It's variety for Mayor's Xmas show

VARIETY will be spicing up the Moncrieff Theatre for the annual Mayor's Charity Christmas Concert on Sunday afternoon.

This year's concert will feature vocalists, dancers and teen string quartet Quatro for the extravaganza, which is raising money for the Mayor's Christmas Appeal.

Rum City Silver Band president Laurel O'Halloran said she and organisers, including Bundaberg councillor Lyne Forgan, had been keeping an eye out all year for acts to include in the show.

But this year the most unusual acts went to Quatro and McIlwraith State School.

"Quatro have electric violins - we have never had anything like that before," she said.

Ms O'Halloran said the McIlwraith school's performance was even more unusual.

"The school of just 21 students won a national robotics competition and they had to have a dance," she said.

"The robots are so small we have to have cameras on them to project onto a screen so the audience can see."

Ms O'Halloran said the aim of the concert each year was to put as many different acts on stage as possible.

"We do try to get schools involved, but often that is not possible because of the time of year," she said.

The concert, which is organised by the Rum City Silver Band, regularly raises between $600 and $800 each year.

"If we could raise $1000 that would be fantastic - that's just $2 (each) if 500 people show up," Ms O'Halloran said.

The organiser said she was hoping it was not raining for Sunday's show.

"We do attract a lot of elderly people who tend to stay home in the wet weather," she said.

The concert is set to begin at 1.30pm on Sunday with entry by a gold coin donation.

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