Journey in time

By Riverine Herald

CAREY Baptist Grammar School students will bring its production River Story to the region this weekend.

Its rich history combined with its current ecological issues have inspired 57 of the middle school students to tour River Story — an original musical theatre piece telling the stories of the river through music, drama, dance and song.

River Story draws deeply from Victoria’s colourful history and presents a powerful message about valuing our natural heritage.

In this thought-provoking hour of family entertainment, Carey’s year 7-9 students play multiple roles as actors, dancers, narrators and soloists, accompanied by a variety of instrumental ensembles.

The show’s producer and Carey’s performing arts leader of learning Martin Arnold is thrilled to bring his students to the region.

‘‘The students have been working for around three months on the production,’’ he said.

‘‘River Story is based on facts and the history of the Murray River and tells the tale through different art forms.

‘‘It has original songs as well as old songs from the time eras and incorporates different dance styles.

‘‘River Story is a journey in time from the first settlers of the region, to farmers navigating the introduction of irrigation to present day with the Minister for Water being questioned about water allocation.

‘‘There’s dramatic scenes, humour and a bit of everything.

‘‘It’s a very colourful production.’’

The Kew-based school in Melbourne has developed a tradition of touring their historically-based theatre pieces through rural Victoria.

Performances of River Story include:

■Saturday, November 3, 10.30am: Hopwood Gardens Rotunda, Echuca.

■Saturday, November 3, 2pm: wharf at Port of Echuca.

■Saturday, November 3, 7pm: Crossing Café, Deniliquin. Bookings for dinner show can be made on 58817827.

■Sunday, November 4, 9am and 10.45am: Soundshell, Moama Market.

■Sunday, November 4, 7pm: The Mill, Echuca. To book, call 54801619.

Inquiries to the school on 98161222.