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APA’s bringing their Hope Song to Anglesea



This weekend sees the final chance to catch Anglesea’s Performing Arts’ work, The Hope Song, playing in the town’s Community Hall as part of Mental Health Week and the Arts of The Mind Festival.
It’s a mint-new, relevant and highly engaging theatre piece by writer Janet Brown,  co-directed by Iris Walshe-Howling and Janine McKenzie.
Their play-with-songs takes the form of verbatim theatre, based on interviews with seven people who shared their experiences and insights with writer Janet.
The Hope Song uses seven experienced and talented actors to deliver those words in neatly constructed sequences including each participant’s choice of favourite musical works.
These songs - ranging from Paul Simon to
Madonna,  are performed by  the cast augmented by a group drawn from three community choirs.
It all makes for an engaging, enlightening and frequently humorous theatre and music experience that had our reviewer - editor Colin Mockett - purring.

Read our No-Nonsense Review HERE

See the show’s Virtual Oscar nominations HERE

The Hope Song runs until October 20.  Booking details on the Comprehensive Diary HERE


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Alfred Deakin returns to Queenscliff’s Vue Grand





Geelong’s Drop Of A Hat Productions has signed to repeat its successful musical biography of Alfred Deakin for History Week 2017. Titled Marvellous Deakin - The Man Who Dreamed Australia - the show will begin and close the week in Queenscliff, at a most suitable venue - the elegant, historic Vue Grand Hotel. 
Alfred and his family were frequent visitors to Queenscliff - they built a holiday home along the coast at Point Lonsdale, and would travel to it using the Queenscliff - St Kilda ferry.  
Three-times prime minister Alfred Deakin was that most rare of creatures, an honest politician who was liked - and trusted - by everyone. Even his political enemies acknowledged that he always acted with the intention of improving his nation. His governments earned Australia a reputation for kindness, introducing such measures as free education, workplace laws and old-age pensions.
He and his family were musical, too, with his sister (and chief political adviser) a trained concert pianist. Many of the Deakins’ favourite musical pieces are included in
Marvellous Deakin - which earned excellent reports following its original March opening. (Read Bryan Eaton’s review HERE).

At the View Grand Hotel, the show will be performed in the newly-renovated Coach House room which seats just 80 people - hence the need for two shows. Both performances will be Sunday afternoons at 3pm, allowing the opportunity to combine with lunch or afternoon tea at the venue. The show ticket price will be $15, available through the Queenscliff Museum, which is opposite the venue in Hesse St.


Find booking details the Comprehensive Diary HERE


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After Vienna - Our Orchestra Takes To The Proms



Following its sensational five-ovation A Night In Vienna, Geelong Symphony Orchestra is preparing for another memorable presentation.

It’s a concert that’s already so popular that an extra night has already been scheduled - so it’s now on Friday 27 and Saturday 28th October - for the ever-popular Last Night Of The Proms with conductor Kevin Cameron and guest artists, soloists and chorus.
The evenings will be MC’d by this site’s editor, Colin Mockett. 
Music comprises those familiar Proms pieces by Borodin, Elgar, Holst, Handel, Williams etc including the famous
Jerusalem, Land Of Hope And Glory and more.
The audience is invited to bring and wave flags, throw streamers and make the occasion memorable.
And it’s possible to book for both concerts online now.
Ticket sales are open for all GSO concerts, available online from gso.org.au or at the GPAC box office

Performance dates and  booking details are on the Comprehensive Diary HERE



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When Dad Married Fury - in Torquay

Torquay Theatre Troupe is well into rehearsals for its final 2017 production, of the modern Australian social comedy, David Williamson's When Dad Married Fury.
The play, directed by Michael Baker, opens in Torquay’s Price St Theatre in early November. It features husband and wife
Paul and Meryl Friend in a rare opportunity to appear on stage together - along with Mandy Calderwood,  Robyn Farrar, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Fred Preston and Gay Bell.
Written in 2012, the play’s plotline follows a modern  family’s disruption when its rich elderly father marries a much younger - and fiery woman.

Word from the Torquay rehearsal room is that this Fury is sharply satirical and very funny indeed.

Add in the compact size of their theatre, along director Michael - and TTT’s - reputations, it’s advisable to book early. Tickets are available through https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=286753


When Dad Married Fury opens November 6
in the Price St Theatre. Details on the Diary HERE


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   The Butler Did It in the Woodbin - for Geelong Rep

Geelong Rep first-time director Jon Mamonski  has announced his cast for Rep’s traditional final comedy production for the year.
The play is the American comedy/farce
The Butler Did It which parodies just about every English murder mystery ever written - from Agatha Christie to John Buchan to Charlie Chan - but always with a distinctive American touch.
It’s a fast-paced romp and director Jon’s cast includes a rich mix of Rep regulars and fine local comedy actors. It has Scott Beaton playing Louie Chan;  
Nicole Hickman as Miss Maple;  Dan Eastwood plays Chandler Marlowe; Liam Erck is Rick Carlyle; Lauren Aitken plays Laura Carlyle; Terry Barrow, Rita; Emma Jones is Miss Haversham; Barry Eeles plays  Peter Flimsy; Steven Georgiades  is Father White  and Alex McTavish plays  Charity Haze.
Scott Beaton is director
Jon’s mentor,  Ben Crowley is the show’s Production Coordinator  and  Phoebe Harmathy handles the  Sound and Lighting. 
The Butler Did It opens November 17 in the Woodbin Theatre. Details on the Diary HERE


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Medimime’s bringing The Grinch to Geelong

This year’s Medimime production will be The Grinch, a modern pantomime based on the Dr. Suess story ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’.  The show is suitable for the whole family and features a mix of modern and well-known music. All proceeds will be donated to Barwon Health - University Hospital’s Heath Wing 3 - Paediatrics Ward.The show is directed by Liz Lester, assisted by Ken Hemmens.  Deanne Elliott is vocal director, Michelle McDowall choreographer. The Grinch is at GPAC from November. As always, the cast is a mix of Geelong’s medical and theatre fraternities.
It features; as 
The Grinch, Scott Graham; Annie Good - Hannah Stolz; Nora Good - Scott Bradley, Colin - Seamus Kennedy; The Mayor - Colin Riley;  Pinchit - Oliver Russell; Santa - Daniel Grocott; Widget - Jo MacCarthy; Snow Queen-Kate Gore; Grimble - Chris Maxwell; Spirit of Christmas - Deanne Elliott; Polly Watt - Grace Williamson and Ava McInnes; Barwon Elf - Tina Johnston;  Stein - Jessica Ronchi; Halfpint - Tess Chatham; Bats and Echoes are: Leanne Treloar,  Georgia Hermans, Daisy Alexander, Karen Long,  Louise Guilfoyle and Zoe Emi Prem.  Ken is Jase Harrison,  Barbies are Erin Bloye,  Charlotte Crowley, Larissa Zanardo and Sarah Booth. The adult ensemble comprises: Jane Kosutic, Cait Sartori,   Louise Guilfoyle, Erin Bloye, Karen Long, Jase Harrison, Katelyn Williams, Daisy Alexander, Charlotte Crowley, Larissa Zanardo, Zoe Emi Prem, Leanne Treloar, Georgia Hermans,,  Tina Johnston  and Bart Abbas. Children ensemble includes: Sophie Cutropia, Tilly Lewis, Jake Birley, Sebastian Dowler, Aurora Curtis, Melissa Hodgkins, Anna Birley, Grace Williamson, Ava McInnis, Monty Henderson, Connor McKinnon, Tess Chatham, Lindsay Musella, Kayla Booth, Amelia Treloar, Stella Hely, Grace McConachy, Sophia Grant, Rylah Chandler, Sienna Perdersen, Coby Stott, Mia Walters, Trinity Marell Seach, Ruby Dillon, Samantha McCoombe


The Grinch opens November 17 in the Drama Theatre. Details on the Diary HERE


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Book Now For Geelong’s Night of Glamour




Geelong’s first ever Theatre Awards night will be Sunday November 26, 2017 at The Potato Shed. The glittering red-carpet event will replace this site’s ‘Virtual Oscar’ awards which have recognised excellence in our region’s theatrical productions, performers and performances since 2009.

The evening will allow our region’s theatre community the chance to get together and fraternise, to don elegant frocks and foyer suits and create their own glamour ceremony.
Venue and staff will be primped and pizzazzed for the occasion with red carpet, bright lights, and special celebrity guest presenters.
But alongside all the theatrical glitz, we’re determined to make the occasion accessible and affordable. Although the 150-seat venue will be cabaret seating, the night will be BYO nibbles. The bar will be open and stocked with plenty of celebratory bubbles as well as wine, ciders and beers -  while tea, coffee and soft drinks will be free.
And the evening’s cost is just $20 a head.
The doors will open at 6.00pm, with the ceremony beginning 7.00pm. After each category's prizes are listed and handed out - and some suitable theatre-themed entertainment - the official part of the evening should finish by 9.00pm. But the bar and venue will remain open for any group wishing to kick on and party.
Our system of appraisal for the awards will not change - our reviewers will nominate their choice of best productions/performers in musical and non-musical categories after seeing each show.
And just as with our
Virtual Oscars, our panel will choose from each list to select the best to be awarded.
But now our winners will receive a
real trophy, to pose with, own, take away, and place in a prime bragging position - as well as being immortalised on our website for future cyber reference.

Bookings are open NOW for Geelong Theatre’s night of nights. Booking Details HERE.

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Macbeth & Midsummers Dream twice

in our nine-Shakespeare line-up.


Geelong saw two versions of Shakespeare’s classic Scottish play Macbeth in 2017,  part of a big year for the Bard in our region.  The year features no fewer than NINE Shakespearean presentations in different formats,  with two Midsummer Night’s Dreams to come. The first Macbeth was on the lawns of the Geelong Botanical Gardens, staged  by local open-air Shakespeare specialists OZACT in January. It was a traditional version of the powerful drama directed by Bruce Widdop. In February,  the Bard’s Much Ado About Nothing was presented as  ‘Shakespeare In The Vines’  by Essential Theatre at Leura Park winery, at Curlewis on the Bellarine Peninsula. March saw Macbeth  return, transposed to corporate Australia in the 1950s by Skin Of Our Teeth Productions and presented at the Geelong West Town HallIn August the first fairy comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream is presented by Melbourne City Ballet at the Potato Shed, Drysdale, then the Dream’s clown spin-off  comedy The Popular Mechanicals comes to GPAC as part of the centre’s theatre season, before the Dream returns again, mid October , presented by Skin Of Our Teeth as an outdoor presentation at the Otway Fly. That’s followed by Sly Rat Production’s versions of The Tempest at the Otway Light station from November 4, then Romeo and Juliet in the Vines of Otway Estate from November 18.

Dates, times, booking details of all are on the Comprehensive Diary HERE

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Footlight’s bringing Beauty And The Best in 2018



Geelong’s Footlight Productions has announced the cast list and  production team for next year’s production - Disney’s Beauty & the Beast.

The company keeps to its team that successfully presented Wicked in 2017 - that’s director  Alister Smith, musical director John Shawcross and choreographer Lochlan Erard.

Their cast comprises, as Belle - Nicole Kaminski; Beast - Joshua McGuane; Lumiere - Adam Porter; Mrs Potts - Emma Clair; Ford
Cogsworth - Jamie McGuane; Chip - Mitchell Jeffreys and Kempton Maloney; Madame de la Grande Bouche - Hayley Wood; Babette - Hannah Pohlenz; Gaston - Vaughn Rae; Lefou - Greg Shawcross; Maurice - Brendan Rossbotham; Silly Girls - Rosie Byth, Cassie Chappell, Casey Reid; Monsieur D'Arque - Liam Ryder. 
Ensemble comprises: Lucy Blackwood, Rosie Byth, Ashley Boyd, Cassie Chappell, Tara Dunstan, Jana Gousmett, Madelyn Ludbrook, Alysia Macleod, Ally Miller, India Ney, Amanda Paris, Casey Reid, Taylah Ritchie, Amy Whitfield,  Andrew Coomber, Steve Horman, Joel Lewis, Charlie McIntyre, Aidan O'Cleirigh, Liam Ryder, David Van Etten, Noah Vernonm and Joshua Vucicevic.

Auditions, performance dates and  booking details will be published when announced.



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33 Theatre Companies In Our Region



Geelong’s theatre scene widened a little more in December with the launch of Tony & Elise Dahl’s new Theatre Of The Damned
That event prompted this site to compile a list of all the community theatre and stage companies in our region. Here’s our starting list of 33. We welcome your input if we’ve missed anyone...

Geelong region’s community Theatre Groups.

Non-musical, drama and comedy companies

3222 for Kids

Anglesea Performing Arts

Bayside Entertainment And Theatre

Bellarine Jongleurs

Black Ibis Productions

Blink Dance Theatre

Blunt Productions

Comic Genius Productions

Doorstep Ensemble

Drop Of A Hat Productions

Essential Theatre

Frankie Starr Productions

Geelong Production Company

Geelong Repertory Theatre Society

Mad As Us

Musicbox Theatre Company

Queenscliff Lighthouse Theatre Company

Skin of our Teeth

Theatre 3222

Torquay Theatre Troupe

Theatre of the Winged Unicorn


Musical Theatre Companies

CenterStage

CenterStage Juniors

Footlight Productions

Geelong Musical Comedy Company
Geelong Lyric Theatre Society

Geelong Lyric Youth Theatre

GSODA Senior company
GSODA Juniors

GSODA Theatre Collective

Medimime

Parcell Productions
Theatre Of The Damned


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Our Art Gallery’s in cyberspace

Geelong Gallery has put its entire collection of well over 5,000 artworks on a database available through the Gallery's website. Physically, entry is free to the Lt Malop St Gallery - which houses one of most significant art collections in the State -  but if you can’t make it in person - or don’t want to risk CoGG’s prowling parking officers - the works are available online free, too. You can access them via a number of different search categories including artists' names, the title or date of a work, its medium or credit line. Over 2,000 search results are accompanied by images. The Geelong Gallery is a trailblazer in this regard - very few Australian public galleries have made their entire collection of works of art electronically accessible.
The initiative was made possible through a grant from the Gordon Darling Foundation. To view the database, access the Gallery's website
geelonggallery.org.au/


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..and on Geelong’s stages there’s so much more


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 free music sessions Thursday evenings from 7.30pm in Vines Rd Community Centre (details 0401 671 310)   and Sunday music sessions alternating at the Telegraph Hotel (from 4.30pm) and The Barking Dog, (from 6.00pm) - both are in Pakington St - as well as open mic sessions at the Elephant & Castle in East Geelong and in Drysdale. Check the website geelongfolkmusicclub.com 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.

 
If you have an event that should be listed here, tell us.


Information included anywhere on this website is free. If there is any other thing you would like us to include, just click here to let us know


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