$500 of Maleny IGA CBC contributions have come in handy to assist the Maleny Singers pay for their contribution towards a joint project between the group and their sister group, the Maleny Players. The two groups each contributed half of the $1000 needed to purchase a well needed back drop curtain for the Maleny Community Centre which will greatly enhance use of the hall for productions.

Following the refurbishment of the hall, the Community Centre was fitted with a ‘banjo’ curtain rail, allowing the stage to have a backdrop curtain that can be used on both sides; the only thing missing was the actual curtain. So the two community thespian groups put their heads together and decided to each pay half each to purchase a backdrop curtain that can be used for performances, for many years to come. Maleny Singers President, Phil Simmons welcomed the chance to use some of their Maleny IGA CBC monies on such a worthy community project and thanked their contributors.

The curtain has been bought, painted and hung in the community centre in preparation for the upcoming June performances of the Maleny Singers, ‘Die Fledermaus’ opera production, opening on the 21st of June at the Maleny Community Centre. The opera, hailed as one of Johann Strauss’ ‘most famous and hilarious parties’ tells the story of Gabriel von Eisenstein, who disguises himself as a Frenchman to attend a ball held by Prince Orlofsky, at the insistence of his friend, Dr Falke. Despite being due to attend prison that day, Gabriel attends the ball and falls into the trap of Falke, who seeks revenge on his unknowing friend. When the prison governor arrives to take Gabriel to jail he finds his wife in a compromising position with her ex-lover, Alfredo, who is taken to jail in his stead. What follows is a hilarious chain of events leading up to the discovery of Gabriel’s true identity, and the completion of Falke’s plan.

Following the Die Fledermaus production, the curtain will be repainted and used for the Maleny Players annual pantomime production of Peter Pan, which will show later in the year. Phil says the Maleny Singers were excited about the opportunity to “use the IGA money to buy a real asset for the community”.

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