Mayor says Boomtown will leave a living legacy in region

Toolooa State High students Braden Funnell, Madison Wieland and Jarrod Norris, who will act as zombies, are among the large cast of locals who will feature in the epic musical Boomtown. Photo Contributed
Toolooa State High students Braden Funnell, Madison Wieland and Jarrod Norris, who will act as zombies, are among the large cast of locals who will feature in the epic musical Boomtown. Photo Contributed Contributed

AFTER attending the state launch of Queensland Music Festival's July calendar of events, including Gladstone event Boomtown, in Brisbane on Wednesday night, Mayor Gail Sellers said the Gladstone region was in for a special treat.

Cr Sellers said the epic musical production will leave a living legacy after it is played out over four nights on the Gladstone Marina foreshore in July.

"The opportunity afforded to the 400-strong cast and crew, all hailing from the Gladstone region, is a once in a lifetime occurrence for most," Cr Sellers said.

"I believe Boomtown, a musical celebration of Gladstone's recent history, will be unmatched as a positive, living legacy for the region and will be talked about for many years to come."

Cr Sellers said the free community event, presented by QMF and the council in association with the Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Faculty, had drawn tremendous sponsorship from within the Gladstone community.

Councillor Sellers said a QMF feature in the 'U on Sunday' magazine in this weekend's edition of The Sunday Mail would include a promotion for Boomtown, to be hosted from July 18 to 21.

"Hopefully, the Boomtown promotion will catch the eye of residents from outside the region and encourage them to visit Gladstone and discover how much it has to offer as a holiday destination," Cr Sellers said.

"The musical will also provide a great opportunity to showcase the musical and artistic talent within our region."

Cr Sellers said the success of the Boomtown production would not be dependent upon how many attendees it drew from outside the Gladstone region.

"This production is an epic musical telling of Gladstone's history through a young boy's eyes and I expect the Gladstone region community will strongly support the show."



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