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The Lighthorsemen & Dress Circle Opening

Lest We Forget Remembrance Day 2018 Poppy
Remembrance Day 100th Anniversary
Lest We Forget
Athenium Theatre, Junee
November 11, 2018
3:00pm and 6:30pm

As part of Junee’s Remembrance Day 100th Anniversary Program the Athenium Theatre will host three events, which will also see the first public openings of the the Theatre’s Dress Circle.

Athenium Dress Circle Open to the Public

Remembrance Day 2018 will see the first events where the Athenium Theatre’s Dress Circle (upstairs) will be open to the public. Seating is strictly limited and are on a first-in, first-seated arrangement.

NO RESERVATIONS nor “seat saving” permitted.

Concert — Getupndans

Getupdans
Getupdans
3:00pm
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
Afternoon Tea, including Scones and ANZAC Biscuits: $5

Gedupndans obviously love entertaining, enjoying themselves, laughing and interacting with their audiences, taking them back to their youth, with great hit songs from the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Connie Francis, Shakin’ Stevens, Cliff Richards, The Mavericks, Patsy Cline, Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Cash, George Strait, Allan Jackson, Patty Loveless and many more.

Gedupndans encourage audience participation and give people what they want — great dance music and laughter!

Afternoon tea, with Scones and ANZAC Biscuits, will be served by the Friends of the Athenium.

“Bill the Bastard” and The Lighthorsemen

6:30pm
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
Supper, including Scones and ANZAC Biscuits: $5

A full evening program will commence at 6:30pm with sculptor Carl Valerius talking about his statue of the famous war horse, Bill the Bastard. A short break for supper will occur before the screening of the movie, The Lighthorsemen.

Carl Valeruis presents “Bill the Bastard”

Carl Valerius sculpting head of Bill the Bastard
Carl Valerius sculpting head of Bill the Bastard
Image courtesy billthebastard.org
“Bill the Bastard” is one of Australia’s most famous war horses — To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Romani, Carl Valerius sculpted a life size bronze statue of Bill’s famous scene that catapulted him into the history books. Carl will be at the Athenium Theatre, Junee on Remembrance Day 2018 to talk about what compelled him to sculpt the statue and how he actually created it.

Some more information about Carl and the statue of Bill can be found at billthebastard.org.

Supper, with Scones and ANZAC Biscuits, will be served by the Friends of the Athenium.

The Lighthorsemen

After the Supper

The Lighthorsemen Poster
The Lighthorsemen Poster
In 1917 when the British forces are bogged down in front of the Turkish and German lines in Palestine they rely on the Australian light horse regiment to break the deadlock.

Palestine, 1917 — The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse. Lighthorseman Frank is wounded in a skirmish with Bedouin. He is replaced by a young soldier, Dave, who proves to be a crack shot, but reluctant to fire at the enemy. Dave proves himself during a German biplane attack. Recuperating in hospital, he meets a sympathetic nurse, Anne. The regiment is called upon for a bold flanking attack on Beersheba.

But how do you convince the Turks the main attack will come at Gaza?
And how do you attack across a desert without water?

Junee Remembrance Day 100th Anniversary Program

In addition to the events been held at the Athenium Theatre, Junee has a number of events occurring along Broadway, Junee to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Remembrance Day, including;

  • 9:30am: Ecumenical (Non-Denominational) Church Service
    Opposite Cenotaph, Broadway
  • Morning Tea
    Opposite Cenotaph, Broadway
  • 10:30am: Remembrance Day Ceremony
    Cenotaph, Broadway
  • 11:30am: Re-enactment of Armistice Signing and Dancing in the Street
    Opposite Cenotaph, Broadway
  • 12:30pm: BBQ Lunch
    Junee Ex-Services Memorial Club, Broadway
  • 3:00pm: Concert in the Athenium — Gedupndans, plus Afternoon Tea
    Athenium Theatre, Broadway
  • 6:30pm: Movie — The Lighthorsemen, plus bonus live presentation about the Bronze Statue of “Bill the Bastard”, and Supper
    Athenium Theatre, Broadway
Junee Remembrance Day  100th Anniversary Program
Junee Remembrance Day 100th Anniversary Program
Broadway, Junee