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AMAKA CREATIVE presents
By Michelle Theunissen-Scott
Dance, Sing and Act in a Performing Arts intensive
workshop that is sure to improve your skills!
WHEN - TUESDAY MARCH 29, 2016
WHERE - Cowes Anglican Church Hall
102 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Phillip Island
10am-12pm: 7-12 years
12pm-2pm: 13+ years
BOOK TODAY! 0421 519 704
A SHORT film featuring the late
local songwriter and musician,
Rob Gray, will be launched at the
Wonthaggi Golf Club on March 19.
The song ‘Box in the Sky’ was
submitted to the Bass Coast Pick-
ers Songcatcher project by Rob’s
wife Cathie Beenie, who speaks
in the film about Rob, his love for
the Island and why he chose to live
Local musicians Colin Mathews
and EJ also play Rob’s song and
Col gives a warm tribute.
Songcatcher, produced for the
Bass Coast Pickers by Michael
Green of Drift Media, also captures
the work of other local songwriters
Tom Saunders, Jacqui Paulson,
John Coldabella and Alison Chap-
man and also features Magella
Frick from French Island.
Bass Coast Pickers Convenor Mi-
chael Whelan describes Rob’s song
as particularly poignant.
“Submitted after his death, it
tells of the allure of the Island life
after living in his ‘Box in the Sky’
“Alison’s song Tarwin Town gives
a feel for the life of our pioneers
whilst Tom describes the allure of
the Gippsland Hills.
“We have captured a number of
individuals and their songs that
tell us why people live here,” Mi-
chael Whelan said.
“Song writing is a great way of
communicating oral history and
we will donate a copy to the public
“We are indebted to Michael
Green for his great effort and
Bass Coast Shire for a Community
Grant for producing the film,” he
“A song writing workshop is also
being held on the day.
“We have invited some excellent
songwriters, our friends from 9
Mile Creek bluegrass band, to
come down to sit down with us and
discuss song writing.
“This will be an open discussion
that will share insights into how a
range of people approach the task
of writing a song.
“I t is open to local songwriters
and admission is free with a Film
Launch and Concert Ticket that
9 Mile Creek will perform a con-
cert after the film launch.
It will be a high energy acoustic
music event, preceded by a set
from the Bass Coast Pickers ahead
of the launch and music over din-
ner by the Harmonizers.
The venue opens for dinner at
5.30pm and the club has gotten on
board, offering a special concert
menu for $15.
Short film celebrates local song writers
A short film featuring the late songwriter Rob Gray will be launched at the Wonthaggi Golf Club next week
on March 19. Rob’s wife Cathie Beenie speaks in the film about Rob, his love for the Island, and why he
chose to live here.
WITH more than 20 years of in-
ternational experience, Michelle
Theunissen Scott is sharing her
skills with the next generation
and is teaching a workshop on
“B E” is a Performing Arts Work-
shop including drama, singing
and dance on Tuesday, March 29.
Students will be taken through
exercises, script and choreog-
raphy that will improve their
knowledge and help them to ex-
pand their skill set.
They will also learn perfor-
mance pieces that encourage
them to be fearless in their
For those wanting to or who al-
ready are working professionally,
Michelle will also be taking them
through audition tips and tricks
of the trade.
This workshop is suitable for
beginners through to advanced
as focussing on each individuals
journey is the key.
Most of all, just come along and
Michelle has worked profes-
sionally in the entertainment in-
dustry including choreographing,
presenting, styling and jewellery
Working in film, television, the-
atre, bands, concert tours, cor-
porate events, schools etc has
given Michelle the knowledge, ex-
perience and insight to share her
Some credits include Mamma
Mia The Movie, The Lion King
(musical), Wicked (musical),
MTV music awards, Brit awards,
Logie awards, X Factor UK, Brit-
ain’s Got Talent and Royal variety
She’s had the pleasure of work-
ing with artists such as Meryl
Streep, Colin Firth, Hugh Jack-
man, Mary J Blyge, Leona Lewis
and supporting Tina Turner to
name a few.
“B E” is the first workshop that
Amaka Creative is providing to
the community with more cre-
ative workshops to follow.
Places are limited so book your
space today by calling 0421 519
704 or emailing michelletheunis-
Sessions at the Cowes Anglican
Church Hall will be at 10am to
12pm for seven to 12 year-olds;
and 12pm to 2pm for 13 plus.
Cost is $60.
With more than 20 years of international experience, Michelle
Theunissen Scott is sharing her considerable skills with the next gen-
eration and is holding a performing arts workshop on Phillip Island.
The kids at the Cowes
Children’s Centre were
delighted to be present-
ed with some great new
puzzles last week, by the
local Woolworths store.
schools and kindergar-
tens around the nation,
local families took part
on the Woolworths Earn
and Learn program, col-
lecting points each time
they shopped there.
At the end of the pro-
gram, the Cowes Chil-
dren’s Centre redeemed
the points that had been
allocated by shoppers to
them, for a variety of new
which the children have
quickly put to good use.
service manager Sonya
Smith, left, and manager
Ros Morgan, right, visit-
ed the Cowes Children’s
Centre last week to thank
everyone for participat-
ing in the program, and
to check out the educa-
tional resources earned.
They also arrived with
a very large box of fruit
for the children to enjoy
They are pictured with
Centre Manager Emma
Denham, centre, pre-
school teacher Bianca
Obst and the four year
old kinder group.
Kids earn fun new puzzles
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