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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 17th 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 18, 2008 33 Tune up for those carols THERE'LL be plenty of festive fun at the Christmas carols event in Halliday Park, Five Dock, on Monday night. Food and refreshments will be on sale from 6pm, with the singing getting under way at 7.30pm. There are rumours Santa Claus himself may make a guest appear- ance. Revellers will also get to see the famous lights along McGrath Ave. The carols are presented by Communities for Communities in association with Canada Bay Council and sponsors Club Five Dock. All the proceeds will go to help build Rainbow Village in South Vietnam. Alive Pub grub 35 Proof of the pudding 34 DINING 35 TOP NOSH 34 WHAT'S ON 36 Your historic visit will be just the shot TAKE a trip aboard the heritage train at Newington Armory in Sydney Olympic Park for a fascinating glimpse of times past. Once used to transport missiles, torpedoes and other World War II munitions, the heritage train now takes visitors on a ride around what used to be the Royal Australian Navy Armament Depot. The historic site features more than 100 buildings dating back to the 1800s, including cavernous armament depots, hidden explosives bunkers, cottages, tiny train stations, groves, glades and a wharf. Each building, bunker and bomb has its own story. Guides will be on board the heritage train on December 21, January 4 and 18, and February 1 and 15 at 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12.50 concession and $7.50 for children (children under five travel for free). For more information phone 9714 7888 or visit www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au A classic - with a twist Burwood actress Tanya Hennessy (right) who plays one of the storytellers in a new version of The Nutracker with co-star Sonia Allen. WHAT: The Nutcracker WHEN: December 19 and 20 WHERE: Carriage Works, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh COST: $25 adult, $20 concession BOOKINGS: Phone 1300 723 038 or www.carriageworks.com.au Luke Butler of Summer Hill stars in the show. BIG kids and little kids will enjoy a quirky new production of The Nutcracker opening in Carriageworks this Friday. The cast includes Burwood's Tanya Hennessy and Summer Hill's Luke Butler as eccentric storytellers who, together with a giant shadow screen of puppetry and silhouette, will bring a little girl's Christmas Eve adventures to life. Most people know the storyline of The Nutcracker from Tchaikovsky's ballet, but this version by new theatre group Free Association is based on the original fairytale. It's ''unconventional'', according to director Neil Ranney. ''The ballet version of The Nutcracker is the most commonly- known story,'' he said. ''So, by reviving elements of the original tale, we hope to craft a quirkier adventure into the land of the sugar plum fairies. ''It will be much juicier theatrically.'' Ranney said the story lends itself to both visual and musical artistry. ''With our creative team possessing backgrounds in movement, design, sculpture, music and poetry, we are aiming to incorporate these elements into our projects,'' he said. ''Ultimately we hope to deliver theatre that is at times unconventional, however always delightful, for people of every age to enjoy in a new, bright and contemporary way. ''We're all excited about our vision for the Nutcracker,'' Ranney said. -- FIONA BRADY Bars, Cafes Restaurants Guide
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