Tintenbar hall gets star role
By DAWN COHEN
BEING a Red Cross lady was not on Corrine Nash's must-do list, but pretending to be one has been a blast.
The Nashua resident is one of three cast as Red Cross women in a play celebrating the 100th birthday of Tintenbar Hall being performed this weekend.
"We have developed the roles into what we want them to be," said Corrine.
"The women were integral to the community. There is lots of scope for humour and surprises."
The production, 'She was only a Country Hall', is part of a twoweek anniversary festival. It opened yesterday and runs until Tuesday, November 15.
A character called 'The Advocate' makes news announcements throughout the production in recognition of the community newspaper's contribution to the area over the past 100 years.
Tintenbar's Red Cross women have had a continuous presence in the hall for about 90 years.
Humour, music and style shifts are used to dramatise the changing times.
"It has been a challenge to bring together about 25 people in the cast aged from six to 80, as well as the school choir," said director Jenny Hicks.
The local singer and president of Lismore Theatre Company made her directing debut earlier this year in the company's production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest'.
The celebrations have been organised by The Tintenbar Hall Centenary Committee, said member, Jeanette Rai.
"We raised about $50,000 over 18 months to spruce up the hall, and it's looking splendid now, so we decided to celebrate," she said.
'She was Only a Country Hall' is on tonight at 8pm. Adult tickets cost $10. Children and pensioner tickets cost $5.
Family tickets are $20. For information, call Jeanette on 6687 8199.