THE anticipation is building for the cast and crew of super-production Boomtown, with the last stretch of rehearsals in progress.

"We're getting really close to crunch time now," Queensland Music Festival choreographer Neridah Waters said.

"It will be exciting to see how many people in the community turn up.

"That many people in Gladstone gathering outside for an entertainment reason, it's really special."

The first major rehearsal was held on the weekend.

Band and orchestra members combined with the main cast, dancers and zombies.

"I think everyone in the cast and crew realised 'ok, this is a lot bigger than we thought'," Ms Waters said.

School kids from Year 7 to Year 12 at many Gladstone schools are participating in this unique experience.

Ms Waters, who has more than 10 years' experience in theatre and dance, will provide the last touches of tutoring in the next two weeks.

"They're doing wonderfully," she said.

"The zombies that came on the weekend are the most diligent and enthusiastic zombies."

The first stages of the set went up on the Gladstone Marina foreshore yesterday.

Organisers are hoping for a smooth run when performances begin next Thursday.

With boats as part of production, testing is limited due to the cost of taking them out.

"We'll get there by the skin of our teeth," Ms Waters said.

"I think it's that kind of project with such giant elements involved.

"The boats have to come around the corner and we're crossing our fingers that it will take a certain length of time to get to the right spot at the right time."

Show features

  • About 300 cast
  • A pipe band, vocal quartet, Taiko drummers.
  • Hi-vis zombies, industry cheerleaders and dancers, BMX riders

Event details

  • Date: Thursday, July 18 - Sunday, July 21.
  • Time: Starts at 6.30pm. Allow time to park and sort out a good spot.
  • Bring: picnic rug and food, although there will be some food stalls.
  • Venue: Gladstone Marina foreshore.
  • Space: Can hold about 5000 people.
  • Cost: Free.

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