• Katy Larkin, Emily O'Brien and Daniel D'Abrera

    Katy Larkin, Emily O'Brien and Daniel D'Abrera

  • Ebony Gagel, Charlotte Green, Bella Fraser and Sydney Dormer

    Ebony Gagel, Charlotte Green, Bella Fraser and Sydney Dormer

  • Jessica Fraser, Donna Larkin, Gerry Doherty and Bronwyn Whiting

    Jessica Fraser, Donna Larkin, Gerry Doherty and Bronwyn Whiting

  • Katrina Dormer, Kate Green and choreographer Katheryn Jones with baby Henry Booth

    Katrina Dormer, Kate Green and choreographer Katheryn Jones with baby Henry Booth

  • Callum Doherty (Winthrop Paroo) and Deanna Gibbs ( Marion Paroo )

    Callum Doherty (Winthrop Paroo) and Deanna Gibbs ( Marion Paroo )

  • Katy Larkin (Amaryllis) and Deanna Gibbs ( Marion Paroo )

    Katy Larkin (Amaryllis) and Deanna Gibbs ( Marion Paroo )

The Music Man Launch @ Canberra Railway Museum

25 May 2016

There’s a Canberra Railway Museum at the back of the current railway station yards, behind the omnipresent development that is the Kingston Foreshore and cheek by jowl with The Causeway. I never knew it existed, but love that the railway devotees of all things associated with trains have collected, collated and importantly restored this amazing collection.  And while this railway is a journey to nowhere it makes for a step back in time and a photo opportunity backdrop that was ideal for the Queanbeyan Players upcoming production of The Music Man’s ‘scones and fruit juice’ launch.

 Don’t mind the odd scone, and love old trains and train travel but this was at the station and the very primly attired performers in this production were feeling the chill and wanted to impress with a jolly good performance on the platform.

Now if you’ve ever seen an American marching band in all their finery pumping out ’76 Trombones’ on one of their celebratory days you’ll know that a production of The Music Man is as all American as apple pie, perky and pretty as Iowa in the springtime and ditzy and dreamy as any loopy love story because the premise alone is enough to make you wonder who thought this lot up. But there’s trouble in River City and these locals have to sort out con man Harold Hill and the wicked tale he weaves to dupe the locals.

 But it is an ideal feel good show where kids get to perform and learn to love the theatre and all that it teaches them, morality takes the high road and Harold learns that sometime the people you try to dupe will save you from yourself.

The Music Man opens at The Q Theatre in Queanbeyan on Friday 10 June and continues until 25 June.