District singers star on Numurkah stage

May 15, 2018

Chloe Hicks starred as Anne Shirley alongside Andrew Skinner and Jane Willis.

Rhiannon Waites, Jorjee Guy, Eva James, Vikki Guy and Kelsey Walker perform in Anne Of Green Gables.

Numurkah Singers welcomed strong crowds to Numurkah town hall in the past two weeks for their Anne Of Green Gables production.

The show, directed by Beryl White, told the story of main character Anne and her relationship with the family which begrudgingly adopted her.

‘‘Though originally a novel from 1908, you can’t let the era fool you, with many suggestive jokes and salacious acts that had mouths dropped, and eyes wide open,’’ performer Eva James said.

More than 50 people made up the cast and crew, with main characters played by Chloe Hicks, Jane Willis, Andrew Skinner, Josh Miles, Eva James, Teagan Clarke, Sophie Guy and Kelsey Walker.

‘‘This commitment we have made was to give something special to Numurkah,’’ Ms James said.

‘‘Though we were all nervous, everyone has become close and supportive.

‘‘Without Singers, many of us would never know the power we held inside of us,’’ she said.

Ms Hicks played character Anne Shirley, who yearns for lifelong friendships and mentors.

‘‘Anne Shirley is melodramatic but soon becomes quite aware that in life it is not about what the world has in store for her, but instead what she can bring to the world,’’ she said.

Ms James said even those who did not usually go to musicals found joy in the Singers’ performance.

Shepparton-based community radio station One FM was full of praise for the production.

‘‘Upon reflection of the Numurkah Singers’ musical Anne Of Green Gables, I was impressed with the singing. I thoroughly enjoyed the set and the props were outstanding, the changing of the scenery was quite a marvel to behold,’’ One FM radio presenter Sidney Aspland said.

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