LOCALS were treated to a sneak peek of 'The Cooma Project' presented by Big hART on Sunday.
During the week, locals with a strong knowledge of the Snowy Scheme and Cooma's rich history participated in a range of workshops sharing stories, memories and photos of Cooma's past.
It culminated in a performance by Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen who wrote and sang original songs built from collected Cooma stories. Poems and stories were also told based on the workshops.
Big hART have been invited to work with the Cooma community on an arts and social innovation project.
Through a series of workshops and community meetings, the project aims to capture untold stories of Cooma and then interweave them into an original musical and documentary theatre work.
The workshops provide an opportunity to turn personal community stories into material that will inform the project's culmination into a major theatre production to premiere at Canberra Theatre Centre in 2015.
The Cooma Project is working with different cultural groups and individuals across generations to celebrate the power of story to unit communities. it will reveal the bigger Cooma story- a town famous for its ability to manage a vast multicultural demographic over the past 60 years.
The photos and memories told by those who attended will go on to inform the tone and script of the final production, adding rich layers of understanding for the cast.
A senior's movement workshop was also held last week at the Church Hall, giving locals the opportunity to have some fun and work with celebrated choreographer Adelina Larsson.
The full scale project will take place over 2014/15 with the final premier of the stage show being presented in September 2015.