Mildura Weekly : Friday April 4 2014 Vol 8 No 22
www.milduraweekly.com.au 18 Mildura Weekly – 04/04/14 THE Robinvale Euston Ama- teur Community Junior The- atre group has welcomed the addition of a second ‘branch’ in Mildura, with both Rob- invale and Mildura perform- ers to showcase their talents throughout the year. Officially opening its doors in 2010, the aim of REACT-JT is to provide youth between the ages of eight and 18 with an opportunity to engage in the arts and per- form to community mem- bers. A not-for-profit organ- isation, last year saw 45 members undertake success- ful performances of ‘High School Musical’ and ‘Cin- derella Kids,’ with this year’s new Mildura group to bring the popular musical ‘Fame’ to life in May, while Robin- vale members will perform their version of ‘Hairspray’ in October. Since opening its doors four years ago the group has prided itself on providing dance and drama skills to members, while also striving to improve self-confidence and self-respect among par- ticipants. The group also offers op- portunities to learn more about what happens ‘behind the curtain,’ with members not interested in performing on stage adopting roles in back and side stage work. “REACT-JT is also aimed at uniting youth by providing a positive community activ- ity in which all cultures and backgrounds are welcomed,” group secretary Donna Rowe said. “By being part of such a diverse community activity, our members learn valuable lessons concerning social cohesion, respect for those around them, and also gain satisfaction from working to achieve a goal. “By installing these be- liefs it has always been an aim of REACT-JT to help reduce and prevent youth crime through raising a sense of personal pride, and instill- ing a sense of community in our youth. “Our positive, team envi- ronment means members of- ten form special friendships, and children who don’t excel in, or are simply not interest- ed in sports, often miss out on this feeling of belonging. “Celebrations at the end of the season highlights the bonds that have been formed over weeks of rehearsal.” More information about the REACT-JT group is avail- able by contacting Donna or 0437 472 606, Glen Barrow on 0409 110 394, or by visit- ing www.re-act.org.au . Robinvale theatre group opens a second branch ARGUABLY the most significant retrospective exhibition to be shown in the region – Vassil- ieff: Journey to Mildura – will close on April 13, with residents encouraged to view the ex- hibition while they still have the chance. The exhibition by former Australian and Mildura artist Danila Vassilieff has showcased for the first time all 34 of the Mildura Art Centre’s permanent Vassilieff collection, and was curated by acclaimed art curator Felicity St John Moore. Ms St John Moore was formerly on the curatorial staff of the National Gallery of Aus- tralia, the National Gallery of Victoria, and Education Director of Christie’s Australia, and is also the author of ‘Vassilieff and His Art’ and curator of the recent exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art – Danila Vas- silieff: A New Art History. The exhibition also includes examples of Vassilieff’s work from a number of national and regional galleries, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Aus- tralia and the Heide Museum of Modern Art, while also including loans from private col- lectors. Arts and Culture Development Manager Antonette Zema said Vassilieff: Journey to Mildura had proven to be a huge success, with visitors from around Australia and over- seas viewing the collection. “We have had people from France, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Italy and Can- ada come along specifically to see this exhibi- tion,” she said. “Our visitor numbers to the Arts Centre precinct have increased markedly since the exhibition opened in November, with 1809 visitors coming to MAC in January this year, compared with 985 in January 2013.” “Danila Vassilieff first came to Australia in 1923, and became influential in the Mel- bourne Contemporary Art Society in the late 1930s through to the early 1950s,” Ms Zema said. “His relationship with Mildura started in 1954 when he accepted a position teaching at Mildura High School (now Mildura Senior College), and moved to the area. “Vassilieff spent the last years of his life painting watercolours on the banks of the Murray River near Mildura, capturing the many nuances of the region at that time in his works.” Vassilieff exhibition drawing to a close • Gallery Program Officer at MAC, Luci Callipari- Marcuzzo with a selection of the Vassilieff exhibition works. MILDURA LIBRARY Tuesday 8 April 10:30am Cute Easter Crafts 2:30pm Fabulous Fun house Thursday 10 April 10:30am Take off in a Hot Air Balloon 2:30pm Collage a Key Holder RED CLIFFS LIBRARY Tuesday 8 April 11am Wooden Rockets Wednesday 9 April 2:30pm Rain Sticks Thursday 10 April 11am Paper Bag Owls Friday 11 April 2:30pm Cross Stitch Animals All activities suitable for primary school aged children and cost $1.55 per child. Places limited, bookings essential. www.mildura.vic.gov.au/library (03) 5018 8350 MERBEIN LIBRARY Tuesday 8 April 1:30pm Spikysaurus Thursday 10 April 10:30am Monsters 1:30pm Face Cloth Bunny & T-shirt Scarf (for secondary school students years 7-10) IRYMPLE LIBRARY Wednesday 9 April 2pm Bunny Decorations Get creative at your local library in the school holidays!
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