Musicals strike chord at festival
ORGANISERS of the Tweed Valley Banana Festival have announced the theme of this year's event is to be Musicals – prompting a flush of early ideas from community groups on how to ensure their displays were in tune with others.
The theme was a hit among groups who traditionally take part in the week-long festival and particularly in the main day parade through Murwillumbah's central streets.
Festival secretary Grace Molloy said work had already begun putting together plans for this year's festival.
The decision on the theme followed the great success of last year's festival which had the theme, Heroes and Villains.
The committee has already organised a poster on the Murwillumbah Bridge showing its mascot “Banana Jim” posing with the slogan, The hills are alive with the sound of music.
Ms Molloy said five queen contestants, aged 18 to 25, had come forward but organisers, who last night held a meeting open to the public, were chasing more.
“This year promises to be fun and colourful,” she said.
Murwillumbah and District Business Chamber president Toni Zuschke yesterday welcomed the theme.
“These days music is a big thing for youth,” she said.
“Everyone likes a chance to perform. Entertainment is what it's all about these days,” she added.
Local private drama teacher Lachlan Glasby was also enthusiastic.
“It does embrace the entertaining side of the Tweed Valley,” he said.
“We will probably plan some street theatre.”