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The Butler can’t have done it at the Woodbin

Geelong Rep’s traditional final comedy production for the year is the American comedy/farce The Butler Did It. It’s a lightweight spoof, by prolific writer Tim Kelly, which parodies just about every English murder mystery.
First-time Rep director Jon Mamonski selected an experienced - and well-seasoned - cast for the play which sends up the early 20th Century genre, from Agatha Christie to John Buchan to Charlie Chan - with a distinctive American touch.
It’s a cheerfully dated romp with every one of the cast taking the opportunity to ham up their parts around the central character,  Miss Maple, played by 
Nicole Hickman. Her guests include Scott Beaton as Louie Chan and Dan Eastwood as Chandler Marlowe (both nominated for ‘best support actor); Liam Erck  and Lauren Aitken play Rick & Laura Carlyle; Barry Eeles is dapper Englishman, Peter Flimsy; Steven Georgiadis plays the priestly Father White  and Alex McTavish vamps  her character, Charity Haze to another nomination. As Miss Maples staff, Terry Barrow is a stern secretary, Rita, while  Emma Jones plays the hapless maid-with-a-past, Haversham.
You’ll notice that there is a glaring omission to the above cast. This play, set in an isolated cut-off country house  has no butler
.  So realistically, he couldn’t have dunnit. But it does have red herrings aplenty in its happily dated, ultra-light comedy format.
The Butler Did It runs until December 2 in the Woodbin Theatre. Details on the Diary HERE

Read the play’s no-nonsense review HERE

See the VO nominations HERE


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Geelong companies up for Awards - at the double!





Geelong’s Footlight Productions leads the city’s foray into the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Awards, to be held on December 9 in Bendigo.

The company’s January production of Wicked received ten nominations from the Guild.
They were for
best production; best director - Alister Smith, (who was also nominated ‘best  choreographer);  best musical director - John Shawcross; best sound - Marcello Lo Ricco; best lead

actress(es) - (both) Sophie Collins and Morgan Heynes; dancer's award - Lochlan Erard;  ensemble award and best design for the show’s staging of ‘Defying Gravity’.
Other Geelong Guild nominations went to CenterStage Geelong for their production of
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. These were for best  musical direction  - Daniel Heskett; best male performer in a supporting role (both) Patt Ryan and Tim Maloney; best  junior performer (both) - Sophia Grant and Kempton Maloney.

Theatre of the Damned received two nominations for  its Altar Boyz, for best male performer in a supporting role - Jye Cannon; and for the Alter Boyz themselves in the ‘best ensemble’ category.

Congratulations to all concerned.
Those companies will take to Melbourne having already gained our  Geelong Theatre Awards - Footlight’s
Wicked taking ‘Best Musical Production’ as well as Sophie and Morgan ‘Best Lead Female Actors’; while Chitty Chitty took awards for Best Support Male Actors - to Patt and Tim, and also to Kempton Maloney (Most Refreshing Newcomer).   The Damned’s Altar Boyz took the Most Innovative Feature award for creating the Boyz singing group.


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More Midsummer Night Dreams in December




Christine Davey’s Skin of our Teeth Productions will revive it’s recent Otway Fly open-air presentation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream - but this time at at Murgheboluc Reserve.

Opening December 16, the cast is - Jules Hart (Bottom), Rose Musselwhte (Puck), Graci Lynch (Titania/Hippolyta), Steven Georgiadis (Oberon/Theseus), Glen Barton (Demetrius), Simon Carroll (Lysander), Cathryn Blennerhasset (Hermia), Mary Steuten (Helena), Stephanie Georgiadis (Starveling), Michele Johnstone (Flute), Barry Eeles (Qunce/Egeus), Melissa Musselwhite (Peaseblossom), Wendy Robinson (Saggy Bottome), Christine Davey (Mustardseed).

The performances are at 5.30pm, BYO picnic, tea and coffee is available - and all tickets are $20.
Booking Details HERE.

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2018 holds great promise for Geelong’s theatre fans


Geelong’s thriving theatre scene is set to flourish even further in 2018, with an impressive list of productions released or planned. Quite apart from Footlight’s Beauty And The Beast and ToD’s Chicago and Toxic Avenger - both previewed on this page, Geelong Lyric, CenterStage,  GSODA, Geelong Rep, Skin of Our Teeth and Drop Of A Hat Productions have all released exciting projects for the New Year.
First, the musicals. Following
Beauty and the Beast in late January and early February, CenterStage will stage the big musical 42nd Street in March, while Theatre of the Damned will present The Toxic Avenger in April. May sees Song Contest -  The Almost Eurovision Experience
presented by Geelong Lyric while June sees  Shrek - The Musical presented by GSODA’s senior company. Chicago, presented by Theatre of the Damned in August and such is the competition that Lyric has already announced that it will stage Strictly Ballroom - the Musical in May 2019!
On the non-musical scene, Geelong Rep will be presenting a double dose of Neil Simon, with his Jake’s Women opening the company’s season in February, while the company stages Bertolt Brecht’s political satire The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui in late April and early May. Later
in May, Skin of Our Teeth will stage an adaptation Charlotte Brontë’s bonnet-clad romantic drama Jane Eyre. June and July has Rep presenting their second dose of Neil Simon - his romantic comedy  Barefoot in the Park while September has  a heartwarming social comedy, The Charitable Sisterhood Of The Second Trinity Victory Church directed by Geoff Gaskill, again for Geelong Rep. November sees Skin Of Our Teeth present the stage adaption of TV’s Black Adder Goes Forth while, later in the month, Rep presents Noel Coward’s 1930s classic Private Lives.  
Drop Of A Hat’s musical concert series for CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed has a delightful mix, too. It kicks off in
March with The History Of Rock & Roll, presented by Colin Mockett with The Hip Cats, while April has the Gentle Beatles, presented by Adam Parsons with his acoustic guitar. May sees Alfred Deakin’s Women  presented by Shirley & Colin as a follow up to their 2017 biography of the man judged Australia’s finest prime minister.  June has Fun With The Celts! - from wacky Irish toasts to off Welsh myths; while August presents slick harmonies from the polished Sassy Soul Sisters. October sees a historical biography of our fortified seaside town A Short History Of Queenscliff, November has another historical biography J F Archibald - Australia’s Gift To The World; and December sees  Drop Of A Hat’s version of The Happiest Christmas.
All in all - 2018 appears packed with promise.

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

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Footlight’s bringing Beauty And The Beast 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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Damned are bringing Toxic Avenger and Chicago




Following the success of Altar Boyz in July, Geelong’s Theatre of the Damned has announced that it will present two musicals in 2018. The company will present The Toxic Avenger in April 2018, and the big musical Chicago in August.

Both in the Shenton Performing Arts Centre, East Geelong.

The company is now seeking expressions of interest and applications for all production positions for both productions including : Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, Stage Manager, Wardrobe, Hair and Make up.

Please apply via email to: theatreofthedamned22@gmail.com

We will be casting The Toxic Avenger and Chicago this year and rehearsals will start 2018.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our information nights to be announced shortly and welcome you to our Damned family
Following the success of Altar Boyz in July, Geelong’s Theatre of the Damned has announced that it will present two musicals in 2018. The company will present The Toxic Avenger in April 2018, and the big musical Chicago in August.

Both in the Shenton Performing Arts Centre, East Geelong.

The company is now seeking expressions of interest and applications for all production positions for both productions including: director, musical director, choreographer, stage manager, wardrobe, hair and make-up.

Please apply via email to: theatreofthedamned22@gmail.com

The company will cast both The Toxic Avenger and Chicago this year and rehearsals will begin early 2018.


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



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And there are more musicals in the pipeline..



Quite apart from Footlight’s Beauty and the Beast and ToD’s Toxic Avenger and Chicago, there are more musicals already planned for Geelong in 2018. Lyric will present Song Contest - The Almost Eurovision Experience in May, while GSODA has announced that it will stage Shrek - The Musical in the Playhouse in June.

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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