Comprehensive Diary

August 2018




August  17, 18*, 23, 24, 25*  

MUSICAL: Chicago  sexy, vibrant version of the big sassy  musical presented by Theatre Of The Damned 7.30pm (*2.00pm & 7.30pm) in the Shenton Theatre, East Geelong. All tickets $37.80 from trybooking.com 

Read the Review HERE

See the Award Nominations HERE


August  17, 18*

MUSICAL: Grease the original stage version presented by students of Clonard, Sacred Heart and St Joseph's colleges. 7.30pm (*12.30pm & 5.00pm) at GPAC's Playhouse. Tickets,$30, $25 through the College or at GPAC 5225 1200. 

Read our review HERE

*****

Friday August 17
BALLET: Madam Butterfly from Melbourne City Ballet. Artistic director Michael Pappalardo’s dance take on the classic opera. 8.00pm in The Potato Shed.  Tickets $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.
*****

PLAY: Sudan, directed by Gracie Lynch and staged by Torquay Theatre Troupe. Written after the death of the last male northern white rhino. Followed by a chance to meet the play’s author Christine Davey over fingerfood supper. 8.00pm in Torquay Theatre Troupe’s Price St Theatre, tickets $20 at the door.

*****

August 18, 19
PLAYS: Anglesea’s annual One Act Play Festival is in the town’s Memorial Hall, McMillan Street. Full details are available  online at https://www.angleseaperformers.org.au/one-act-play-festival, Ticket prices are $15 per session a weekend Gold Pass : costs $35.00. Both available either online or at the door.

*****

Sunday August 19

CONCERT: From Dufay to Tchaikowsky presented by Melbourne Chamber Choir conducted by Dr David Kram. 3.00pm at St Mary's Basilica, Yarra St, part of Music at the Basilica series. Tickets $30, $25 at the door or from try booking.com/TNVA

*****

 August 22, 23

CONCERT: Bach to Broadway features tenor Bradley Daley and soprano Alison Jones with songs from opera to jazz to Broadway as part of GPAC's Musical Mornings. 10.30am in the Playhouse, tickets $25 from GPAC 5225 1200

*****

August 22* 23, 24, 25* 

PLAY: Society presented by Back To Back’s Theatre Of Speed. Original work exploring the ideas of social groups from the perspective of people with intellectual disabilities. 7.00pm (1.00pm & 7.00pm) at Back to Back’s Theatre studio, 60 Little Malop Street Geelong. Enter from Police Lane. Tickets $20, $10 (conc) from https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=401397&

*****

Sunday August 26

CONCERT: True Romantics presented by Australian Chamber Choir conducted by Douglas Lawrence. Works by Monteverdi, Ravel, Elgar, Brahms and Barber. 3.30pm at St Paul's Church, LaTrobe Tce, Part of Music at the Basilica series. Tickets $40, $35 at the door or from auschoir.org


***** 

August 29, 30, 31, (Sep 1*)

PLAY: Jurassica directed by Bridget Balodis for Red Stitch & Critical Stages - another Australian family saga, this one covers migration, language and growing old...  Part of GPAC’s 2018 Theatre Season. 8.00pm (1.00pm & 8.00pm) in The Drama Theatre. Tickets $58, $54 (sen) $48 (conc) $35 (under 27) at GPAC 5225 1200.

***** 

Friday August 31

CONCERT: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Sir Andrew Davis, conductor play Holst’s The Planet Suite and the world premiere of Vine’s Symphony no. 8 with Ladies of the MSO Chorus. 7.30pm at the Costa Hall, Deakin University, Gheringhap St. Tickets $102, $85, $53, $97, $80, $49 from GPAC 5225 1200.
 

.

September 2018

Friday September 7
PLAY: Hell Ship - The Journey of the Ticonderoga narrated, explained and acted by Michael Veitch. Part of Victoria’s maritime tragedy unfolded by a top talent - with a family connection. 8.00pm at The Potato Shed.  Tickets $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.
 

***** 

September 7, 8, 9*, 13, 14, 15, 16*, 20, 21, 22

PREMIERE OPENING! PLAY: The Charitable Sisterhood Of The Second Trinity Victory Church directed by Geoff Gaskill for Geelong Repertory Theatre Company. A fresh, heartwarming, social comedy continues Rep’s 2018 season. 7.30pm (*2.00pm) in the Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24 from GPAC 5225 1200.
 

***** 

Sunday September 9

CONCERT: Geelong Chorale presents A Pleasant Afternoon - beautiful songs from their repertoire as a local fundraiser in Colac. 2.00pm at St Johns Church in Hesse St, tickets $20 include afternoon tea. Book with Robyn 0427 388 228, Anne 5236 6246.


CONCERT: Hoang Pham in concert playing Beethoven's sonata in C minor 'Pathétique', plus  Brahms, Rachmaninov, Chopin and more. 3pm in McAuley Hall, Aphrasia St, tickets $50, $45, $20 from GPAC 5225 1200. 


*****

Tuesday September 11

MUSICAL CONCERT: Plan B - Hits of the 60s presented by the happy Plan B group. Part of Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed series, 10.30am in the Potato Shed, Drysdale. All tickets $15 include refreshments, buy through CoGG’s service centres or phone 5251 1998.

***** 

 September 13, 14, 15*

PLAY: The Almighty Sometimes  directed by Lee Lewis for Griffin Theatre Company. Award winning British mother-daughter drama. Part of GPAC’s 2018 Theatre Season. 8.00pm (1.00pm & 8.00pm) in The Playhouse. Tickets $58, $4 (sen) $48 (conc) $35 (under 27) at GPAC 5225 1200.

***** 

Friday September 14

CONCERT: Omega Ensemble plays Poulenc, Selected songs; Mozart, Trio for clarinet, Viola and Piano K.498 ‘Kegelstatt’; Rachmaninoff selected songs from 14 romances Op. 34; Schubert, The Shepherd On The Rock D965. Brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society, 7.30pm at McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St, Newtown. Tickets $55, $50,(conc) $10 (under 25) from 5243 6931, music@gcms.org.au or at GPAC 5225 1200.
 

*****

Saturday September 15
CABARET: Paris Underground from Madotti ad Vegas - comedy, magic illusion, song, dance, burlesque - all rolled into a beautifully strange cabaret based on the Paris underground..  8.00pm at The Potato Shed.  Tickets $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.
 

*****


September 28, 29*, 30**

MUSICAL: Godspell directed by Debbie Fraser for GSODA Theatre Collective. The Schwartz/Tebelak parable musical in the hands of GSODA's 20-something graduates. 7.30pm (*2.00pm & 7.30pm) (**5.00pm) at the Shenton Centre,  Est Geelong. Tickets $38, $29 from trybooking.com

October 2018

October 3, 4, 5, 6*

PLAY: Prize Fighter directed by David Walters for La Boite Theatre - a rare combination of storytelling and boxing as a migrant refugee to Australia tells his story.  8.00pm (1.00pm & 8.00pm) in The Drama Theatre. Tickets $58, $54 (sen) $48 (conc) $35 (under 27) at GPAC 5225 1200.

***** 

Sunday October 7
CONCERT: My Life As A Piano presented by the Queen of Boogie-Woogie, Jan Preston, now back to her brilliant best after breaking both wrists in a fall. 2.00pm at The Potato Shed.  Tickets $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.
 

***** 

Tuesday October 9

PREMIERE OPENING! MUSICAL CONCERT: A Short History Of Queenscliff  presented by Colin Mockett, Shirley Power and guests. Meet the ancestors who tell the story of our region’s historic fort town. Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed series, 10.30am in the Potato Shed, Drysdale. All tickets $15 include refreshments, buy through CoGG’s service centres or phone 5251 1998.

***** 

Friday October 12
CABARET: Larry Paradiseo and the Fabulous Dame Farrar from Nicholas Clark Management. Gender movement in Carita Farrer Spencer’s tour de force.. Billed as a theatrical cyclone with more moves than Mick Jagger. 8.00pm at The Potato Shed.  Tickets $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****
October 12, 13*

PLAY: The Hope Song directed by I Walsh-Howling and J MacKenzie for APA. Award-winning work, written by Janet Brown sympathetically explains the back stories behind real people who have survived and or live with mental illness. Follows sell-ourt seasons at Anglesea and La Mama, just 3 performances in Geelong. 7.30pm (*2.30pm & 7.30pm) in the Court House Theatre, all seats $25 from The Court House.

*****

October 12 - 20
COMEDY: Dinkum Assorted
, directed by  Jennie Roles for QLTC. a comedy with music set in WWII with an all-woman cast. Presented in the Queenscliff Uniting Church hall, tickets to be released through the company's website.

***** 

Saturday October 13

CONCERT: Sydney Welsh Choir - for the first time in Victoria - appearing at a charity fundraising concert alongside Geelong Welsh Ladies' Choir and the Coryule Chorus. 2.00pm at Christian College Hall, Drysdale. Tickets $30, $25 conc. aid Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research. Book at www.trybooking.com/VRJK


Sunday October 14
CONCERT: Sing Into Spring with Geelong Harmony Chorus. Part of Geelong Seniors Festival, 2.00pm at The Potato Shed.  Tickets $15 (seniors) $22 adut, $18 conc, $12 child from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.
 

*****

Sunday October 21
Fun Day: Family Fun Day free family fun all day with live music, pony rides, storytelling, face painting and more at The Potato Shed.  All free bus some events are ticketed. Details from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.
 

*****

Saturday October 27 

CONCERT: Geelong Symphony Orchestra conductor Fabian Russell, solo pianist Stefan Cassomenos with a concert titled The Mighty Ninth. Yes, our orchestra is presenting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 - plus other works by Beethoven

With soloists and the GSO Chorus.  7.30pm in the Costa Hall, Geelong Waterfront. Tickets $55, $45, $35 from GPAC or online at gso.org.au 

***** 

October 27 - Nov 10
PREMIERE OPENING! MUSICAL: Little Shop Of Horrors presented by CenterStage Geelong at its home Warehouse 26, Rodney Rd, North Geelong. Details TBA
 

***** 

Sunday October 28
CONCERT: Petula - Downtown to Broadway, a tribute from Hilary Henshaw with Will Conyers. Part of Geelong Seniors Festival, 2.00pm at The Potato Shed.  Tickets $25 (seniors) $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

November 2018

Get excited! This is Geelong Theatre Award month!

November 1 - 10

MUSICAL: Little Shop Of Horrors the quirky comedy musical staged by CenterStage Geelong at its Warehouse 26 venue in North Geelong. Details TBA.
 

*****

November 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11*, 15, 16, 17
COMEDY: Black Adder Goes Forth directed by Christine Davey for her Skin Of Our Teeth Productions. 8.00pm  (*2.00pm) at East Geelong’s Shenton Centre. Tickets $28, $25 conc, ($20 opening night) at www.trybooking.com.  

***** 

Sunday November 4
MUSICAL: Menopause The Musical - Women On Fire! from Jally Entertainment. Part two from the women who brought the original Menopause show. 2.00pm & 8.00pm at The Potato Shed.  Tickets $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.
 

*****

November 5, 8, 9, 10, 11* 15, 16, 17

PLAY: Any Given Monday directed by Gay Bell for Torquay Theatre Troupe. Dark comedy with a social twist presented in style. 8.00pm (*2.00pm) in Torquay's Price St Theatre. Tickets $23 $20 conc. from trybooking.com or www.ttt.org.au-tickets

*****

Friday November 7

CONCERT: In Flanders Fields, a Remberance Day concert presented by Windfire Chamber Choir conducted by Rick Prakhoff. featuring music and poetry from the Great War. 8.00pm at St Mary's Basilica, Yarra St, part of Music at the Basilica series. Tickets $40, $35 at the door or from try booking.com/TNVA


*****

Sunday November 11
CONCERT: In Remberence a concert to acknowledge the centenary of the WW1 Armistice and to commemorate the sacrifice made by many in all wars. This program will include Messe De La Délivrance by Théodore Dubois For the Fallen by Edward Elgar and
Lest We Forget by Matthew Orlovich as well as poetry by Wilfred Owen. Presented by The Geelong Chorale, details TBA.

JAZZ: Jazz Australia presents Stevenson’s Rockets from midday at the Point Lonsdale Community Hall. Details, tickets from Diana, 5258 3936.

***** 

Tuesday November 12

MUSICAL CONCERT: J F Archibald - Australia’s gift to the world presented by Colin Mockett with Shirley Power. The Geelong-born man who gifted Australia its larrikin image. Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed series, 10.30am in the Potato Shed, Drysdale. All tickets $15 include refreshments, buy through CoGG’s service centres or phone 5251 1998.

***** 

Friday November 16

CONCERT: Beethoven 5 played by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with American guest conductor Karina Canellakis including a rich program of Beethoven, Dvořák and Shostakovich. 7.30pm at the Costa Hall, Deakin University, Gheringhap St. Tickets $102, $85, $53, $97, $80, $49 from GPAC 5225 1200.
 

*****

November 16, 17*, 20**, 22**, 23, 24*

PANTO: Aladdin directed by Scott Graham for Medimime. Our annual fun fundraiser puts medical staff on stage besides theatricals all to benefit the hospital. 7.30pm (*1.00pm & 5.30pm) (**6.00pm) at GPAC's Drama theatre. Tickets at GPAC  5225 1200.


Nov 16, 17, 18*, 22, 23, 24, 25*, 29, 30

PLAY: Private Lives directed by Stephen Macklin for Geelong Repertory Theatre Company. Noel Coward’s classic 1930s battle-of-the-sexes witty romp brings Rep’s 2018 season to a close. 7.30pm (*2.00pm) in the Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24 from GPAC 5225 1200.

***** 

November 16, 17, 18
FESTIVAL: North Bellarine Film Festival hosted by Portarlington Film Society, held at The Potato Shed. Tickets $55, $45, for weekend passes, $25, $20 for opening night, $14, $12 session tickets details from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.
 

*****

Friday November 23

CONCERT: Simon Tedeschi plays Schubert Sonata no. 18 in G major D894; Schumann Gesange der Fruhe ( Songs of Dawn) Op. 133; Brahms Three Intermezzi Op. 117; Francaix Cinq Bis (5 encores). Brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society, 7.30pm at McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St, Newtown. Tickets $50, $45,(conc) $10 (under 25) from 5243 6931, music@gcms.org.au or at GPAC 5225 1200.
 

***** 

Sunday November 25 

CONCERT: Concert Orchestral Spirit presented by Orchestra Geelong - (formerly Geelong Community Orchestra) - 3.00pm in The McAuley Hall,Costa Centre for the Performing Arts, Sacred Hearth College, Aphraisia St, Newtown. Tickets $20, $15 (conc) under 17 free, available at the door or contact Melissa Murphy 0448 313 462 Email: mel.murphy@hotmail.com

***** 

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 2018 awards ceremony. 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 2018

Saturday December 1

CONCERT: Denis Walter's Carols by The Bay with guest artistes and local elements in a free family concert at Eastern Beach. Begins +/- 7.00pm, ends with fireworks +/- 9.15pm, be there early because of the crowds. Take mossie spray - and park lawfully - the parking inspectors traditionally make a fortune for CoGG.

*****

Tuesday December 4

PREMIERE OPENING! MUSICAL CONCERT: The Happiest Christmas presented by Colin Mockett, Shirley Power and the whole Drop Of A Hat crew. Final of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed series, 10.30am in the Potato Shed, Drysdale. All tickets $15 include refreshments, buy through CoGG’s service centres or phone 5251 1998.

***** 

Saturday December 8
CONCERT: Christmas Carols presented by The Geelong Chorale, 5.00pm at Queenscliff Uniting Church, 85 Hesse St. details TBA. 

***** 

Wednesday 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.

January 2019

Opening January 18
MUSICAL: Les Miserables presented by Footlight Productions in GPAC’s newly refurbished Playhouse. Details TBA

February 2019

TBA

March 2019

March 22 - 30
MUSICAL: Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella presented by CenterStage Geelong in GPAC’s newly refurbished Playhouse. Details TBA