Bats head to Casino at twilight
By NERIDA BLOK
NYREE EPPLETT is hoping for a starry night come April 17.
Preparing to host an enchanting evening of twilight opera with the return of Co-Opera to Casino next month, rain is the last thing the Richmond Valley events and cultural liaison officer wants.
"The last two years we unfortunately had to go inside," she said.
Despite previous bad weather, Ms Epplett said Casino had embraced CoOpera the past two years, which was why they were returning to the area.
"Co-Opera likes to bring opera to communities that perhaps haven't experienced opera on a regular basis before," she said.
This year Co-Opera will present its first operetta, the comedy classic Die Fledermaus, (The Bat), by Johann Strauss, at St Mary's High School oval.
Ms Epplett said event patrons were encouraged to bring a picnic rug or fold-up chair and a hamper to enjoy the performance, which will be enhanced by the participation of the Lismore Show Choir.
Expecting an audience of more than 300, Ms Epplett said there had been interest from people in towns including Bangalow and Byron Bay.
Tickets are on sale now from the Casino Visitor Information Centre at a cost of $33 adult, $28 concessional and $5 for children. Gates open 6pm for 7pm start.
For more information call Nyree Epplett on 6662 3566.