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COORDINATING a dance
routine for 50 dancers of
varying ages and abilities is
a mammoth task, but it is one
dance teacher Lisa Pellin is
taking in her stride as she pre-
pares the cast of Lyric The-
atre’s upcoming production of
“It’s a bit of challenge and we have
to think outside of the box and see what
we can get happening. There’s a broad
range of ages and standards, and we’re
giving everyone a chance, while keep-
ing the standard high,” she said.
The result is some amazing cho-
reography, which includes Adrian
Darakai’s character Bert tap dancing
with the chimney sweeps on London’s
rooftops in Step In Time, and a fun
dance sequence in Let’s Go Fly a Kite.
There’s a great camaraderie among
the team, with everyone helping each
other out and the early results are im-
A Lyric production is not new
to Lisa. She was choreographer for
nd Street, Guys and Dolls,
Me and My Gal, among others. It’s
been an eight year break since her
It’s the first time she’s worked
with so many children on a musical,
and her encouragement and patience
“It’s a real challenge for everyone,
but it is lots of fun,” Lisa said.
Lisa has no intention of a cameo ap-
pearance on stage; she is very much a
behind the scenes person, contributing
many hours of planning and rehearsals.
At some sessions she has been joined
by her son Xavier, who supports the
dancers and helps the cast to master
The hard work is paying off and
audiences will delight in the fabulous
Mary Poppins will open on Friday
night, July 1. The show closes on Sat-
urday, July 16. Tickets are available
online through the Leongatha Lyric
Theatre website, www.lyrictheatre.net.
au. Tickets cost $35 for adults, and $25
for concession and children.
Coming together: unwinding after an energetic rehearsal of Step in Time, Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s Mary
Poppins dancers are, from left, Bella Thorpe, Shelley Lawrence, Morgan Mitchelson, Matilda Chalmers, cho-
reographer Lisa Pellin, Grace Patterson, Georgia Anton, Adrian Darakai (Bert), Jackson Patterson, and Maddie
Mary Poppins dancers
THE Fish Creek and District Fire
Brigade held a dinner on April 1
to acknowledge the continued
work and effort of members of the
ladies auxiliary and mark the end
of another busy fire season.
Service medals were presented to
five dedicated members of the auxiliary,
ranging from 10 years of service up to 30
years of service.
Auxiliary president Kath Gilbert
thanked the ladies for their continued
willingness and ability to provide food
at short notice for brigade members after
incidents, as well as on total fire ban days
for the workers at the Local Command
Facility at the Fish Creek station.
The ladies were also thanked for their
continued fundraising efforts.
Ladies have enquired about joining
the auxiliary and with only six years to
go until the auxiliary celebrates its 50th
anniversary, it is a great time to increase
The next meeting is scheduled for
7.30pm on Monday, May 9 at the Fish
Creek Fire Station and everyone is wel-
come. If you would like further informa-
tion, contact Kath on 0419 135 992.
Thanks a million: members of the Fish Creek and District Fire Brigade’s
ladies auxiliary to receive service medals were, from left, Imelda Elliott, 30
years; Glenys Thompson, 30 years; Helen Pulham, 25 years; Carol Bohn (back
row), 15 years; and Sharyn Fisher, 10 years.
Brigade rewards ladies
LEONGATHA Probus Club
members explored fascinating
locations around Melbourne
They visited the heritage listed
building of The Mission to Seafarers,
learning about the services provided to
At the nearby Police Museum, they
discovered how police uniforms have
changed over time, and learned the sad
stories of the Russell Street bombing
and that bushranger Ned Kelly was not
a national hero.
After a lunch of fish and chips at The
Mission To Seafarers, they explored the
Melbourne Fire Brigade Museum to
discover how transport and communi-
cations have changed over the years.
A most interesting day was had by
all, living up to the Probus motto, “Fel-
lowship, friendship and fun”.
Club members thanked Jenny
Teague for organising the day.
For information about Probus
phone Pauline on 5662 3996.
City bound: members of Leongatha Probus Club discovered some intriguing attractions around Mel-
bourne during a recent visit.
Probus explores city
WHAT do you do with some
imagination and a stack of recy-
Turn your dad into a superhero of
course, bestowing upon them such super-
powers as flight.
This was just one of the fun activities
enjoyed by the 14 dads and 20 children who
participated in Phillip Island Nature Parks’
annual Dads‘n’Kids camping event held at
Churchill Island recently.
The weather was just perfect for the sand
castle building competition, held on Sum-
This year ’s theme of ‘Bigger is Better ’
saw larger than life penguins, octopus, fish
and turtles being constructed as well as en-
tire cities complete with houses, castles, de-
fensive walls and motorbike tracks, giving
the penguins a slightly different landscape
to observe as they crossed the beach that
Dads and children tested their knowl-
edge of each other by answering such tricky
questions as “Who is your child’s best friend
this week?” and “When he was a child, what
did dad want to be when he grew up?”
Helen Masters, education ranger with
Phillip Island Nature Parks said, “It was
fantastic to see such a good turn out for this
year’s event, with a total of 12 girls and
eight boys spending the weekend outdoors
with their dads.
“Everyone really enjoyed some of the
old favourite activities like, the night-time
koala prowl, and definitely cooking damper
and marshmallows over the open fire”.
Other activities included some fun team-
building games , and a scavenger hunt which
saw families searching all around Churchill
Island for lots of hidden treasures including
tiny shells, tufts of sheep wool and peacock
“Mums will have their chance to spend
some outdoors time with their children
in the safe and welcoming environment
of Churchill Island during the inaugural
Mums’n’Kids camping weekend, due to be
held later this year,” Ms Masters said.
Outdoors fun: from left, Soliel, Dugald and Tore Christie-Johnston had a ball
at Phillip Island Nature Parks’ annual Dads’n’Kids camping event.
Dads, children enjoy
jam packed weekend
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