Bowraville Theater Singers Bring Back the Music With Fundraising Concert – News Of The Area


Bowraville Theater Singers: (Front LR) Judith Herivel, Ruth Stuart, (Middle LR) Lissa Argue, Lorraine Francis, Helen Kirkpatrick, Leo Debattista, Pam Debattista, (Back LR) Peta Coe and Syliva Anderson.

AFTER more than two years of rehearsal hiatuses and the cancellation of three concerts, the Bowraville Theater Singers are “bringing the music back” with a fundraiser for a variety concert for the Bowraville Theatre.

Bowraville Theater Singers is a community choir with almost 20 years of existence, established after the renovation and reopening of the theater in 2003.

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The 60-voice choir typically presents two to three concerts a year offering a varied repertoire, with exciting presentations to charm audiences and appeal to a variety of tastes.

“I’m so thrilled to be back singing after a two-year hiatus,” said choir member Helen Kirkpatrick.

The choir has been planning this fundraising concert for the Bowraville Theater for some time, suffering cancellations due to Covid closures, floods and fires.

This concert will feature choir soloists, small group elements, instrumentals, guest artists and even radio plays (remember “Dad & Dave”).

The Bowraville Singers, a subgroup of the Bowraville Arts Council, will present a number of papers and an afternoon of entertainment and music.

“We have lots of fun and laughs along the way, and we share that with our audience,” said choir member Lorraine Francis.

News Of The Area caught up with some of the choir members during rehearsals, and Helen Kirkpatrick summed up her experience by saying, “There’s no such thing as performing.”

The concert will feature songs from musicals like “Les Misérables”, “Man of La Mancha” and “Carousel”.

There will be musical tributes to two big stars, Olivia Newton-John and Judith Durham, and much more.

Choir member Lissa Argue highlighted the mental health benefits of being a choir member in terms of socializing, going out and being part of a group of like-minded people.

“It’s really not just the performance aspect, but the benefits of singing for mental health reasons,” Lissa said.
Leo Debattista agreed saying, “I joined the band for the company, I also play an instrument and I love the music.”

The Bowraville Theater is able to function thanks to the generosity and hard work of volunteers, and the concert is a tribute to the determination of the Bowraville Arts Council.

The Arts Council has resisted for the past three years to keep the theater operational and is now reopening to bring the music back to the community.

Community support is essential to help the theater move forward.

The “Bringing Back the Music” Variety Concert will be presented on Sunday, September 4 at the Bowraville Theater at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are available online at www.stickytickets.com.au/ or at the door for $15.00 per ticket.

All proceeds will go to the Bowraville Theatre.

By Karen Gribbin

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