AUSTRALIAN Outback Spectacular is celebrating the courageous spirit of the Australian horse and commemorates the legend that is Phar Lap with the launch of the new show, Spirit of the Horse with a Tribute to Phar Lap.
Village Roadshow Theme Parks chairman John Menzies said that after a hugely successful run of Heroes of the Light Horse, it was time to introduce something completely new and exciting to Australian Outback Spectacular.
"We wanted a show that would be original, highly entertaining and emotive, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats while still creating the fun and exciting atmosphere that Australian Outback Spectacular is renowned for.
"We decided to dedicate this new show to the legendary Australian story of Phar Lap, further enhancing our cultural heritage and paying tribute to one of Australia's most courageous and spirited horses," he said.
Australian Outback Spectacular's Spirit of the Horse brings to life this iconic Australian story in a specially designed world class arena, featuring an amazing cast of larger than life characters, stunning special effects and magnificent animals including the spirited Australian stockhorse.
The highly entertaining show demands everyone is well fed with forty stockmen and women serving up a gourmet Aussie feast with beer, wine or soft drink to all 1000 guests in record time.
The new show has been directed by one of Australia's most celebrated film and television directors, Simon Wincer, who is best known for movies, The Man from Snowy River, The Lighthorsemen, Phar Lap and Free Willy.
In Spirit of the Horse with a Tribute to Phar Lap, Wincer adds a new element to the show by blending extracts from his movie with live Phar Lap action in the foreground, further enhancing the amazing show and introducing high definition movie vision to many scenes.
The show, whilst celebrating one of the most remarkable stories in our history, still contains all the modern day fun and competitive spirit of the outback and its people which everyone thoroughly enjoys.
Presenting partner, R.M.Williams is proud to continue their support for Australian Outback Spectacular.
R.M.Williams chief executive officer, Hamish Turner, said the show continues to present Australia's Outback heritage in an authentic format which is exciting for all audiences.
"Our company founder, Australian legend Reginald Murray ('RM') Williams was a passionate and proud Australian. We know RM would have shared our view that Australian Outback Spectacular is important because it communicates the culture of the outback to a whole new generation of Australians and visitors," Mr Turner said.
Since its grand opening in April 2006, Australian Outback Spectacular has entertained over one million people from around the world, celebrating the proud Australian culture. Audiences have learned about Australia's history, marveled at demonstrations of world class riding skills, laughed at the gags and enjoyed the friendly competition that develops between the stockmen and women from rival stations in the true Australian spirit.
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