The amazing costumes of artistic director Colin Mitchell and his wardrobe team were a highlight, especially in the Rio scene where Abbey Boucher as Liza Minelli and Bron Kalos as Judy Garland lead the finale. (Photo courtesy of Geoff Glare and Anne Looney).

Justifiably proud mum Faye Gardiner with star of the show Josh after Saturday night’s production opener. N092218

Beaming president of the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group Peter Hanily with Abbey Boucher who plays Liza Minella and set and costume designer Colin Mitchell. N122218

Coby Fowles, right, who played young Peter in The Boy from Oz on opening night with his family including, Debbie McPherson, left, dad and mum Mark and Kim Fowles and Zac and Max. N112218

One of the stars of The Boy from Oz, Lachlan Moore who plays Peter’s partner Greg, with director Brad Beach on Saturday night. N102218

Abbey Boucher was simply sensational as Liza Minelli, looking and singing the part to perfection in some wonderful Colin Mitchell inspired gowns. (Photo courtesy of Geoff Glare and Anne Looney).

THE Boy From Oz, the Peter Allen musical, opened in the refurbished Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre last weekend to ‘sold out’ houses and rave reviews.
The latest installment from this award-winning local company featured a simply stunning performance by one of South Gippsland’s own, Josh Gardiner, who carried the show on his back through a huge program of numbers from ‘Not the Boy Next Door’ to ‘I honestly love you’, ‘Tenterfield Saddler’ and ‘Rio’.
Just as engaging as his singing was his interaction with the audience, a unique feature of the Boy From Oz.
Supporting him in sparkling style was Abby Boucher in her first major role in a community musical, as Liza Minelli, and Bron Kalos, last year’s Music Theatre Guild of Victoria winner, this time as Judy Garland.
Lachie Moore, Jazz Kaye and the Young Peters – Coby Fowles and Taj Cooper – all performed strongly and earned high praise.
But without doubt the other stars of the show where the incredible costumes by artistic director Colin Mitchell and his amazing team of sewers and wardrobe assistants.
Director Brad Beach, choreographer Rose Wray-McCann, musical director Kirk Skinner, his pianist David Dower and their orchestra all distinguished themselves.
And the ensemble, including those who played small but important roles, also had their moment in the spotlight. There’s a featured chorus line too that was a huge hit. It’s a thoroughly engaging and entertaining show – don’t miss it.
The production is heavily sold on TryBooking, via the website with next Saturday’s matinee (June 2) already sold out and only limited tickets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (twilight) but tickets are still in good supply for this Thursday, May 31 and the following week, from Thursday, June 7 to Sunday, June 10.