The Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir usually performs its annual musical to sell-out audiences at the Empire Theatre, but thanks to a global pandemic, its 2020 production looked a little different. There was a new venue, audience capped at 100, and a Covid-safe plan in place.

Yet despite the many obstacles, the award-winning choir performed Tarzan: The Musical to the Toowoomba Anglican School Millennium School on Saturday on September 26 for two shows at 2pm and 7pm. Tarzan producer Angie Johnson said the cast of almost 80 school-aged students were thrilled to be performing the musical. Although Covid-19 still remains as a problem in the community, the choir can still produce a beautiful production piece for a small audience to enjoy during the school holidays.

“This year has been particularly challenging and there have been times when we’ve thought it couldn’t possibly go ahead,” she said. “We’ve had to make a lot of changes to our rehearsals and performance to be Covid-compliant, but as they say, the show must go on. Tarzan is amazing with an extremely talented cast, and we wish more people could see it live.” Even though the tickets are limited, we are excited that the show will still be occurring, even if it may be for a small audience.

The limited tickets that were available were sold primarily to the immediate family of the cast so that they can enjoy and appreciate the hard work that has been put in by the students. Journalists, camera operators and videographers were able to the attend the dress rehearsal to document behind the scenes of the production.

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