Two Show Stoppers performances lit up the stage at the weekend — with both cabaret-style concerts sold out. More than 550 people turned out for the events at Eastbank, hosted by the Shepparton Theatre Arts Group.
STAG president Fiona Kennan said the shows were raising money to help fund STAG’s new Black Box Theatre being built at the group’s Wheeler St rehearsal rooms.
Former and current STAG performers Ric Birkett, Pam Christie-Birkett, Jan Deane, Marc McIntyre, Helen Malloy-Janke, Chris Walker and Nicky Pummeroy put on an impressive show.
Founding member and director of Melbourne Opera Roger Howell was also there as a special guest performer.
‘‘We had a total of about 570 people,’’ Ms Kennan said.
‘‘It was more than expected — we were really blown away by the support from people.’’
She said a good combination of excellent music meant it was a memorable night.
Ms Kennan said about $15 000 was raised as a result of the two shows.
‘‘It’s all going towards renovation of the theatre,’’ she said.
‘‘We want to be able to hold performances there in a more intimate space, so there’s quite a bit of renovation (to be done).’’
Ms Kennan said the aim was to make the venue all-abilities friendly.
‘‘(The money) will go a long way towards doing what we need to do and upgrading the space.’’
She said money raised by the STAG group was always ploughed back into production and improvements.
‘‘It was a brilliant performance and there was a standing ovation — it was really exciting,’’ she said.
The group’s next performance is Murder to Death,
The show runs from September 12 to 20th at Mooroopna Hall.
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