Big River Dreaming, the musical, to feature as a Gwydir wide celebration.

March 12, 2012

The 150th Anniversary of public education in Bingara in 2012, will provide the backdrop for an original musical involving students and staff from Bingara Central School, Warialda High School and the wider Gwydir community, along with the North West Theatre Company and Bingara Pre School.

The musical, Big River Dreaming, has been composed by Rick Hutton and arranged by Daniel “Muz” Murray from Newcastle University. The Producer of the show is Jon Alliston, with Musical Director Robyn Conway and Director, Rick Hutton.

“This is an exciting venture for our school and community,” said BCS Principal Mark Vale. “After the success of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2010, our school is once again keen and delighted to engage in a major musical production, especially one which tells a story of our school and town. To do it in this sesqui-centenary anniversary year is a real treat which I think our students, staff and parents will greatly enjoy.”

The president of the NWTC and former Mayor of Bingara Shire, John Wearne AM, said, “Big River Dreaming is a community showcase. From our pre-history to the present day and involving our current littlies to our seniors, there will be wonderful stories and songs to enjoy in this August production.”

Composer and Director Rick Hutton said, “The Gwydir Shire is full of great tales, landscapes, and characters that make wonderful subjects for songs and dances. The task in Big River Dreaming is to blend all of these together in an entertainment that will delight and capture the imagination of performers, helpers and audiences.” He said.

Casting for Big River Dreaming has been completed and the announcements made at the schools this week. There will be six performances, all at the Roxy Theatre between August 9 and 19. Tickets will be available from early May.