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Monday, 23 June 2003
Page: 17165

Mr SIDEBOTTOM (1:54 PM) —In my former life, I had the great pleasure of being involved in theatre and directing musicals.

Mr Murphy —Oh, Siddy!

Mr SIDEBOTTOM —Only recently, Mr Piano Man from Lowe, I had the pleasure of attending two musicals. The first was with the Devonport Choral Society, who did the very hot little number, 42nd Street. I have not seen tapping like that since I fixed my plumbing. It was an excellent performance and I congratulate the director, Denise Sam, and all those involved in the cast. I look forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Devonport Choral Society coming up at the end of the year.

I recently also saw the Don College's excellent production of Carousel—you know, the one with You'll Never Walk Alone? It was an excellent performance and I had the privilege of seeing my son Julian in it. I have had two sons, Julian and William, in shows, and I was privileged enough to direct seven of the shows myself. I congratulate all the young people and all those people that bring a great deal of enjoyment to the coast, particularly in musical theatre, where you have great discipline, great teamwork and great enjoyment. What more can you do in life than entertain people and also each other? I congratulate all those involved with those musical theatres and I look forward to more—in this parliament as well.