IT WAS more than the Emperor of Japan that invaded Lake Cania on March 20.   

Heavy rain pelted down but as the saying goes, the show must go on.  

Towards the end of the Mikado by the CoOpera Touring Company, performers and audience members were forced to seek shelter.  

After about 20 minutes out of action, with the sound system now down, audience members gathered around the stage for the big finale to finish this memorable experience.  

Monto Magic Tourism Action Group president Liz Robertson said there more out-of-town ticket buyers than locals, providing a boost to the local economy.  

"So many people came from long distances," she said.  

"The first ticket was sold to the person who bought the first ticket when the Opera was held in 2011.  

"The caravan parks are packed."  

An aim of the event is to encourage people to visit the town again.  

"We're trying to get entertainment here as generally entertainment is geared for the coast," Mrs Robertson said.  

The Opera event will most likely return in 2018.  

"When we came up with the concept, we thought we would do it every second year," Mrs Robertson said.  

"We'll see what happens and if there will be another Opera suited for the outdoors."  

About 20 volunteers helped out at the event.  


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