Letter From Paul Yeatman (Principal) at Digger's Rest Primary School after March 2011 Bushwahzee Country Music Show

Dear Felix, Cyril and Lou

...The students had a great time preparing their items for the Digger's Resat Country festival and they really enjoyed the big show.

I got some very good feedback from parents and also from the Digger's Rest events committee for the way the show got the Digger's Rest Country festival off to a great start. A big thanks from me as well for for professionalism and attention to detail to make the whole thing work so well. You did and excellent job to get all of the students int he school engaged and committed to the performance. The attendance on the evening was excellent and a great credit to your preparation...

The Country Music Show concentrates on the themes of country and city life and the differences between them. Felix Meagher aka Flicker the City Slicker wants to leave the Bushwahzee band but the bus service to town no longer runs and he ends up re-joining the band to help the kids put on a country music show. The kids and the audience are encouraged to "Roll Up" and see an amazing show. The evening show features line dancing, the barn dance, The Stampede, Bus Stop, a macrena type line dance called Flies On the Ringer and a variety of songs and dances from the country music scene including Thank God I'm A Country Boy, The Country and Western Singer and Slim Dusty's "Good Old Country Style", and "Duncan."

Suggested Program for 3 piece:-
8.45 - 9.30
Band arrives and sets up
9.30 - 10.15
G’day/60’s Show - Performance by band
10.15 - 11.00
Workshops Felix 1, Paul 1, Cyril 1 (We suggest junior school)  Material - Like To Sing A Song With Duncan, Bus Stop, Tie Me Kangaroo Dow, Barn Dance
11.00 - 11.30
Recess - Opportunity for band to meet staff and discuss the day over a cuppa
11.30 - 12.15
Workshops Felix 2, Paul 2,Cyril 2 (We suggest senior school) Material- Country & Western Singer, Stampede, Big Old Rig
12.15 - 1.00
Workshops Felix 3, Paul 3, Cyril 3 (We suggest middle school)Material  Overture (Roll up) Finale (Good Old Country Style)
1.00 - 2.00
2.00 - 2.30
Rehearsals Felix 1, Paul 1, Cryil 1 (separate)
2.30 - 3.00
Rehearsals Felix 2, Paul 2, Cyril 2 (separate)
3.00 - 3.30
Overture and Finale rehearsals Felix 3, Paul 3 , Cyril 3 (all together)
5.00 - 6.00
(We suggest), barbecue or picnic dinner
6.00 - 7.30
The Country Music Show - Performances by students and invitations to their parents to dance

PRICE  $1945 plus GST for three piece band

Bushwahzee Checklist
Here are some of the most common problems that we've encountered over the years.
So it would be good if you could check that........
(1) Hall for the morning show is available and has enough cleared space for the whole school to sit on the floor.
(2) Three separate venues for the workshops are available and are cleared. Hall, Library, Music Room or some other combination.
(3) School percussion instruments are in Felix's workshop venue.
(4) Each member of staff has access to a copy of the timetable and a copy is available for each band member.
(5) If our PA is located in an area with student access, that it be supervised during recess and lunchtime.
(6)Teachers know that the afternoon rehearsals are a rerun of the morning workshops. The final rehearsal has all three workshop 3 groups combin ed.
(7)If the evening show is to be at a different location, the band has a map to get them there and the venue is available 45 minutes before show time.
(8)The evening venue is set up prior to the performance. Ideally a cleared hall with room for the band in front of the stage or along one wall. Immediately in front of the band we need a performance space about 10m. wide and 15m. deep.Then another space the same size to allow the students to sit on the floor. Around this open area on three sides can be placed seating for the parents provided the hall has sufficient space. Otherwise some chairs for those who need to sit and the space behind the chairs left for people to stand. THE SEATS CREATE A HORSESHOE AROUND THE PERFORMANCE AREA.
(9) Any food being served be situated right away from the performance area, so as not to be distracting. Or alternatively the serving of food stops 10 minutes before the start of the show.
(10) For an outside show general lighting needs to be available for the evening venue. The lighting will be needed until the band has finished packing up.
(11)If decorating the evening venue don't put anything on the wall or stage behind the band. This is where we put our banner.
(13) Payment, if possible, should be made on the day. Paul will contact the office during the day to get total numbers of students involved and finalise the invoice.
(14)The evening show normally runs for one and a half hours but may vary depending on the time taken to get the students up for there item and the audience's attention.