YOU thought it was hard getting a second bridge?
St Joseph’s College is taking you back to when the first bridge was built in its upcoming production Echuca-Moama: The Great Divide.
One bridge, two towns and three mayors — what could possibly go wrong?
‘‘Well a lot can,’’ performing arts leader Aidan McLindon said.
‘‘The story takes the audience on a journey through the life and times of our two towns.
‘‘It all came about towards the end of last year when we decided we wanted to try and do Willy Wonka.’’
Due to the rights not being available in Australia, Mr McLindon went back to the drawing board.
‘‘I just thought it was great timing with the second bridge under way that we go back to when the first bridge was built.
‘‘So I challenged myself and made a fun production which the students and audience can enjoy.
‘‘And it was a fun way to include some of the local identities around now, such as Father Tink and councillor Annie Vickers, with their permission of course.’’
When the towns’ mayors go off to seek funding for the bridge to be built, both townships descend into chaos.
Mr McLindon said it was also an opportunity to have some fun.
‘‘It is a light-hearted tale which gets a lot of the students playing roles which they can really make their own,’’ he said.
‘‘A year 10 student, Hamish Thomson, is composing all the music as well.
‘‘Their are also some names some people might recognise, like the barmaid Mary-Lou and Harry Hopwood.’’
There is also a journalist named Rupert Muddoch.
Mr McLindon said the production has been student driven.
‘‘They have been great and really got on board with the characters and working the storyline out,’’ he said.
‘‘We have nine lead roles and a cast of around 40.’’
Echuca-Moama: The Great Divide will be open to the public for three shows only at the school hall.
Thursday, August 31, at 7.30pm; Friday, September 1, at 7.30pm; and Saturday, September 2, at 1pm.
■Tickets go on sale from Monday, August 14, on trybooking.com and cost $10.