Jour­ney in time

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CAREY Bap­tist Grammar School stu­dents will bring its pro­duc­tion River Story to the re­gion this week­end.

Its rich his­tory com­bined with its cur­rent eco­log­i­cal is­sues have in­spired 57 of the mid­dle school stu­dents to tour River Story — an orig­i­nal mu­si­cal theatre piece telling the sto­ries of the river through mu­sic, drama, dance and song.

River Story draws deeply from Vic­to­ria’s colour­ful his­tory and presents a pow­er­ful mes­sage about valu­ing our nat­u­ral her­itage.

In this thought-pro­vok­ing hour of fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, Carey’s year 7-9 stu­dents play mul­ti­ple roles as ac­tors, dancers, nar­ra­tors and soloists, ac­com­pa­nied by a va­ri­ety of in­stru­men­tal en­sem­bles.

The show’s pro­ducer and Carey’s per­form­ing arts leader of learn­ing Martin Arnold is thrilled to bring his stu­dents to the re­gion.

‘‘The stu­dents have been work­ing for around three months on the pro­duc­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘ River Story is based on facts and the his­tory of the Mur­ray River and tells the tale through dif­fer­ent art forms.

‘‘It has orig­i­nal songs as well as old songs from the time eras and in­cor­po­rates dif­fer­ent dance styles.

‘‘ River Story is a jour­ney in time from the first set­tlers of the re­gion, to farm­ers nav­i­gat­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of ir­ri­ga­tion to present day with the Min­is­ter for Wa­ter be­ing ques­tioned about wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion.

‘‘There’s dra­matic scenes, hu­mour and a bit of ev­ery­thing.

‘‘It’s a very colour­ful pro­duc­tion.’’

The Kew-based school in Melbourne has de­vel­oped a tra­di­tion of tour­ing their his­tor­i­cally-based theatre pieces through ru­ral Vic­to­ria.

Per­for­mances of River Story in­clude:

■ Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, 10.30am: Hop­wood Gar­dens Ro­tunda, Echuca.

■ Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, 2pm: wharf at Port of Echuca.

■ Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, 7pm: Cross­ing Cafe´, De­niliquin. Book­ings for din­ner show can be made on 5881 7827.

■ Sun­day, Novem­ber 4, 9am and 10.45am: Sound­shell, Moama Mar­ket.

■ Sun­day, Novem­ber 4, 7pm: The Mill, Echuca. To book, call 5480 1619. In­quiries to the school on 9816 1222.

HIS­TORY RE­TOLD: Carey Bap­tist Grammar School stu­dents Amalie, Imo­gen and Henry will bring their pro­duc­tion River Story to our re­gion this week­end.

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