Poppies inspire war memories
POPPIES made by singers will grace the stage at performances during the Anzac Day weekend.
Sandra Thorle, a member of the Bass Coast Chorale, one of the singing groups performing They Went With Songs, thought it would be rather nice to have a display of poppies on the stage at the performances.
She provided about 20 members of the chorale with poppy kits with templates, buttons and instructions.
Singers made about 20 poppies each and Sandra will transform the poppies into a display.
A small group also made paper mache World War One helmets using a genuine helmet as the template.
Chorale member Sarah Spencer-Smith said, “What was so special about doing this was thinking about the Anzacs as we made these things.
“Some of us listened to the music we will be singing whilst we worked, and the words of the songs allowed you to try and imagine what it must have been like for the boys and men who were there, and their families and loved ones they left behind.
The helmet weighs about two kilograms and Noela Thorpe, another chorale member, produced a heavy wool coat worn by an Anzac.
“We tried in vain to imagine what it must have been like to wear such a load in dreadful conditions,” Mrs Spencer-Smith said.
“We are looking forward to being part of the performances of this very thought provoking and moving Cantata that Larry Hills has composed.”
The show will be performed at Wonthaggi Town Hall, Friday, April 24 at 7.30pm; Leongatha Mesley Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 25; and Foster Arts Centre on Sunday, April 26 at 3.30pm.
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