No rain in Spain, por fa­vor

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - NEWS - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

Oh, the lo­gis­tics of out­door events, says this MOG The St Ge­orge Open Air Cin­ema en­joys a packed(mother of the groom) who didn’t sleep for a month house sum­mer sea­son at this venue each year with the be­fore her el­der son’s wed­ding in spring 2015. It was an Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge and Opera House cre­at­ing a watch­ing un­ex­pect­edly weather soggy re­ports sea­son on and telly,I be­came mostly ad­dict­ed­hosted by to mmt th the mag­i­cal NSW back­drop.cap­i­tal is At such sucha show­girl mo­ments of youa city. are re­minded lasses in shiny gowns who prat­tled on about “rain­fall I have been com­pre­hen­sively rained upon twice at events” as if these were mag­i­cal oc­ca­sions to which we th these events over the past six years but, hey, then you were all in­vited, BYO brolly and gum­boots. No thanks. ju just fork out $5 for, ta da, a Biowear Eco Pon­cho made

But, the al­fresco nup­tials were a great suc­cess; windy fr from corn, soy, and sun­flower starches and sit there the show­ers bride mirac­u­lousl­yarrived and just stoppedin time about­for the 30 leaves min­utes ww­cof be­forea co with fel­low au­di­ence mem­bers look­ing like a

con­gre­ga­tion of Obi-Wan Kenobi looka­likes at a Star grand old More­ton Bay fig to cease drip­ping on to the W Wars con­ven­tion. as­sem­bled throng. These pon­chos are biodegrad­able and take about a

So, imag­ine the plan­ning that goes into some­thing as ye year to break down. I was not aware of their ex­is­tence grand (and un­shel­tered) as Handa Opera on Syd­ney du dur­ing my brief al­ter­na­tive ca­reer as a wed­ding planner. Har­bour. Un­til April 23 it’s Ge­orges Bizet’s Car­men in Ot Oth­er­wise, scores would have been stashed in the car the open air be­side Fleet Steps at Mrs Mac­quarie’s boot, along with 50 um­brel­las, an in­flat­able mar­quee, a Chair on the north­east side of the Royal Botanic rub­ber raft and a plas­tic mac cus­tom-made to slip over Gar­dens. So, ex­pect flouncy frocks and swag­ger­ing MOG’s flouncy frock. Ole! soldiers, army ve­hi­cles sus­pended on cranes and, of course, the play­ing out of the tale of the wil­ful Car­men and her suit­ors Don Jose and Es­camillo ami­did doomd and d de­spair in old Seville. The stage is about 2 ½ times larger than any in­door equiv­a­lent in Aus­tralia and is slanted in a way that sug­gests the stars could at any minute sail into the au­di­ence. It is en­tirely thrilling.

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