At the ‘‘11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month’’ of 1918 an armistice agreement was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne in France which signalled the end of hostilities on the Western Front.
The Mitchell Shire Concert Band together with Sean McKenna (Welded Shut Productions), District 9 of the Returned Services League (RSL), Broadford Amateur Theatrical Society (BATS), and Seymour Performers Workshop (SPW), are planning a series of shows to commemorate the centenary of this important historic event.
The Armistice Centenary production will follow a similar format their ANZAC Centenary Concerts in 2015 with short ‘‘snapshots’’ of life at the time, interleaved with songs and music.
Sean McKenna has written the script for the dramatic pieces. He became well known in the area initially for his acting in several productions by BATS, SPW and other companies. Since then Sean has also built a reputation as a playwright with Ducks On The Pond, Gravedigger, and Lines.
Eric Andersen is the music director of the MSCB and as such is responsible for selecting the music (in consultation with Sean, director Brett Harvey and key performers), and helping the members of the band to be at their best on the night. Eric has spent most of his working life as a musician, band leader and instructor in the Australian Army, and is highly motivated to put on a memorable show for this occasion.
Eric and the MSCB are commissioning a new piece of music to be written especially for this performance.
Putting on a show like this requires a lot of support in terms of venues, staging, lighting, sound and transport.
The costs add up so the band is seeking support from the community and have set up a crowd funding campaign through Mycause.
For more information email Pam at [email protected] concertband.org.au or phone 0420200278.
To donate to the MSCB visit mitchellshireconcertband.org.au