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The Darlington Theatre Players have always been staunch supporters of people in need and good causes and following the news of fifty-five, possibly more, houses destroyed and many, many more damaged in the Parkerville Bushfire of 12th January they tried to think of a way they could help.
Elisa Wilson, International Opera Singer (Photo courtesy of E Wilson)
Although some of their members are Volunteer Fire Brigade members, and some are carpenters and tradespeople of all kinds, what they do best is entertain, so the club is holding a concert for the benefit of those who have suffered from the widespread damage inflicted by the fire.
The most pressing need is money. Food, pet food, blankets and clothing was rushed into those centres asking for them and now the long process of re-establishing begins. And for that money is needed in large amounts.
Tessa Hutchinson with Nightowl (Photo courtesy of Nightowl)
Coles Supermarkets have offered and are honouring donations of cash 'dollar for dollar' so if the DTP raise $3,000, which is their aim, they will donate a further $3,000, making a total of $6,000.
President Robert Warner said: 'We have been humbled and appreciative of the actors, singers, bands and performers of all kinds who have offered their skills to entertain. Some have performed previously at Marloo, some have friends at Marloo, some will be traveling a long way to perform on the 1st February.
A small selection of the performers includes international opera singer Elisa Wilson; Mobozko (formerly Bear Hunt); Nightowl (featuring Tessa Hutchinson from My Fair Lady); Stephanie (Jemima in Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang) and Maddie Shaw, Gemma Sharpe (Cinderella and Nevermore); Donna Williams; Peter Nettleton; Shania Eliassen; A Kapella Munda, and many, many, more.
Tickets are on sale and selling fast, so if you want to able see these great performers and say 'I was there', book now - ring Gwyne on 9255 1783.