|The Dimboola Performing Group has staged the popular Jack Hibberd play Dimboola for the 92nd and final time under the current producers.
Many local people have acted in the play, many of whom have participated in the production for several years, with just one actor never missing a performance.
Michael Downs, who plays Father Patrick OShea, was on stage when the first curtain was raised in 2000, and was on stage again last night when the final curtain fell.
Michaels wife Jenny has also been involved in all the performances, but behind the scenes organising costumes, producing, and prompting the actors.
"The play has had tremendous support from its varied audiences, but lately it has proved almost impossible to get actors - especially male actors - to participate," Michael said.
It has also proved difficult to find groups willing to cater and run the bar for the performances.
The group began staging the play at the Dimboola Football Club rooms in mid-2000 and has performed at Horsham, Antwerp, Warracknabeal and Gerang.
Raising over $465,000 for local groups and organisations, and performing to around 9500 people over its 10-year run - with the biggest audience ever last night - the group has also made monetary donations to Rural Ambulance, Allambi, the Dimboola Town Committee and several other local clubs and organisations.
"Unfortunately thats definitely it for the play," Michael said, "at least, thats the case for myself and Jen. If anyone wants to pick up the baton and run, they are more than welcome."
- More photos from the final performance of Dimboola can be viewed at Bronwyn Hastings Freelance Journalist & Photographers Facebook profile.