June is musical comedy time of year for the multi-talented Maleny Singers and, unless the dreaded COVID intervenes, the Maleny Community Centre will echo to the sound of laughter, music and feet stamping.
This year the Singers have vowed to make their performance a special one as it is devoted to raising funds for the Rural Fire Service (RFS).
While it seems a long time since that disastrous bushfire season of 2020, firefighters certainly haven’t forgotten and are delighted that the local community is supporting them at events like this.
The singers have been in rehearsal since February and last week the RFS came along in full costume to lend a hand.
The Singers’s splendid costumes have come from around the country, with financial help from the suppliers, who wanted to do their bit for the men and women who keep us safe from fire.
The production itself – ‘Yeomen of the Guard’, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s more durable comic operas – will be performed on June 12, 13, 19 and 20.
With long-time favourites Colin Dunn, Evalee Sharples and Viera Keogh in lead roles, and Margaret Taylor’s astute musical direction and stagecraft, the singing should be memorable.
Critics say this is one of Arthur Sullivan’s best scores, befitting Gilbert’s libretto. Although his usual quota of humorous one-liners can be heard, the storyline also carries a certain sadness, beautifully brought out by the gentle harmonies of the arias and quartets.
The show promises to be a wonderful one and is for a great cause, so block out your diaries, come along and enjoy a spectacular performance.
Tickets are adults $35, concession $30 and child (up to 15) $10. Bookings can be made through