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COMPREHENSIVE

DIARY

August 2017


Tuesday August 15
CONCERT: Soul Sister Swing returns by popular demand to sing the girl’s choice of close-harmony classics. Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed, tickets $15 include refreshments. Available from all CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

August 16, 17, 18, 19*
PLAY: Bakersfield Mist from Tasmanian Theatre Co and Straightjacket Productions. The value of art is examined when a woman buys what she thinks is a masterwork in an op shop... Part of GPAC’s imported theatre season. 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) in the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC. Tickets $58, $54 (Senior), $48 (Conc), $35 (under 27),  $20 (under 18) at GPAC 5225 1200.   

*****

August  17, 18, 19*

PlaySecret Bridesmaid’s Business directed by Debbie Fraser for Queenscliff Lighthouse Theatre Company. Modern Australian comedy 7.30pm (*1.30pm & 7.30pm) in Queenscliff Uniting Church hall. Tickets $30, $25 from qltg.org.au or the Queenscliff Visitor Information Centre, ph 5258 4843.
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August 17, 18, 19, 24, 25

PlayA Room With A View directed by Christine Davey for Skin Of Our Teeth theatre company. New adaptation of E M Forster’s novel 8.00pm in East Geelong’s Shenton Centre. Tickets $25, $22 (opening night $15) from trybooking.com


*****

Friday August 18
CONCERT: Arcadia Winds brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society. Musica Viva’s first FutureMakers ensemble with a diverse programme including Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. 7.30pm at McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St. Tickets $50, $45, $10 from http://www.gcms.org.au, GPAC 5225 1200 or at the door.

*****


Saturday August 19
CONCERT: From the Con to Kabul a fundraising concert for the Afghan Youth Orchestra featuring students and members of the Victorian Conservatorium. 7pm at the Keith Humble Centre, Geelong College, Aphrasia St. Entry by donation, book a seat ahead at trybooking.com

*****


Thursday August 24
BALLET: A Midsummer Night’s Dream staged and presented by Melbourne City Ballet. Shakespeare’s classic comedy staged as a fast-paced ballet as part of the Potato Shed’s 2017 season.  8.00pm  at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets $36, $32, $28 from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.


PLAY: The Eulogy written by John Cundill, directed by Gay Bell for Torquay Theatre Troupe. One act play on the subject of what our children might say about us at our funerals.. Short play, so a chance to mingle with the cast over supper at TTT’s home. 8.00pm at the Price St Theatre, Torquay. Tickets $20 at trybooking.com


*****

Friday August 25

CONCERTGeelong Symphony Orchestra presents A Night In Vienna. Fabian Russell conducting,  Frank Celata clarinet soloist. Programme consists of Mozart: Overture Don Giovanni; Mozart: Clarinet concerto in A Major and Beethoven’s Symphony No 7 in A Major Op 92. 8.00pm in the Costa Hall, Deakin Waterfront Campus, tickets $55 & $45, with generous discounts for early and series booking. Details from GPAC 5225 1200 or go to www.gpac.org.au/gsoearlybird 


*****

August 26, 27
FESTIVAL: The Anglesea One-Act Play Festival, hosted by Anglesea Performing Arts, sees around 20 one-act plays performed by companies from all over Victoria adjudicated this year by veteran thespian Doug Mann. Venue is Anglesea Memorial Hall, McMillan St. Sessions at 12pm, 4pm, 8pm,  tickets $15 session, $35 whole festival gold pass from trybooking.com or  at the door.

*****


Sunday August 27
CONCERT: Voices Of Our Time - Music of contemporary composers  sung by the Geelong Chorale. 3.00pm  at All Saints Church, Noble St Newtown.

*****


September 2017


September 6, 7, 8, 9*
PLAY: Pike St. from Epic Theatre & Melbourne Arts Centre. Human dramas unfold in the shadow of Manhattan Bridge.  Part of GPAC’s imported theatre season. 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) in the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC. Tickets $58, $54 (Senior), $48 (Conc), $35 (under 27),  $20 (under 18) at GPAC 5225 1200.   

*****

September 8, 9, 10*, 14, 15, 16, 17*, 21, 22, 23
PLAY: Exit Laughing   written by Paul Elliott,  directed by Geoff Gaskill for Geelong Rep.  A wild exciting ride that starts at a card night with the girls  continues Rep’s 2016 season. 7.30pm (*2.00pm) in the Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24 at GPAC 5225 1200


*****

Tuesday September 12
CONCERT: Pictures Worth 1,000 Words presented by Colin Mockett and Shirley Power. Images and films of old Geelong presented with a 21st Century slant.  Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed, tickets $15 include refreshments. Available from all CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

Friday September 15
CONCERT: Stephen McIntyre brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society. Our eminent Australian pianist brings piano milestones from  Scarletti to Chopin, Debussy to Prokofiev. 7.30pm at McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St. Tickets $50, $45, $10 from http://www.gcms.org.au, GPAC 5225 1200 or at the door.

*****

September 15, 16
DANCE: Women directed by Sally Pearson for Dance Initiative. Four women’s lives interpreted in modern dance as part of the Potato Shed’s season.  8.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets  $32 from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.


*****

Sunday September 17

CONCERT: By The Waters Of Babylon sung by Australian Chamber Choir. Heartwrenching text telling of the exile of a people from their homeland. Part of Music at the Basilica series. 7.30pm in St Mary’s Basilica,  tickets  $30/$25 from trybooking/OMZZ or at the door

*****

September 21, 22, 23*
PLAY: What Rhymes With Cars And Girls from Melbourne Theatre Co. Based on You Am I’s album of the same name, the songs, performed live,  are woven into a love story described as ‘an intimate musical jewel’.  Part of GPAC’s imported theatre season. 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) in the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC. Tickets $69, $65, (Senior), $59 (Conc), $35 (under 27),  $20 (under 18) at GPAC 5225 1200.   

*****

Friday September 22

CONCERT: MSO Plays Ravel Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conductor André de Ridder plays Mozart Symphony No.3, Chin Mannequin (AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE), Ravel Piano Concerto, Ravel La Valse, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano. 7.30pm (free pre-concert talk from 6.30pm) at the Costa Hall, Deakin University’s waterfront campus. Tickets $102, $97, $85, $53 from GPAC 5225 1200

*****



October 2017


October 6, 7, 12, 13, 14*
MUSICAL: Heathers directed by Christian Cavallo for GSODA’s Senior company.  Big American contemporary high-school based comedy musical with a message. 7.30pm (2.00pm & 7.30pm) in GPAC’s Playhouse Theatre. Tickets $45, $39 at GPAC 5225 1200.


*****

Sunday October 8
CONCERT: Sing Into Spring with Geelong Harmony Chorus as part of the Geelong Seniors Festival.  2.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets  $22, $18, $15, $12 includes afternoon tea. Available from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.


*****

Tuesday October 10
CONCERT: Pure Gold from the Drop Of A Hatband returning by popular demand the Hatband’s choice of classic hits presented in their own inimitable way... Colin explains the story behind the songs - then the band plays it beautifully. Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed, tickets $15 include refreshments. Available from all CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

October 11, 12, 13, 14*
PLAY: The Popular Mechanicals from  State Theatre Co of  South Australia. Shakespeare’s most popular clowns, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in a reimagined modern comedy classic.  Part of GPAC’s imported theatre season. 8.00pm (*1.00pm & 8.00pm) in the Playhouse Theatre, GPAC. Tickets $69, $65 (Senior), $59 (Conc), $35 (under 27),  $20 (under 18) at GPAC 5225 1200.   

*****

Thursday October 12
PLAY: Birdcage Thursdays written by Sandra Fiona Long and brought from La Mama as part of the Potato Shed’s season. A theatrical look at the tragedies of hoarding 8.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets  $36, $32, $28 from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.


*****

Sunday October 15
CONCERT: Marvellous Deakin - The Man Who Dreamed Australia  a musical documentary biography of the man voted Australia’s best PM. Presented by historian Colin Mockett with musician Shirley Power as part of History Week 2017. 3.00pm in the Coach House Room at the Vue Grand Hotel, Queenscliff.
Tickets $15 from the Queenscliff Historical Museum, Hesse St.


Sunday October 22
FAMILY DAY: The Potato Shed’s Free Family Fun Day Out attracts thousands to the Shed between 11am and 3.00pm with live performance, music, activities  Free, just turn up - more info phone 5251 1998.


SING: For The Joy Of Singing The Classics  a one-off chance to join a big choir hosted by members of Geelong Chorale to sing classic choruses. This time it’s Requiem by Johannes Brahms conducted by Anne Pilgrim. 2.00pm to 5.00pm at St Luke’s Uniting Church, cnr Barrabool & Scenic Rds, Highton. Cost $15 includes afternoon tea. more on 0412 524 316.


CONCERT: Marvellous Deakin - The Man Who Dreamed Australia  a musical documentary biography of the man voted Australia’s best PM. Presented by historian Colin Mockett with musician Shirley Power as part of History Week 2017. 3.00pm in the Coach House Room at the Vue Grand Hotel, Queenscliff.
Tickets $15 from the Queenscliff Historical Museum, Hesse St.


*****

Friday October 27

CONCERT Geelong Symphony Orchestra presents Last Night Of The Proms with conductor Kevin Cameron with guest artists, soloists and chorus including the Geelong Chorale. Music by Borodin, Elgar, Holst, Handel, Williams etc including the famous Jerusalem, Land Of Hope And Glory and more. You’re invited to bring and wave flags, throw streamers and make the occasion memorable. MC - Colin Mockett. 8.00pm in the Costa Hall, Deakin Waterfront Campus, tickets $55 & $45, with generous discounts for early and series booking. Details from GPAC 5225 1200 or go to www.gpac.org.au/gsoearlybird 


*****

Saturday October 28

CONCERT Geelong Symphony Orchestra presents Last Night Of The Proms with conductor Kevin Cameron with guest artists, soloists and chorus including the Geelong Chorale. Music by Borodin, Elgar, Holst, Handel, Williams etc including the famous Jerusalem, Land Of Hope And Glory and more. You’re invited to bring and wave flags, throw streamers and make the occasion memorable. MC - Colin Mockett. 2.00pm in the Costa Hall, Deakin Waterfront Campus, tickets $55 & $45, with generous discounts for early and series booking. Details from GPAC 5225 1200 or go to www.gpac.org.au/gsoearlybird 


Sunday October 29
MUSICAL: Exposing Edith created and performed by Michaela Burger and arriving as part of the Potato Shed’s 2017 season.  The life story - and songs - of Edith Piaf . 2.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  Tickets  $36, $32, $25 available from CoGG outlets or phone 5251 1998.


*****


November 2017


November 6, 9, 10, 11, 12*, 16, 17, 18

PLAY: When Dad Married Fury  directed by Michael Baker for Torquay Theatre Troupe. Written by David Williamson, sharply-observed Australian social drama. When Dad arrives home with a much younger wife, family members worry and scurry about their inheritance. 8.00pm (*2.00pm) in Torquay’s Price St Theatre, tickets $23, $20 from trybooking.com


*****

November 10, 11, 12

DANCE FESTIVAL: Spring Dance weekend hosted by Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria at the Parks Hall, Portarlington. Friday night welcome dance, Saturday social & six dance workshops, plus workshops for musicians. Details on //tsday.asn.au


*****

Tuesday November 14
CONCERT: A Very Grumpy Christmas those Grumpy Old Men, Bryan, Robert & Colin, their Grumpy Old Manhandler Shirley and some surprise guests present Christmas from a Grumpy point of view. Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed, tickets $15 include refreshments. Available from all CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

November 17 - 25
PANTO: The Grinch   presented by Medimime sees Geelong’s theatre and medical communities come together in order to raise money for our hospital. In the Drama Theatre, details at GPAC 5225 1200


*****

November 17, 18, 19*, 23, 24, 25, 26*, 30 (Dec 1, 2)
PLAY: The Butler Did It   written by Tim Kelly and directed by Jon Mamonski for Geelong Rep.  Rep’s now traditional end-of-season comedy parodies just about every British mystery play from an American comedy viewpoint. 7.30pm (*2.00pm) in the Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24 at GPAC 5225 1200


*****

Friday November 24
CONCERT: Melbourne Chamber Orchestra brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society. With a Russian-flavoured concert featuring violin soloist Shane Chen.  7.30pm at McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St. Tickets $50, $45, $10 from http://www.gcms.org.au, GPAC 5225 1200 or at the door.

*****

Sunday November 26
AWARDS: Geelong’s Theatre Awards Ceremony Geelong’s glamorous night of nights begins 6.00pm when the red carpet is rolled out at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  
The venue will be at its glossiest for an event that will see Geelong’s theatre people at their best in suits and posh frocks for their ‘best of’ musical and non-musical 2017 awards ceremony which replaces this website’s Virtual Oscars. It’s cabaret seating, BYO nibbles, free soft drinks, tea and coffee with the bar open and stocked with celebratory bubbly. All tickets $20, book at 5251 1998 or CoGG service centres.


*****


December 2017


Saturday December 2
CONCERT: A Carol To Sing Geelong Chorale’s annual celebration for Christmas. 5.00pm  at All Saints Anglican Church, Noble St Newtown.

*****

Tuesday December 12
PLAYS: 12 X 12 Festival presents twelve new plays each 12 minutes long on the 12th December. 7.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale. Tickets $20 from CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****


Sunday December 24

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: In Johnstone Park from dusk presented by Geelong Ys Mens club. Fine artists give their time for Geelong’s traditional candlelit celebration. 
Free entry.


*****


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March 16, 17*, 18**, 22, 23, 24*

MUSICAL42nd St - Broadway’s biggest show presented by CenterStage Geelong. 7.30pm, (*1.30pm & 7.30pm; **3.00pm)
at  GPAC’s Playhouse Theatre, tickets $44.50, $40, $36 from GPAC 5225 1200.


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