On Thursday the 4th of September, the Rural Commemorative Youth Choir was privileged to have the great opportunity to perform as a supporting act for the play, "Through These Lines," an historical drama based on letters written by WWI Nurse Florence Whiting. We first performed at the matinee at 1:00pm. After watching the first half of the play, we really had to pull ourselves together in order to sing! The actors portrayed the horror and devastation of the war with remarkable clarity which showed us the hardships these brave men and women suffered so that we could be "young and free". As soon as the interval arrived we hurried out to have a brief 8 minute warm up and to get ourselves prepared. We then marched back in singing "It's A Long Way Boys Up To Sydney". After Samantha Brangrove had finished her moving rendition of the poem, "The Nurse", by C.G. Mitchell, we launched into the rousing anthem "Young and Free", for which we received prolonged applause. Sitting back down in our seats, we settled in to watch the second half of the play.
Later in the evening we sang again to a larger audience. With school commitments completed, more of the choir were able to join in and Hannah Mitchell confidently sang the first chorus as a solo. Hannah is a very talented singer who has gone on to come second in the Sydney Eisteddfod. All of the choir looked fabulous in the authentic WWI nurses uniforms that, for two weeks prior to this show, our terrific support team had labored over in order to get them finished by the deadline. When the play had ended we met and had photos with the cast and collected their autographs. In response to the play, members of the choir stated, "Though the play was confronting it was good to have it portrayed in real life and not just from a book." What a wonderful experience, something we shall hopefully be doing more of in the future.
By A.P., Studio Choir Member
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