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it’s this week in Queenscliff

Queenscliff’s Lighthouse Theatre Group is  currently staging  Elizabeth Coleman’s contemporary  Australian comedy drama Secret Bridesmaids’ Business in the township’s Uniting Church Hall.

The play is set in a hotel the night before Meg Bacon's wedding.
She and her bridesmaids are planning to kick up their heels when a bizarre set of coincidences and an unforeseen scandal threatens to ruin the whole affair. The play pokes fun at the today’s wedding industry as well as revealing some modern social dilemmas.
Director Debbie Fraser has chosen a highly suitable cast including: as bride Meg Bacon: Caity Ellett; Colleen Bacon, her mother: Melinda Hughes; Angela Dixon, Matron of Honour: Georgyia Tino; Bridesmaid Lucy Dean: Bernadette Byrne; friend Naomi Bartlett: Lauren Nicholls; Groom James Davis: Andrew Percy and housemaid: Nicole Hickman.

Secret Bridesmaids Business runs until August 19. Booking details on the Comprehensive Diary HERE

Read our No-Nonsense Review HERE

See the play’s Virtual Oscar nominations HERE


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SOOT presents A Room With A View

Christine Davey’s Skin Of Our Teeth productions is staging a unique version of  A Room With A View.
It’s adapted from the E.M. Forster novel by local writer and actor Emma Watson, who, incidentally, is also the show’s costumier, milliner and assistant director to Christine.
Their tale explores the journey of Lucy Honeychurch, in 1905, as she seeks love, adventure and a sense of purpose in a changing world.
The SOOT promo reads... ‘This lush, timeless piece will have you spellbound.
With a wonderful cast, including such theatrical talents as Jules Hart, Alex McTavish, Barry Eeles, Matthew Bertram, Lauren Atkin, Emma Jones and John Murphy, this sumptuous re-telling of a classic novel is as resonant today - after all - love is love. Don't miss this beautiful, funny, poignant story’.

A Room With A View runs until August 25 in the Shenton Centre. Details on the Diary HERE


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Conservatorium Concert raises funds and hope

A concert with a difference - and a great deal of heart - is being  held in Geelong on Saturday 19 August. 

 It's organised by students of her Melbourne University’s Conservatorium of Music who are studying for their Masters degrees in Musicology. Many are from Geelong. The concert will feature students and members of the Conservatorium who will perform to raise funds to help young Afghani musicians, who have known only war in their lifetimes and don't have the same opportunities to learn music as Australians. This is particularly true for girls, whose lessons were illegal under the Taliban. 

 The performers will present a variety of both instrumental and vocal styles and are of the highest calibre; a number of them are from the Geelong area, and all are donating their time and talents to this worthy cause.  

Audience members are asked to donate whatever they can, but if you'd like to book a seat in the 250-seat auditorium, go to trybooking.com and search Con to Kabul.

Venue: Keith Humble Centre, Geelong College, Aphrasia Street Newtown. 

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Lots of Shorts on stage at Anglesea’s Festival

If you love your theatre short and sharp, or no-nonsense and varied, now it the time to prepare for Anglesea’s One-Act Play Festival.
It’s our region’s premier short playfest, and it draws players and companies from throughout Victoria.

This year, the 26th annual event presents 19 plays over the full weekend, competing for cash prizes -and the title of our region’s best - all adjudicated by veteran Geelong thespian Doug Mann.

All plays are between 20 - 45 minutes in length, there’s  a festival cafe and Saturday night wine bar.

Sessions begin at 12 noon, 4pm and 8pm, - they cost $15 per session - and a full weekend Gold Pass costs $35.

As the promo says - grab some friends and go to Anglesea to see a bunch of colourful shorts!


Anglesea’s One-Act Festival weekend is August 26 & 27. Details on the Diary HERE


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Our Orchestra looks to Vienna and the Proms



Geelong’s Symphony Orchestra is preparing two more concerts for the year, both with popular themes.
The orchestra’s second 2017 concert
on Friday 25 August is called A Night In Vienna.
It has Fabian Russell conducting with Frank Celata clarinet soloist. It consists of Mozart: Overture Don Giovanni; Mozart: Clarinet concerto in A Major and Beethoven’s Symphony No 7 in A Major Op 92.

The final concert for 2017, on Friday October 27 is the ever-popular Last Night Of The Proms with conductor Kevin Cameron with guest artists, soloists and chorus. It will be MC’d by this site’s editor, Colin Mockett.  Music is 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.
Ticket sales are open for all GSO concerts, available online from
www.gpac.org.au/gsoearlybird or buy packages at the GPAC box office

Performance dates and  booking details are on the Comprehensive Diary HERE



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Be prepared to Exit Laughing at the Woodbin


Geelong Rep director Geoff Gaskill has announced the cast for the company’s penultimate production for 2017 - Paul Elliot’s Exit Laughing.
The small, tight modern American adult comedy will play in Rep’s comfortable Woodbin Theatre mid September.
The storyline follows four women who meet regularly for cards - but things get wild when one dies...
In the Geelong version,
Jessica Leaming will play Rachel, Tina Rettke is Connie, Majella O’Connor plays Lenora, Claudia Clark Millie and Jayden Course is Bobby.
Tina and Claudia were recently in Rep’s
Pygmalion, while Majella starred in the company’s first 2017 production, Quartet.


Exit Laughing opens in the Woodbin September 8.  Details on the Diary HERE


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GSODA’s bringing Heathers the Musical


Geelong’s GSODA senior company has announced that it will be presenting the American rock musical Heathers in at GPAC’s Playhouse in October. 
The show will be in the hands of an experienced GSODA production team, with Christian Cavallo in the director’s chair, Phil Kearney his musical director, Tania Spence vocal director and Nikki Lenaghan choreographer.
Set in an American high school,
Heathers opened off-Broadway in 2014. Based on a cult film, it quickly became similarly a cult stage musical.
The show’s title
Heathers comes from the clique name for the school’s group of most beautiful and privileged girls.  But privileges have their price..
Inside its comedy structure,
Heathers deals with issues of bullying, teen suicide, homophobia and gun violence. The Geelong cast includes Shani Clarke, Connor Morel, Nicole Kaminski, David & Jess Senftleben, Chloe Stojanovic, Shane Lee, Shayne Lowe, P J White, Tyler Stevens and Tessa Reed, with a large ensemble including: Aashlea Oakes, Alysha Kitchingman, Amy Pullen, Damian Caruso, Dylan Roberts, Eijah Ivelja, Maddy Magher, Matilda Hassell, Amanda Paris, Angus Brown Ben Arnold, Caitlyn Lear, Courtney Vos, Hannah Stoltz, India Ney, Katie Loxton, Liam Erck, Letitia Bayliss, Mitch Walters, Nina Chivers Tash Henningsen and Trent Inturrisi.

Heathers opens October 6 in the Playhouse. Dates, details on the Comprehensive 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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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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We’re seeing Macbeth & Midsummer Dream
twice each in our nine Shakespeare plays.


Geelong saw two versions of Shakespeare’s classic Scottish play Macbeth in 2017,  part of a big year for the Bard in our region.  We will be featuring no fewer than NINE Shakespearean presentations in different formats, during the year, 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 that the production team that brought Wicked to Geelong will reunite for next year’s production - Disney’s Beauty & the Beast.

That’s director - Alister Smith, musical director John Shawcross and choreographer Lochlan Erard.

The company will hold auditions in August. Watch the facebook page or this site for details as they are announced.

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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