Mildura Weekly : Friday March 28 2014 Vol 8 No 21
Mildura Weekly – 28/03/14 7 www.milduraphonebook.com.au MILDURA’S La Trobe University has welcomed the Mildura Re- turned Services League’s decision to double the number of scholarships it will fund for local students this year. Since 2008, the Mildura RSL Branch has gifted a $2000 scholar- ship each year to a La Trobe Univer- sity Mildura student who is a rela- tive or spouse of a person who has direct involvement with the Austra- lian Armed Services, or who them- selves has had direct involvement with the Australian Armed Services. The RSL will this year offer two $3000 scholarships to local stu- dents who attend La Trobe Univer- sity – an overall increase of $4000 in funding. “As an organisation we’re very proud to be supporting local stu- dents,” Mildura RSL manager Kim Archibald said. “We will be continuing our Education Scholarship, and we are very pleased to introduce a second scholarship to students studying other disciplines.” Mildura Campus Head Dr Deb- bie Neal said she was “thrilled” by the RSL’s increased support. “The Mildura RSL has pro- vided six education students with scholarships since 2008,” she said. “I know what a difference it made to those students, and extending this to other degree students is not only very generous, but also affirmation of support to the com- munity.” Dr Neal said that close to 90 percent of La Trobe Mildura grad- uates end up employed in the lo- cal economy. RSL increases scholarship commitment • 2013 Mildura RSL Education Scholarship recipient Ellie McColl with Mildura RSL member Alex Ouchirenko, left, and RSL treasurer John Braniff at last year’s presentation evening. The Mildura RSL Branch has increased its support of local students in 2014, and will this year offer two scholarships valued at $3000 each. JULIUS Caesar living in Prohibi- tion-era America! That’s an attention-grabber right there. And that’s exactly what the Red Cliffs Players are hoping for. Julius Caesar is the group’s lat- est Shakespearean production, di- rected once more by Traci Macleod. She explained: “I am setting the play in 1920s Prohibition America, however, just as we have done be- fore with ‘Tam- ing of the Shrew’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ I have re- mained ‘mostly true’ to Shake- speare’s original text. “We’ve had to make some adjustments to some of the terminology because of the time period we have chosen to set it in, but these were only very small. “It’s very interesting that the story of Caesar, and the conspira- cies against him, are as powerful and as relevant to today as they ever have been. There are many different political scenarios that we are cur- rently observing on the world stage that this play could be seen as being relevant. “One of the quotes from the text from Cassius asks: “How many ages hence shall this our lofty scene be acted over in states unborn and accents yet unknown?” “How true that is in light of recent performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company, one of which was set on Wall Street and another, more recently, was set in Africa with an all black cast, and based heavily on tribal uprising, and the struggle for power. “It has been a long held ambi- tion of mine to direct Julius Caesar, and as we have done for the past few years, we are following a com- edy with a drama and using an in- teresting ‘time travel’ twist. “Last year’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ was based around the un- usual ‘marriage’ of the New Ro- mantique of the 1980s, and the current swell- ing popularity of Steam Punk.” Last year was a very busy and successful one for Red Cliffs Play- ers. The group started the year with ‘Taming of the Shrew,’ fol- lowed by Agatha Christie’s ‘Spider’s Web’ mid-year, and ended the year on a comedy high with ‘Interesting Things to do with String #2.’ “This year we have two more plays on offer, but they are still in the planning stages,” Traci revealed. Julius Caesar will take to the stage in the historic Cardross Hall on May the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th and 10th. The performance on the 4th will be a matinee from 2pm. Doors open at 1.30pm. All other shows will begin at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are available from Green Goddess Flowers at 156 10th Street, Mildura, and from the Cardross Store and cost $20 and $15 conces- sion. For the evening show there will be drinks available. 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