The Warrnambool Standard. What a performance. By SHANE FOWLES June 18, 2007
John Waters at the entertainment centre yesterday. Picture: JEMMA WALLACE
YOU could not find a more diverse triple bill a French opera, a children's dance party and a musical tribute to the most famous Beatle.
But together they combined to attract the biggest weekend audience seen in many years at the Warrnambool Entertainment Centre.
More than 1700 patrons attended performances at the centre, providing a welcome shock for management.
``There hasn't been such a full-on weekend like this in my three years here,'' the centre's marketing officer, Kelly Reaburn, said last night. ``There were three very high-class acts on with something for everyone - and everyone has taken it on.''
The blockbuster weekend started with two all-singing, all-dancing shows from everyone's favourite green dinosaur, Dorothy. Stepping out of the shadow of The Wiggles, the friendly dinosaur provided a party for about 900 children and their carers.
One of the world's most popular operas, Carmen, lived up to its billing in front of 480 people. ``It was the best (attended) opera that we have had in a long time,'' Ms Reaburn said.
The Melbourne Opera performed Bizet's tragic tale of the doomed love between a soldier and the passionate gypsy, Carmen.
Last night, John Waters brought the songs of another John, Beatle John Lennon, to full life in a rousing gig.
More than 350 tickets had been pre-sold, although many more punters turned up to enjoy the performance.
Having created a play based on the life of the songwriting genius, Waters is well versed in the former Beatle's back catalogue.