House debates

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Statements by Members

Mansfield Musical and Dramatic Society

1:42 pm

Photo of Helen HainesHelen Haines (Indi, Independent) Share this | | Hansard source

Today I rise in the House to speak about a community-run, not-for-profit group close to my heart and right in the heart of Indi. The Mansfield Musical and Dramatic Society, or MMuDS as it's affectionately known, recently swept the Georgy Awards. I'm pleased to recognise it today. MMuDS began in 1983 with the aim of fostering, promoting and facilitating theatrical and musical activities within Mansfield and surrounding towns. MMuDS has already produced over 50 plays.

The Georgy Awards have been held annually in the Goulburn Valley area since 1973 and recognise theatrical excellence. MMuDS was recognised in nine categories at the 2020 awards ceremony, including best play for Blackadder Goes Forth, best director, best male lead, best supporting actor, best set design, best lighting design, excellence in costume design, best female performance, and best dance number for Seussical the musical.

I had the pleasure of seeing Seussical last year. I was impressed by the energy and professionalism of everyone involved. What a wonder community theatre is. I agree entirely with Dr Seuss when he wrote: 'Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try.' I'm looking forward to catching another play very soon. Until then, congratulations to the president Michael Isbister, cast and crew.