JUstDreamInparadise.......JUDI living in Paradise

I am fifty something and I love my family and the life I live. I'm an optimistic person by nature and I try to find a positive for every negative. I'm not a vegetarian, but the animal I eat is. I enjoy cooking, photography and scrapbooking. Since living here I have become a gardener and take immense joy in the beauty of my garden. My husband and I feel that we are the caretakers of the land rather than land owners. We run a grass fed Droughtmaster Stud on our little piece of Paradise and the cattle are a never ending supply of photo opportunities.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Two very different nights of culture.

On Thursday evening we took ourselves along to Geraghty Park Hall at Julatten for a production of SHAZ AND NICK'S BIG FAT GREEK  ITALIAN WEDDING.  The Mareeba Theatre Group extended its season to bring this wonderful play to the lucky residents of Julatten and surrounds.  The audience were the "guests" at Shaz and Nick's wedding and we were treated to a three course dinner catered for by the Mount Molloy State School.
It is hard to put into words just how great this play was.  It was certainly raunchy, but not so much that you were embarrassed, and it was extremely well acted out by the cast of 19.

The Director wrote, "Traditions!  Some of us are okay with them, others will question them.  But love them or hate them, you have to admit some of them are pretty darn crazy!  The script, which was supposedly meant to be about a Greek guy who marries an Aussie girl, just did not have the same flavour compared to an Italian wedding so we adapted it to suit our actors and it felt right!"

If you ever get a chance to see a production of this play I would highly recommend it!

Last night we had tickets to "Phantom of the Opera" produced by the Cairns Choral Society.  Phantom has been proclaimed as the World's Greatest Musical and it would be hard to refute the claim.  Not being great aficiandos of opera or musicals we went along with our friends with no preconceived ideas of what to expect and I can honestly say that we are now converts.  This production was so well done.  I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the final scene when Christine would make the decision as to who she would choose, Raoul or the Phantom.
We ran into friends at interval who had seen Phantom in London and they said that they could not tell the difference between the two shows.  The sets were amazingly realistic and when Christine and Phantom make the trip via boat into the Labyrinth Underground you could swear that they were on water.
The Cairns Choral Society put on a performance each year and it usually runs for 2-3 weeks.  Phantom was a sell-out and we are now very much looking forward to their next production.

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