Blue Lake Carols return

CAROLS BACK ON BOARD: Fiona Unger will get back on the stage at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre this year for a digital viewing of the Blue Lake Carols.

ONGOING Covid-19 restrictions will not dampen the local Christmas spirit with the Blue Lake Carols committee dedicated to a modified digital format once again through social media streaming.

Following the success of the live streamed performance in 2020 – which had more than 20,000 combined streams across social media – the carols will be broadcast from the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre later this year.

Many local performers are expected to hit the stage including Alison Newman and Emma Anderson, Scott Maxwell, Fiona Unger, Tamara Seeley and more.

Returning to the event, master of ceremonies Danni Reade said, despite performing to cameras in an empty theatre, broadcasting the carols through the digital format would still showcase local talent and the vibrant, innovative community to a world-wide audience.

“With the ongoing uncertainty around restrictions, especially those regarding public singing and masks, it was going to be too much of a risk to plan an event of this scale that could be cancelled at the last minute,” Ms Reade said.

Committee members encouraged friends and families to gather wherever they would be throughout the Limestone Coast and create a viewing party in their lounge rooms, backyards or under the pergola.

The carols have been held for 74 years and have raised significant funds for the Mayors Christmas appeal while also bringing the community together to celebrate the joy of the season.

The event will be available for streaming on December 13 beginning at 7.30pm.