Serious skit scores hit
SOCIAL commentary has triumphed over entertainment and ended the reign of Westlawn Finance as the Jacaranda Thursday Gold Cup winners.
Clarence Valley Councils Event Day versus Public Holiday sketch, a comic skit with a serious message, earned the favour of the judges when council brought its show to Market Square yesterday.
Council spokesman Brian Lane commiserated with the Westlawn crew, which was aiming for its fifth consecutive premier prize win in the Business House Dress Up competition, but said the council had a serious message hidden in the fun. "We chose a funny way to get across a serious message," Mr Lane said.
The premise of the council sketch was a busload of Jacaranda City bound tourist come across a figure lying on the road, which is revealed to be a dead public holiday.
As the tourists tried to find identify why the public holiday was in such poor shape, a nattily dressed, if annoying, figure called Event Day, would prance across the stage chanting, "event day, event day, better than a public holiday".
The skit also featured musical classics like What About Me and Whip It, rewritten as What About Us and Keep It.
The skit wound up with a poll calling on the audience to choose between an event day or public holiday for Jacaranda Thursday next year.
The decision was a unanimous and loud call from the crowd for a public holiday.
"Get your submissions in writing into council by November 15," Mr Lane said.
The Westlawn Finance Show, Westlawn Goes to Hawaii was the "big budget" production with a big name bunch of characters including Barack Obama, Elvis, Jimmy Buffet, the Beach Boys, Hawaiian royalty and even Captain James "Jimmy" Cook.
Halloween was another popular theme reflected in Bailey and Gough's zombie version of Thriller.
Crowe Horwarth's Halloween medley was another to tap into this theme.
The Daily Examiner will publish the full results of the Business House Dress UP competition in tomorrow's edition.