Per­form­ing arts trib­ute

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY SARAH SCULLY

The ‘cream’ of the Wim­mera’s per­form­ing arts tal­ent will take to the Hor­sham Town Hall the­atre stage on Satur­day night to pay trib­ute to the late Richard Morris.

This year marks the 14th Richard Morris Me­mo­rial Con­cert, which cel­e­brates the pas­sion­ate the­atre-goer and his com­mit­ment to nur­tur­ing young tal­ent.

Con­cert or­gan­iser Jan Morris said her husband would have been thrilled by his legacy, par­tic­u­larly by the schol­ar­ship bear­ing his name.

“The schol­ar­ship isn’t about mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence, but about pas­sion for per­form­ing arts and what some­one wants to achieve,” she said.

“It can be for a back­stage per­son or some­one who wants to pur­sue cos­tumes or light­ing – our schol­ar­ship cov­ers all as­pects of per­form­ing arts.”

Three dif­fer­ent judges se­lect the schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent each year.

The re­cip­i­ent will re­ceive a $1000 schol­ar­ship at the con­cert.

“We hope in the fu­ture we might be able to give out two,” Mrs Morris said.

She said al­though she usu­ally pro­duced the con­cert and ap­pointed a di­rec­tor, this year’s event was the re­sult of a more col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach.

“This year there’s a team of us bring­ing it all to­gether: Si­mon Dandy, Luke Mit­ton, Pauline Sch­midt, Jenny Grover and my­self,” she said.

“It’s been great be­cause we all have dif­fer­ent ar­eas of ex­per­tise. They’re more pas­sion­ate about it than I am. They love it.”

Mrs Morris said she was pleased with the line up the group had pulled to­gether.

“We have 20 items, in­clud­ing the or­phans from Hor­sham Arts Coun­cil’s An­nie and a scene from Hor­sham Col­lege’s Legally Blonde,” she said.

“We ba­si­cally take all the best items out of all the shows in the re­gion and we’re thrilled with this year’s round up.

“The au­di­ence is in for an ex­cel­lent night of en­ter­tain­ment.”

Mrs Morris said tick­ets were sell­ing well, al­though sev­eral seats were still avail­able.

Tick­ets cost $35 for adults and $30 con­ces­sion.

They are avail­able on­line at www.hor­sham­town­ or the town hall box of­fice.

A ‘meet and greet’ with per­form­ers will fol­low the con­cert.

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