...we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” - Gloria Steinem
When Diamond Creek Rotary was first approached by Renee Mackenzie and Meg Deyell to consider sponsoring a production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Dream’, I know that some members were sceptical. They doubted that the event would be successful and were concerned that attendances would be low.
How pleased I am that we decided to follow the excitement of possibilities and that we chose to support this sensational event. At the time of writing this, two performances have taken place and about 450 people have attended so far! We could not have asked for better weather and the producers even have rugs on loan, in case the patrons are feeling a bit chilly!
The first performances have taken place at Alistair Knox Park in Eltham and what a buzz there has been in the air before they commence. The enthusiasm has been palpable as patrons arrived armed with picnics and chairs, eagerly anticipating the production.
Prior to the show there is time to dine al fresco, browse the vintage clothing stall or view the
historical display. The play is set in 1946 and the organisers have put together a fascinating
exhibition of items and photos of Nillumbik at this time. I just loved the sash that belonged to Miss Diamond Creek 1947 and the accompanying newspaper article!
For the younger members of the audience (and that included our helpers from Rotaract, two of whom looked quite amazing!), you can participate in some imaginative face painting. -And if you forget your picnic or are still feeling peckish, the Rotary Club of Bundoora is on hand with their barbeque trailer to sell you one of their delicious sausages! Many thanks to them for supporting us at this event.
In sponsoring this event, we have been able to provide something new and different for the local community and I am pleased to see that they have responded with enthusiasm. Will this become an annual event? I hope so.
Thank you to those members who chose to follow ‘The Dream’ – the work that you have put in so far has been much appreciated and has helped to make the event such a success.
If you have not yet seen one of the shows, book some tickets for next week in Diamond Creek – I am sure that you will not be disappointed. It is just fantastic!
Missed it? The Dream will be playing at Watkins Street Reserve in Diamond Creek from Friday 9th of February to Sunday the 11th.
Get your tickets Here!