Mac­quarie Conservatorium Sun­day, Novem­ber 27 at 4pm and Mon­day, Novem­ber 28 at 10.00am (sold out) and 11.30am (Schools show).

Tick­ets are $5 each and can be pur­chased at the door. Visit www.mac­q­ for more in­for­ma­tion and book­ings.


Cast mem­bers from the Mac­quarie Con­ser­va­to­ri­ums Youth Mu­si­cal Theatre dur­ing a re­cent dress re­hearsal.

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