Waltzing Matilda to star at the National
By RENEE REDMOND
MARK EADY is calling for the region's most talented singers, dancers, bush poets and even horse riders to come forward and be part of this year's Summerland Credit Union Waltzing Matilda Story.
Peter Ryan, of Tabulam, has already been chosen for the lead role playing the great Australian poet and icon, Banjo Patterson.
The show will be the centrepiece feature of the North Coast National in October, and organisers hope it will be a drawcard to encourage more people through the gate.
Mr Eady, of Ozworks Entertainment, said his job was to put together a performance using local people, with the aim to bring more people back to the show.
"It's about momentum and looking at ways to showcase the talent of the local community," he said.
Mark said this year's show was an intriguing journey back to the story of Waltzing Matilda.
"It's our nation's most favourite poem by Banjo Patterson," he said.
Mark said his aim was to increase numbers at regional agricultural shows to keep them going.
"In Toowoomba we increased the gate numbers by 43 per cent by introducing a feature attraction and involving the community," he said.
North Coast National secretary Ian Mulligan said last year's Summerland Credit Union 100 Years on Ground Arena Spectacular, which featured over 500 local performers, contributed to the increase of about $10,000 in ticket sales.
Mr Mulligan said he saw the Waltzing Matilda Story two years ago and was impressed.
"It was brilliant, it goes for about an hour and the music and theatrics of the show are amazing," he said.
Summerland Credit Union marketing manager Matt Hogno said the company had a strong policy of sponsoring events which were of benefit for the whole community.
"We like to get involved because it's a real community event which the whole region can come and en- joy," he said.
Mr Mulligan said the North Coast National would run from October 19-22 and he expected even bigger crowds than last year.
If you would like to be part of the North Coast National's Summerland Credit Union Waltzing Matilda Story production, contact the Lismore show office on 6621 5916.