Morning Music: A Gaslight Christmas was a big success with the BPACC audience giving a standing ovation.

December 27, 2017

Santa Clause was on hand to meet the kids at Christmas on the Foreshore.

A Gaslight Christmas

On Wednesday, December 13, BPACC was full of smiling faces watching Alison Rae Jones, Roy Best, Len Vorster and compare Chris McKenna entertain the audience with their production of A Gaslight Christmas.

Soprano Alison Rae Jones is no stranger to Benalla having performed at BPACC several times in The Mikado, Sirens and several Promac Productions.

She gave a magnificent performance, much to the delight of those in attendance.

Roy Best is hailed as one of Australia’s most loved and dynamic tenors, an accolade that his performance more than confirmed.

Christmas on the foreshore

The weather was perfect for Christmas on the foreshore, which attracted hundreds of families looking to grab a photo with Santa.

Organiser Lawrence Moubarak of Fokus Footware said it was a great show of community spirit.

‘‘I’d like to give a big thank you to Coles Benalla for being the major sponsor,’’ Mr Moubarak said.

‘‘I’d also like to thank Benalla Lions Club for picking up Santa from the North Pole and arranging the food.

‘‘We also had help from Beatons Meats, Euroa Fruit Shop and Leading Edge Books, but most importantly thank you to the people of Benalla who came along and made it a great day.’’

The event was held on December 10 and featured a nativity scene, craft activities and a sausage sizzle.

Carols by Candlelight

The Benalla Lions Carols by Candlelight was a massive success again this year.

The event was moved to its new location in front of the Trewin Grandstand in the Botanical Gardens to make use of the shade.

Organiser Graeme Milner of the Benalla Lions said he was grateful for the assistance of Mitre 10 and all volunteers who helped in running the event.

‘‘Thank you to everyone who helped set this up and all the people who performed and attended,’’ Mr Milner said.

‘‘I think there was between 1200 to 1500 people there, which was a great result.

‘‘Santa arrived in the new SES truck, that vehicle is worth $250000 and it’s only thanks to the public that we are able to obtain a fantastic truck like that.

‘‘And the kids just loved it, there was 200 to 300 kids lined up to get lollies from Santa.’’

More carols

The Salvation Army and Waminda Community House ‘‘Carols by Candlelight’’ event held at BPACC on Saturday, December 16, was enjoyed by a full-house.

The event included a brass band, fantastic choreography by the TDA dancers and some mesmerising performances from the events headline singers.

The audience was quick to sing along and no doubt took many happy memories home with them.

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