Page 2384 - Week 07 - Thursday, 4 August 2016

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The cast and crew were extremely professional and there were many captivating performances. Everyone who I spoke to afterwards, including my colleague Mr Doszpot, who also attended, said how outstanding the show was and how much effort had been invested to ensure that it was a performance like no other. The songs were packed full of energy.

I pay tribute to the scout and guide community for producing and performing a magnificent production which took place over a number of weeks. The level of homegrown young talent we have here in the ACT never ceases to amaze me. It makes me particularly proud of our region and optimistic for its future. Whether it is young people who perform in our schools, local theatres, amateur or professional theatre, Canberra is teeming with young local talent, and it was wonderful to see that on display during this performance.

I would like to acknowledge Leo Farrelly, the President of Scouts ACT, and Elaine Farrelly; Rick Goode, Chief Commissioner of Scouts ACT, and Sue Goode; Phil Oldfield, producer; Evan Long, assistant producer; Matt Mason, business director; Katrina Nash, production director; Richard Surkus, technical director; Julie Long, marketing manager; Caroline Sund, admin manager; Tim Adams, photographer; the Bottom team, who looked after wardrobe; the Cleopatra team for make-up; the Juno team for technical and backstage; the Orsino band; the Prospero team for welfare, front of house, security and catering; the Touchstone production team; the Audrey production support team; the Aemilia cast; the Antonio cast; the Ariel cast; the Duncan cast; the Gertrude cast; the Gonzalo cast; the Titania cast; and the Viola cast.

I also give special acknowledgement to: the ACT branch arts team; Albury gang show; Anthony Shaw and Chait Productions; Canberra Grammar School; Canberra School of Bollywood Dancing; Creative Team 2016; DAMsmart; Mount Rogers Scout Group; Murrungundie district guides; Rob Lang and Adam Wardell; and the Scout Fellowship.

I look forward to many more performances from our scouts and guides, and I commend all those involved in its most recent production, The Greatest Earth on Show.

I also would like to acknowledge the families of the scouts and guides, who obviously had to put a lot of effort into getting their kids back and forth for rehearsals as well as the productions.

Well done to everyone who attended. One of the songs that was sung in the show was called “The world is ours”. It was very apt that these scouts and guides who are going to be our leaders of the future really demonstrated that the world is going to be theirs.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.17pm until Tuesday, 9 August 2016, at 10 am.

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