Mary Pop­pins here once in a blue moon so book your seats spit- spot

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE - with Brian Pease

THIS year is shap­ing up as a great year for en­ter­tain­ment with plenty hap­pen­ing for ev­ery­one.

The Townsville Choral So­ci­ety has been work­ing hard to bring to life the great Broad­way mu­si­cal Mary Pop­pins, with a tal­ented cast of 60.

Re­hearsals are well un­der way with great dance rou­tines and toe tap­ping songs in­clud­ing Chim Chim­ney, Feed the Birds, Spoon­ful of Sugar, Let’s Go Fly A Kite and not for­get­ting Su­per­cal­ifrag­ilis­tic­ex­pi­ali­do­cious.

I called in to see how it is all go­ing and the sets and cos­tumes are just great. The spe­cial ef­fects which are syn­ony­mous with the show are out­stand­ing and sur­pris­ing, to say the least. Book­ings are open and tick­ets are mov­ing fast. There are two won­der­ful sur­prises in this show which have never been seen be­fore at the Civic. Mary Pop­pins is on at the Civic Theatre for 10 per­for­mances from Au­gust 26 to Septem­ber 3.

If you are think­ing of trav­el­ling to Syd­ney in Septem­ber there are two great mu­si­cals worth see­ing in­clud­ing Any­thing Goes, with Todd McKen­ney and Caro­line O’Con­nor at the Syd­ney Opera House, and a mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of Matilda at the Lyric Theatre, which is the one ev­ery­one is rav­ing about but both are work a look.

Au­di­tions will be­gin for An­nie in Townsville later this year and in Oc­to­ber Satur­day Night Fever will come to Townsville.

The Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic starts this Fri­day to Au­gust 8, with 30 con­certs and spe­cial events at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions and 40 mu­si­cians vis­it­ing from around the world to per­form in Townsville.

There is ev­ery­thing from ro­man­tic sunset con­certs and a free con­cert in Queens Gar­dens, two fun- filled con­cert crawls, an en­ter­tain­ing fam­ily con­cert. Check with the Civic Theatre for more in­for­ma­tion on the line up.

This Satur­day is the first of the bi­monthly va­ri­ety dance nights fea­tur­ing old time, ball­room, Latin, rock’n’roll and boot scootin’ with mu­sic by dance band Pal­la­dium at the Wul­guru Com­mu­nity Hall in Edi­son St, from 7.30pm. $ 10 with a light supper and lucky door prize. For more in­for­ma­tion call 4779 4517

Townsville PCYC Melodies is on Au­gust 14, with en­ter­tain­ment by dance band Pal­la­dium at Welling­ton St, Aitken­vale from 10am to 12.30pm, cost is $ 10 and bus pick- up is avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion please phone 4781 9100.

Take care and don’t for­get that if you have any in­for­ma­tion that you would like to have in­cluded in Around the Arts Scene please email rpease@big­pond.net.au or phone 4779 2495 be­fore Au­gust 4.

Pic­tures: WES­LEY MONTS

SU­PER­CAL­IFRAG­ILIS­TIC­EX­PI­ALI­DO­CIOUS: Ryan Mills and Karen Thomas get into char­ac­ter for the open­ing of the Mary Pop­pins per­for­mances in Townsville.

Denise Higgins, Brett Green­land, Alexan­dra Mac­don­ald and Lach­lan Wil­liams in Mary Pop­pins.

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