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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’.


History Rocks the Shed in March

Drop Of A Hat Productions’ Morning Showtime at the Potato Shed for March  promises to be a cracker. It’s  The History Of Rock And Roll, researched and narrated by Colin Mockett with classic rock group The Hip Cats providing songs and music from all those rockers pictured above - and more.

Songs in the presentation include such classics as (You Ain’t Nothin’ But A) Hound Dog, Great Balls Of Fire, Oh Boy, Blue Suede Shoes, All Shook Up and, of course, Rock Around The Clock.
There will be an area cleared for dancing and, as usual for the venue’s Morning Showtimes, free interval refreshments from Drysdale’s Baker’s Delight. And the ticket price remains frozen at just $15.

The History of Rock & Roll is in The Potato Shed 10.30am Tuesday March 13.

Full Booking details are on our Comprehensive 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.


Rep’s Artuo Ui cast announced

Director Greg Shawcross has announced his cast for Geelong’s Rep’s second production of the year,  Bertold Brecht’ classic The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui, which will run in the Woodbin Theatre from April.
The cast comprises:
Cameron Allen as Arturo Ui; Joshua McGuane as Roma;

Geoff Gaskill as Dogsborough, The Actor, First Grocer and  First Actor; Tom Bartle as Givola and Gaffles; Stacey Carmichael as Sheet, Dockdaisy, Reporter, Betty Dullfeet, and Fifth Actor; Zach Eastwood as Giri;  Sam Lawrence as The Barker, Young Dogsborough, O'Casey, Third Grocer, Fish, Inna, Third Cicero Grocer and  Fourth Actor; Amber Connor as Flake, The Woman, Press, A Gunman, Third Grocer and  Third Actor; Callum Padgett as Mulberry, Goodwill, Greenwool, Defence Counsel, Dullfeet, Second Actor; Barry Eeles as Clark, Judge, Ensemble; Russell Perry as Butcher, Ragg, First Grocer, Prosecutor, Second Grocer, Ensemble; Zoe Prem as Bowl, Second Grocer, Jim Crockett, Roma's Bodyguard, Second Cicero Grocer, Ensemble;  Norm Lowe as Caruther, Manservant, Pastor, First Cicero Grocer, Ensemble.

The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui runs in the Woodbin April 20 - May 5.
Full performance and booking details are on our Comprehensive Diary HERE


Liam becomes Toxic in April...

Theatre of the Damned president Tony Dahl has announced the cast for his company’s April musical Toxic Avenger.
Liam Erck is in the title role, while Shani Clarke plays Sarah; Alicia Miller plays mayor /grandma; PJ White is the  black dude and Will Conway  the white dude.
The ensemble comprises Claire Miller,  Tori Stones, Leanne Treloar, Alysha Kitchingman, Elijah Ivelja, Liam South and Seth Baxter.

The Toxic Avenger is in the Shenton Centre April 20 - 28. 

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


Ben & Georgia in A Doll’s House at Ceres

Theatre of the Winged Unicorn has announced that it will present Henrik Ibsen's 1879 masterpiece, A Doll's House at the Ceres Hall in May.
The play is in experienced hands, directed by Elaine Mitchell assisted by Miriam Wood and with a set designed by Stuart and Alard Pett.
The on-stage cast is studded with award winners. It’s headed by Georgia Chara (right) and
Ben Mitchell (left) who play Nora and Torvald Helmer and includes Steven Georgiardis as Nils Krogstad, Kath O'Neill as Kristina Linde, Phillip Besancon as Dr. Rank and Melissa Mussellwhite as Anna Marie
A Doll's House is the play that made Henrik Ibsen famous across the world. Its message is universal and current, its theme is the need of every individual to find out the kind of person he or she really is and to strive to become that person. Ibsen showed that he knew what Freud and Yung were later to assert - that liberation can only come from within. Ibsen declared that what he really wanted was “A revolution of the spirit of humankind!’

A Dolls House is in Ceres Hall May 4 - 19.

Full performance and booking details are on our Comprehensive Diary HERE


The Gentle Beatles are coming in May

Drop Of A Hat’s 2018 season of Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed contains some unusual, innovative shows.
The History Of Rock And Roll, (scroll up for details) the company presents a very different Beatles tribute show presented by Colin Mockett with singer/guitarist Adam Parsons.
The Gentle Beatles, the show contains all the quiet, reflective numbers from the 60s supergroup - think Michelle, Norwegian Wood, Something, Here Comes The Sun and more, with each song’s background stories explained by Colin before being played quietly and gently by Adam.  The Gentle Beatles is in the Potato Shed 10.30am Tuesday April 15.
Tickets at $15 include, as always, interval refreshments from Baker’s Delight.

Full Booking details are on our Comprehensive Diary HERE


Lyric goes pro-European - also in May

Geelong Lyric Theatre Society has announced the following cast members for it’s production of Song Contest - the almost Eurovision Experience to be presented at GPAC in May.
Hosts are Terri Powell Bettina Bitjakokov,  Jocelyn Mackay Katarina Vogbogalov and  Jeremy Withers Ivan Adrinkalot  while the national representatives are: Amy Curtis – Poland and Ireland; Anna Flint – Hungary and Italy; Brendan Rossbotham – Italy, Norway and Poland; Charlotte Crowley – Hungary, Sweden, United Kingdom and Russia; Chris Anderson – Poland and United Kingdom; Christina Hunter – Germany, Iceland and Russia; David Greenwood – United Kingdom and Italy; Davina Smith – Germany, Greece and Russia; Declan Robinson – Iceland, Norway and Poland; Dylan McBurney – Germany and Iceland; Gemma Blake – Hungary, Sweden and United Kingdom; Georgia Peterson – Sweden, Hungary and Iceland; Jane Kosutic – Norway, Hungary and Iceland; Jenna Irvin – Sweden and United Kingdom; Jessica Ciccarelli – Greece and Norway; Keegan Stamp – Hungary, Greece and Iceland; Mae Udarbe – Sweden, Ireland and Norway; Sally Venn – Sweden, United Kingdom and Russia; Sanela Osmanovic – Ireland and Germany; Sascha Keet – Ireland and Greece; Scott Graham – Germany, Greece and Norway; Tracey McKeague – Ireland and Greece; Backing Vocalists are Audrey Davidson,  Lisa Zarb, Sindi Renea,  Michele Marcu and Rachel McKinnon.

Song Contest - the almost Eurovision Experience in sin the Playhouse May 10-19

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


There are more big musicals on the way...

Geelong’s love affair with musical theatre continues at a pace.
Our region’s companies are preparing to stage  a whole raft of new productions during 2018. Here’s the first seven..

Following Footlight’s Beauty and the Beast in January, and TotD’s The Toxic Avenger in April and  Song Contest -  The Almost Eurovision Experience presented by Geelong Lyric in May, comes   Shrek - The Musical staged by GSODA in June,  and Chicago, the musical  in August.  That’s from Theatre Of The Damned, too.  And the big ones - CenterStage Geelong will stage 42nd Street in March - and the Ben Elton/Queen musical We Will Rock You in July/August.
And that’s just the early listings. you can be sure that there’s more to come..

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


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


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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