PARK NA­TIV­ITY GO­ING STRONG

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - CHRISTMAS -

THERE will be plenty of Christ­mas spirit when the Bur­swood Park Board presents the 22nd an­nual Carols in the Park this Sun­day.

Bur­swood Park Man­ager Bruce Hawkins said the event’s en­dur­ing suc­cess in draw­ing over 4000 peo­ple each year was a tes­ta­ment to the com­mit­ment of the large cast of vol­un­teers and pro­fes­sion­als who give their time and pas­sion each year to de­liver the per­fect way for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether to re­lax and share the Christ­mas spirit.

Chris­tian singer-song­writer and record­ing artist Melissa Crothers has played the role of Mary in the show at least 15 times but be­gan par­tic­i­pat­ing as a dancer in the Johnny Young Talent Team while still at high school in early 1990s, when it was staged in the City be­fore mov­ing to Bur­swood.

“Carols in the Park is unique with its mix of the tra­di­tional Christ­mas story, con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, the live an­i­mals in the Na­tiv­ity, plus the stun­ning lo­ca­tion which all makes it such an easy en­try for fam­i­lies to be part of it all,” she said.

“What I re­ally love about Carols in the Park is that it is true to the real Christ­mas story and why we cel­e­brate, and it takes it away from the con­sumerism and dis­trac­tions from what the festive sea­son is all about.”

The pro­gram com­mences at 6:00pm with per­for­mances by the “Vinyl Re­vival” band, “Take Note” singers, Johnny Young Talent Team of WA, Can­ning City Brass Band and Coastal Scot­tish Pipes and Drums.

At 7.30pm, the re-en­acted story of Christ­mas and carols con­cert will be­gin, fea­tur­ing not only Melissa’s don­key but a menagerie in­clud­ing a camel and Ro­man cen­tu­rion on horse­back!

A gold coin do­na­tion will buy a can­dle to give that spe­cial warm night time Christ­mas glow, or a song­book to help join in all the tra­di­tional carols and con­tem­po­rary favourites. Pro­ceeds of the sales go to the Kent Street High School Chap­laincy.

There will be di­rec­tions on site to free park­ing on Cam­field Drive, Bur­swood.

Free park­ing is also d462823 avail­able in the mul­ti­storey car park, con­cert go­ers will need to be parked in this car park be­fore 6:00pm – another rea­son to be there early.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.bur­swood­park.wa.gov.au, tele­phone 9361 4475 or find them on Face­book, Bur­swood Park Events @Bur­swood­Park.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Bur­swood Park will come alive with its an­nual Christ­mas pageant fea­tur­ing these beloved festive fix­tures: Emma Redg­well (Frosty), Emma Mur­cia (Mrs Claus), Harry Docherty (Santa) and Is­abel Docherty (Ru­dolf) and front from left: Lau­ren Brown 10, Chloe 6 nd Tahli Redg­well.

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