Characters from past come alive

By Madeleine Caccianiga

The cold nights did not deter the night museum from coming to life at Kyabram Plaza Theatre last week.

Kyabram P-12 College Years 5/6 RockEd production of Dream Nation took viewers on a trip into Australia’s history when characters from the past including Eureka Stockade’s Peter Lalor, and other historical figures, such as gold digger Margaret Kennedy, the infamous Kelly gang and Caroline Chisholm took the stage.

Kyabram P-12 College performing arts teacher and director Sue Meeking said the production was a different take on the movie A Night at the Museum, in that when the guards were not looking, the exhibits came to life.

‘‘Our town saw that our young are able to meet the challenge of many hours of rehearsal and taking responsibility for their part in a project; skills that can transfer to their adult life,’’ Ms Meeking said.

Ms Meeking said standouts on stage were the surprised museum guards played by students Bek Lawson, Ella Mann, Mitch Wright and Dustin Lawler.

‘‘There were so many other impressive young people who performed that bought a smile and pride to all involved,’’ she said.

She said the students worked consistently to bring the surreal and entertaining world to life and were thankful for the Kyabram community audience.

‘‘The school is hugely grateful to the volunteers who made this event possible, such as Grant Davies, Anna Hooper, Nadine Freemantle, Ray Mueller and Bodhi Hawken,’’ she said.