On song: Ballarat City councillor Samantha McIntosh with members of the Federation University Graduating Actors Company, who will perform as part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCESTURT Street was alive with the sound of Federation University performing arts students on Thursday.
The Federation University Graduating Actors Company students were warming up their vocal chords for next month’s Ballarat Heritage Weekend.
The students have been behind the scenes preparing to perform a series of war-themed shows, including the epic 1960s musical Oh, What a Lovely War.
The musical will be performed nightly at the Helen Macpherson Smith Theatre.
Students will also perform in a pop-up concert featuring iconic songs from both World Wars at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Director of the project Bryce Ives said all the performances were about retelling iconic chapters in Australia’s history.
“It will be a rigorous work of art,” Mr Ives said.
“The idea behind the concept is to connect and draw comparisons between now and what people were experiencing during wartime 100 years ago.”
He said students would also be taking patrons on a walking Anzac tour, which will retrace the steps of World War I soldiers in Ballarat.
Mr Ives said students will be reading personal diary passages and letters from World War I soldiers during the tour.
People are also invited to bring along their own war memorabilia.
City of Ballarat councillor Samantha McIntosh said Ballarat’s unique historic streetscape would come to life for the weekend.
“We all know history lives in Ballarat all year round but Heritage Weekend really is our chance to celebrate and discover parts of Ballarat you may have never explored before,” Cr McIntosh said. “It will be a particularly significant historical showcase this year as we come into the Anzac centenary.”
Other highlights of the weekend will include an extensive display of military vehicles, steam train and double decker bus rides around the city.
Fashion enthusiasts can step back in time with a Charlotte Smith war-themed fashion parade and an exhibition dedicated to vintage aprons.
Special guests will include archaeologist and ABC television host of Who’s Been Sleeping In My House, Adam Ford.
Ballarat Heritage Weekend will be held from May 9 to 10 from 10am to 5pm.
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