RENOWNED throughout the Goulburn Valley for providing much and varied entertainment over many years, the Turaton Music Company choir is in the midst of rehearsals for the coming May concert season. For the cast and crew, rehearsing is always enjoyable and culminates finally in performances, which have become wonderful memories.
Turaton Music Company choir member, Jeanette Doherty said, “In the late eighties Turaton performed Brigadoon in the Civic Centre to huge crowds. In one very sad scene, the villagers all gather to mourn the death of a young local lad.
“Cameron Lancaster played the part very well. During this scene, he lay flat on the stage floor right at the back of the stage and was covered by a blanket. The head villager solemnly draws the cloth back for one last sad farewell to this much-loved lad. Cameron lay perfectly still with eyes closed during this segment.
“All the cast, naturally, have to be sad and distressed. During the last performance, with all cast assembled on stage for this very sad scene, the cloth is drawn back to reveal a grinning corpse with eyes wide open and a red rose clutched between his teeth.
“The head villager jumped back, put both hands to his face to cover his laughter. Most of the cast could see what was going on although the audience could not. The cast had real tears, heaving shoulders and shaking bodies, trying to subdue their laughter. This little action by Cameron actually produced the most convincing scene of the whole series. The audience never knew that everyone on stage was laughing, not crying.”
The coming May performance is in concert form with individual artists from the choir as well as big numbers by the full choir. There will be six performances over three weekends being performed in Rochester, Dookie, Shepparton, Murchison and Tatura between 20 May and 4 June. Details are available at www.turaton.org.au and Turaton’s Facebook page.