A Galaxy Far, Far Away

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 I understand grand passions which are unfashionable. I empathise with geeks in particular, those who sew costumes with painstaking attention to detail before daring to brave their handiwork in public. As a teenage geeky type, I became fascinated by the X-Files – poring over episodes I’d recorded on VHS looking for secret supernatural clues while pawing over pictures of the then-delicious David Duchovny (oh, how the mighty are fallen).

Today I enjoyed participating in the geeky grand passion of Star Wars for “May The Fourth Be With You” – a selection of John Williams orchestral pieces performed by Melbourne Youth Orchestra at the Deathstar-like Melbourne Recital Centre. Although Star Wars has never been my grand passion, once you offer me control of a lightsabre (inset, above) there’s really no turning back. Here are some highlights of the concert event – replete with Mos Eisley Cantina, cocktails, cosplay characters and blue curacao milk drink for the young ‘uns (don’t ask, don’t tell).

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 The Melbourne Recital Centre was a perfect venue for this Star Wars themed bash, in its own way very spaceship-like.

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 Darth Vader and mates add extra color to the performance of the Star Wars theme.

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 Who are you calling plastic? Storming the Storm Troopers.

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People LOVE dressing up as Star Wars characters. This I saw first hand. I was particularly impressed by the grooving led-eyed sandperson who grooved along in boppy fashion to the Mos Eisley Cantina band.

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 Extended member of the Ruby Slipper team, Miz Alexandra Hallam and Stormtrooper.

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