Boy from Oz flags great show

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Bar­bara Lynch

A 20KG Aus­tralian flag is one of the main stars of The Boy From Oz.

The flag, which usu­ally hangs out­side Par­lia­ment House in Can­berra, ar­rived in Townsville yes­ter­day ahead of North Queens­land Opera and Mu­sic Theatre’s pro­duc­tion of the fa­mous mu­si­cal.

At a stag­ger­ing 12.8m by 6.4m, the Aus­tralian flag will hang in the theatre from March 13 and will be a fo­cal point dur­ing the song I Still Call Aus­tralia Home.

Di­rec­tor Bill Munro ex­pected the au­di­ence to be­come emo­tional or start to clap when the flag was low­ered.

‘‘ The show wouldn’t be the same with­out the flag. Hav­ing this icon in the show makes peo­ple proud to be Aus­tralian,’’ he said.

The Boy From Oz is at Townsville Civic Theatre from March 17-26. Tick­ets range from $ 25-40, to book p h o n e 4 7 2 7 9 7 9 7 o r v i s i t www. townsville. qld. gov. au.

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