The Mitchell Shire Concert Band Armistice Centenary 1918-2018 show opening night in Seymour was a huge success on Saturday.
The cast, band and crew had worked tirelessly for months to put together this special tribute to the soldiers of World War I and the Armistice.
The show will be performed again at the Wallan Secondary College auditorium on Saturday at 7.30pm and the final performance will take place on Sunday at 2.30pm at the Broadford Shire Hall.
Profits from these shows go to the RSL and Legacy.
For bookings, go to www.mitchellshireconcert band.org.au and click the TryBooking link, or phone 0420200278.
An audience member wrote to band president Nigel Divito after Saturday night’s show congratulating the band and the assistants on the ‘‘wonderful’’ concert.
‘‘I was a little hesitant about attending as my wonderful maternal grandfather served in Fromelles during WWI,’’ they said.
‘‘I spent a lot of time with him and grandma and can still remember him sitting me on his skinny legs and teaching me Mademoiselle from Armentieres.
‘‘I finally managed to sing a little of the song at the end last night. Thankfully I took some cloth hankies.
‘‘The addition of the humour helped negate the emotion of the memories of the wars.
‘‘The obvious enjoyment and enthusiasm of the cast was incredible and I believe added to the enjoyment of the audience.
‘‘I loved the picture of the war and its impact on the soldiers; something we didn’t learn from the men in my family, all of whom served in both wars.
‘‘Thank you again and I look forward to attending many concerts in the future.’’