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Drive-in opera at silos sold-out
“With restrictions further relaxed on the weekend, people will now be able to bring friends in their car” – Wendy Hewitt
A Rotary Drive-in Opera at Sheep Hills silos on Saturday is all but a sell-out with organisers of the unique event overwhelmed with a public response.
Ticket sales opened on Tuesday last week and by the end of the day about 80 percent had gone to enthusiastic patrons.
By the Thursday night, all 101 available tickets were gone, forcing the development of a waiting list.
Organisers are also reassessing patron circumstances with further easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Rotary Club of Warracknabeal secretary Wendy Hewitt said the public response to the event, which featured ‘Belle of Boolite’ Sophia Laursen Habel, showed how keen people were to get out and about.
“It also shows their acceptance to restrictions placed around such events,” she said.
“With restrictions further relaxed on the weekend, people will now be able to bring friends in their car.
“In addition, from 6pm this Friday, all Victorians will now be able to travel across the state.
“This opens opportunities for family and friends from metropolitan areas to come and enjoy this unique entertainment experience.”
Mrs Hewitt said while the new freedoms were welcome, everyone involved needed to be ‘very’ mindful of protective measures in place and that the virus was still in the Victorian community.
“Patrons will still be required to wear masks, stay in their car unless accessing food, drinks and toilets, and to social distance when out of the car,” she said.
“Above all, we will have a fantastic night and we thank so many local people for their great support.
“The last planning meeting with performers was at the weekend and all is set for an amazing and unique experience at our Sheep Hills silos. We’re very excited.
“People who have already booked tickets will receive an email this week informing them of the latest changes.”
Mrs Hewitt said anyone wanting to go on a waiting list for a ticket could call her on 0427 332 193.
Rotary club objectives in organising the drive-in opera were to celebrate Laursen Habel before she left
for Europe next month; to provide a COVID-SAFE community event in the region; to give people access to a high-class, live musical performance in an iconic district setting; and to generate money for a Warracknabeal district Country Education Fund.
The show starts at 7.30pm and patrons will be able to enter the site from 6.30pm.
Tickets are $100 per car and on arrival at the venue, patrons will need to register with a QR code or manually.
Patrons will also get a dedicated
radio frequency on entry to tune in for the show on their car radio, courtesy of ACE Radio.
Mrs Hewitt said anyone with questions could call her or club president John Aitken on 0418 103 697.