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Shane’s in charge of GSODA’s Shrek

Geelong’s GSODA Junior Players will present Shrek the Musical for its big mid-year production opening this weekend.
The show will feature all 60+ Junior performers under the direction of
Shane Lee with 

Will Conway his musical director, Shayne Lowe his vocal director and two choreographers, Nicole Kaminski and Jana Kolacz. 

The show’s publicity reads...

‘Shrek lives a peaceful life in his secluded swamp, until his peace is shattered by a group of fairy tale characters who invade his home. This turn of events sparks off an epic adventure where Shrek rescues Princess Fiona from a tower guarded by a fierce Dragon and finds true love.

Shrek the Musical is ogre-sized fun for the whole family, as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in a whole new way in this breathtaking Broadway Musical adaptation of the hit movie.’

Shrek - The Musical is in GPAC’s Playhouse June 23 - 30

Full Booking details are on the Comprehensive Diary HERE


Matt’s with our Orchestra

Geelong’s own Symphony Orchestra is preparing for its mid-year Costa Hall concert this Saturday evening, and this one promises to be spectacular. Titled Spanish Fire, the orchestra is under the baton of guest guest conductor Warwick Stengards, with talented young Australian solo guitarist Matt Withers (pictured right). Spanish Fire will include Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez plus fireworks from De Falla and Albeniz.

Spanish Fire from the CSO is in the Costa Hall June 23.

Full Booking details are on our Comprehensive Diary HERE


Robyn’s back, Barefoot in the Park

Geelong Rep’s midwinter production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park includes the return of a Geelong Theatre favourite.
irector Kelly Clifford has cast Robyn Birrell (right), former GPAC administrator and strong theatre supporter,  in the part of Ethel in the new version of Neil Simon’s most popular play. Robyn will be supporting the lead couple of  Ian Nash-Gilchrist- (Paul ) and Georgia Chara  (Corie). 
The sharp socio-comedy has a particularly strong support cast including
David Mackay, who plays Victor, Greg Shawcross, playing the phone repair man and  Steve Howell  playing the delivery ma).
Barefoot In The Park is writer Neil Simon’s most successful and longest-running stage play. It was made into a hit film starring   Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

Geelong Rep’s Barefoot In The Park opens in the Woodbin June 29 and runs until July 14.

Full Booking details are on our Comprehensive Diary HERE


The Killer Queens are on their way...

CenterStage Geelong has announced the cast for its forthcoming production of the Queen musical We Will Rock You. The show’s lead of Galileo Figaro will be played by Jonathan Gardner; Scaramouche by Morgan Heynes;  The Killer Queen by Natasha Bassett; Commander Khashoggi by Josh McGuane;  Buddy Holly by Matt  Shinner; Britney Spears by Brady King; Ozzie Osbourne by Mellissa Harrington, with the  Teen Queens: Cassie Chappell, Christie Walter, Alicia O’Bree, Katie Loxston and Tali Morrisey. The show’s  ensemble comprises: Alysia MacLeod, Anna Flint, Ari Gavin, Caitlyn Lear, Charlotte Crowley, Courtney Vos, Damian Carouso, Elija Ivelja, Elyse Batson, Jemma Lowther, Jesse Ivelja, Joey Donald, Kate Gore, Kayla Bamford, Melanie Dobrovoljni, Michael Hawthorn, Murray Plowman, Nick Rogers, Oliver Russell, Trudi Riley, Will Johnston and William Reed.

We Will Rock You opens July 20

 Find booking details on our Comprehensive Diary HERE.


Kethly plays Valma in Geelong’s Chicago

Geelong’s Theatre Of The Damned has announced the cast for its forthcoming version of Chicago, to play in the Shenton Centre in August. The lead part of

Velma Kelly will be played by Kethly Hemsworth (right); Billy Flynn by Andrew Perry, Roxy Hart by Shani Clarke,  Matron ‘Mama’ Morton by Shayne Lowe, Mary Sunshine by Liam Erck, Amos Hart by Trent Inturissi, Master of Ceremonies by PJ White. The Murderesses are: Liz, Jorja Bromley, Annie, Ashley Boyd, June, Georgia Peterson, Hunyak, Alicia Miller, Mona, Ester Hermann, Go-To-Hell-Kitty is Tegan Drever.

The Ensemble is Kendall Fisher, Dyrone Watane, Josh McInnes and Molly Carter.

ToTD’s Chicago opens August 10.

Booking details, when released, will be  on the Comprehensive Diary HERE


Even more musicals on the way to Geelong

Geelong’s love affair with musical theatre continues at a pace.
Our region’s companies have  staged or are are preparing to present an amazing list of productions during 2018. Here’s a quick take..

Following Footlight’s Beauty and the Beast in January, 42nd Street in March and TotD’s The Toxic Avenger in April, came  Song Contest -  The Almost Eurovision Experience presented by Geelong Lyric in May. Now prepare for  Shrek - The Musical staged by GSODA in June,  CenterStage’s We Will Rock You in July/August, Theatre of the Damned’s Chicago, in August and CenterStage’s Little Shop Of Horrors in October/November.  And there’s even the chance of more being announced. Keep an eye on this site for all the details as they’re announced

Find ALL Geelong’s theatre and stage productions listed on our Diary HERE.


Les Mis returns to the Geelong Footlights

Geelong’s multi-awarded Footlight Productions has announced that it will present the world’s most popular musical - Les Miserables - in Geelong January 2019.

The company has only recently closed a season of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast.  It last presented Les Mis in 2013.


Geelong’s glamorous theatre awards
-  our Oscar experience

Geelong’s inaugural Theatre Awards presentation - a high-glamour, low-cost  event held at Drysdale’s Potato Shed on Sunday November 26, 2017, was pronounced a resounding success by all who attended.
The packed venue - some 200 stylishly-dressed theatricals - saw 25 awards bestowed, in a new format dedicated to Geelong-born theatrical star Oscar Asche.
The evening also saw musical and dramatic entertainment as well as an introduction to the Geelong Theatre all of Fame.
All this and a rare opportunity for Geelong’s theatrical community to get together and network among peers.
Pictured above is Sophie Collins, joint winner of our Best Lead Actress In A Musical Oscar.  Her co-winner was Morgan Heynes, her fellow witch in Footlight’s Wicked.

For a full account of the evening, and a complete list of winners and nominees, visit our Awards Home Page - or CLICK HERE
The 2018 Geelong Theatre Awards will be presented at a glittering, glamorous ceremony Sunday November 25.
Full details and booking number on the Comprehensive Diary HERE


Ex-councillor Joel is GPAC’s new boss

Geelong’s Performing Arts Centre has appointed Joel McGuinness as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Mr McGuinness will begin work at the centre on 13 March and oversee its ongoing  $38.5million upgrade.
He replaces former GPAC general manager Jill Smith, who announced that she would be stepping down late last year.
A self-confessed ‘committee junkie’, Mr McGuinness has  resigned his position as an elected member of council for the City of Bunbury, WA.
He was elected in 2014, following a five-year stint as general manager of the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre where he oversaw
a successful $12.5m redevelopment.
A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Mr McGuinness is currently the director of the Bunbury Fringe and
South West Multicultural Festivals.
He has held numerous arts-industry board positions, including vice-chair of the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association.
On his appointment Joel said: he was  ‘thrilled to be moving to Geelong Performing Arts Centre at such an exciting time’. He said he was ‘keen to start working with the (GPAC) Trust, staff and the whole community to deliver great outcomes for Geelong, the G21 Region and the broader arts sector in Victoria and nationally’.


And there’s so much more on our stages

This website lists all of Geelong's music, drama and theatre entertainment on our Comprehensive Diary  page. But our city also enjoys a wide range of meetings, groups, sessions and musical events that don't feature on our diary, or in the local media, because they are regular club events.  So alongside our diary entries, keep in mind that: the Geelong Folk Music Club holds weekly concert on the first Monday of each month from 7.00pm at The Naval Club in Skene St, Newtown; and the last Saturday of each month at The Hub, Cnr McKillop and Humble Sts in East Geelong, as well as odd events around the region.  Check their website for more.  Also, Geelong's Historical Society meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month (details from Freda 5278 3530) and our Philosophers Café meets to put the world to rights on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the back room of The Barking Dog Hotel in Pakington St.  

For Country Music fans there’s a host of regular concerts and shows in Geelong including A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon of Country Music on the first Sunday of each month at The Norlane Bowling Clubrooms, 36 St George’s Rd Norlane from 12-30pm to 5-30ish. Cost $7 aids charity and there’s tucker available.  Geelong Country Rock Music Group meet each Tuesday night at The Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre, 36 Sharland Road, Corio, from 6-30pm. Meals and drinks available, $3-00 entry. For more info, call John Hayes on 0414 265725. North Geelong Country Music Group, meet each Wednesday 7.00pm at The Yorringa Avenue Senior Citizens Rooms,  Yorringa Avenue, Norlane. Meals and drinks available $3 entry, for more info. contact Eric Cook on 0429 143237.

 Kardinia Country Music Group meet each Friday night at The Kardinia Senior Citizens Rooms, Corner Park and Moorabool Sts, South Geelong. $3 entry, supper available.

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