Queenscliff Lighthouse Theatre Company presents Linda Aronson’s Dinkum Assorted in the town this weekend. The play, described as ‘an Australian comedy with tap-dancing’ is set in an Australian country town’s biscuit factory during World War II. The all-female cast struggle to save their factory, run a ‘Mum’s Army’ Civil Defence Unit and put on a show for the War Effort. Ana all this against a background that two thousand US airmen have just been stationed there.
Directed by Jennie Roles, with Ron Sudden her MD, QLTC’s cast includes some well-known Geelong theatre names. Joan is played by Emma Jones (above), Connie by Trina Dakin, Millie by Jenn Stirk, Grace by Carol Fogg, Florrie by Gae Gray, Little Beat by Nicole Hickman, Ethel by Eleanor Beasley, Vi by Chanelle Tait, Rosie by Steph Beall, Pearl - by Hannah Petrie-Allbutt, Glad by Ally Miller, Big Beat by Joy Launikonis, Doris by Vivienne Lewis, Edie by Heather Kiddle and Margie by Norma Addison. The pre-show chorus comprises Donna Barnard, Jennifer Blomeley, Larissa Young and Cynthia Hughes.
Dinkum Assorted runs in the Queenscliff Uniting Church Hall until October 20..
Major General Charles Gordon was a British hero of the 19th Century. He was, in turn, named 'China Gordon' after leading his mercenary force known as 'The Ever Victorious Army' in the Opium Wars with China - and then 'Gordon of Khartoum' after leading a small army to lift the siege of that North African city. He was so popular, that his name was chosen for Geelong's new adult education institute in 1887. This was despite the fact that the General himself never visited Australia. But now the colourful soldier is here, resplendent in his self-designed uniform, to lead weekly tours of the Gordon Institute. Played by historian/actor Colin Mockett, the General will lead walking tours of the Gordon Institute's Fenwick St campus every Wednesday morning throughout October. Part of Geelong Seniors Festival, the tours the Institute's progress from 200 students using one hall to today's enrolment of 26,000 students throughout Victoria. It counts successful graduates in just about every trade - including The Queen's goldsmith and one of Australia's few black-hatted chefs. All is revealed in a 90-minute tour that begins at the Davidson Restaurant and ends with light lunch in the Gordon Gallery. General Gordon's Tour Of The Gordon Institute begin 11.30am Wednesdays, Cost $10, and numbers are limited so booking is essential.
CenterStage Geelong has announced the cast of its production of the comedy musical Little Shop Of Horrors, to be presented in the company's Warehouse 26 venue late October/early November. The lead part of Seymour will be played by Connor Rawson, Audrey by Alicia O'Bree. The plant Audrey II is Dom Wolfram,
Mushnik by David Mackay. The Dentist by Mick Watson, Ronnette: Elly Howlett, Chiffon: India Ney and Crystal: by Dylan McBurney. Ensemble and featured cameos by Marnie Parkinson, Leticia Bayliss, Will Johnston, Patrick Bongiorno, Annie Sargent, Michele Marcu, Jo Jarwood, Taylah Matchett and Maddy Ludbrook. Little Shop Of Horrors opens October 27.
Find full dates and booking details on our Comprehensive Diary HERE.
Skin of our Teeth Productions founder/director Christine Davey has announced the cast and crew for her company’s November production of Blackadder Goes Forth, the stage version of the hit British TV comedy.
Christine Davey is the show’s director, assisted by Wendy Joy. Emma-Louise Watson is costume manager, Cath Ryan producer and Theresa Lewis musical director. The cast is: Captain Edmond Blackadder, - Scott Beaton, as Pt. Baldrick, - Steven Georgiadis, Lt. George - Ryan O'Connor, Gen; Melchett - Barry Eeles, and Capt. Darling, Mary Steuten. The ensemble comprises Melissa Musselwhite, Kathryn O'Neill, Jacqui McSweeney, Gracie Rogers, Graci Lynch and Michele Johnstone.
Blackadder Goes Forth opens in the Shenton Centre November 2.
Torquay Theatre Troupe has announced – and cast – its final play for 2018.
The group will present Any Given Monday, by Bruce Graham, in its Price St Theatre early November.
Directed by Gay Bell, the play is described on the company’s website as 'a crackin’ comedy about love, friendship and murder’. It’s cast includes: as Micky – Michael Baker; as Lenny – Fred Preston; as Sarah – Siobhan Linde and as Risa – Lisa Berry.
Any Given Monday is promoted as ‘a dark comedy which proves that on any given day, anything can happen...
‘Lenny is good, law abiding man, an excellent teacher, loving husband and father. When his wife suddenly leaves him for a fast talking, car loving and wealthy property developer, his life is shattered. While Lenny consoles himself with pizza and his favourite movie, his best friend Mickey takes matters into his own hands. This creates a moral dilemma for everyone, especially Lenny’s philosophy student daughter….’
Any Given Monday opens in Torquay’s Price St Theatre November 5.
Medimime Productions has announce a big cast for its 2018 fundraising pantomime Aladdin. The show will be presented at GPAC November 2018, with all proceeds going to Barwon Health’s Bellarine Centre 6 South – that’s Geelong Hospital’s maternity ward. Aladdin will be played by Seamus Kennedy, Princess Jasmine by Jenna Irvin, Abanazar by Liam Erck, Genie of the Lamp by Daniel Grocott, Widow Twankey is Trent Inturrisi, Wishee Washee: Tyler Stevens, Nobby the Panda is Bart Abbas, The Empress is Deanne Elliott, Sergeant Ping is Liz Lester, PC Pong is Jo MacCarthy, and the Genie of the Ring is Tara Dunstan. The show’s adult ensemble comprises Erin Bloye, Sarah Booth, Louise Guilfoyle, Leanne Treloar, Tracey McKeague, Karen Long, Tina Johnstone, Amity Durran, Ruby Dillon, Sophie Cutropia, Kiara Troop, Claire Miller, Paige van der Chys, Cate Dunstan, Meg Hellard, Trinity Marell-Seach, Maddy Horne, Liam South, Chris Maxwell, Ethan O’Brien, Seb Dowler, Kai Robinson.
and the child ensemble comprises Jemma Kevich, Grace Williamson, Bonnie Clissold, Grace McConachy, Tilly Lewis, Maggie McKeague, Zara Salajan, Kayla Booth, Lexi Daley, Jacob Irwin, Alisha Jones, Mia Walters, Tess Chatham, Amelia Treloar-Lowne, Lindsay Musella.
Aladdin opens November 16.
Director Stephen Macklin has assembled a stellar cast for Geelong Rep's final play for the year, a new version of Noel Coward's classic Private Lives.
Delivering the brittle 1920s witticisms in Coward's study of the ebb and flow of relationships are:
Kate O’Keeffe as Amanda;
Adamo Dibiase as Elyot;
Lauren Atken as Sybil;
Jesse Ivelja as Victor
and Sue Rawkins as the maid.
Rep's Private Lives opens in the Woodbin Theatre November 16
Geelong’s Amy Lehpamer has been named among the best performers in Australia, taking a Helpmann award for her part as Cynthia Weil in Beautiful, the Carole King musical. The Helpmanns, awarded annually in Sydney, are the equivalent of New York’s Tony Awards, or London’s Oliviers. They’re named after the world renowned Australian dancer, actor, director and choreographer Sir Robert Helpmann. This year was the third year in succession that Amy had been nominated for a Helpmann, after her performances in the lead as Dusty in 2017, and as Maria in The Sound Of Music in 2016. She’s currently in rehearsal for the Australian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway and West End smash hit rock musical, School of Rock which opens at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre late October. Amy will play the headmistress, Rosalie Mullins. And if her looks are familiar to Drop Of A Hat’s Concert Of The Decade audiences - that’s because Amy was previously the leader of our Geelong Philharmonic Orchestra.
In an unusual project of stretched and merged local artistic talents, long-time Geelong Chorale soprano Yvonne Williams has published her first book - a hardback children's fantasy titled The Tales Of Cleo And Oscar. It's beautifully illustrated with original paintings by renowned local landscape water-colourist and musician John Hughson. The book, aimed at pre-teens, follows the fun and morally-uplifting adventures of two talkative cats, their owner and friends with a very country-Australian background. It also contains verse and music. The book is Yvonne's first publication, and John's first collaborative illustrative work.
The book is available from the author, or at Fyansford's Papermills Gallery.
Geelong’s multi-awarded Footlight Productions has announced that it will present the world’s most popular musical - Les Miserables - in Geelong January 2019.
The company this year presented a season of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. It last presented Les Mis in 2013.
Geelong's Theatre of the Damned, the company started by Tony and Elise Dahl and dedicated to bringing new and interesting musicals to our region has announced that it will stage two shows in 2019. The company will present It's A Bird, It's A Plane - It's Superman! in April next year, and If/Then in August.
Both are American, started on Broadway, and neither has been presented in our region before.
You'll find dates and details on this site as soon as they are announced.
Geelong’s love affair with musical theatre continues at a pace.
Our region’s companies have staged or are are preparing to present an amazing list of productions during 2018. Here’s a quick take..
Following Footlight’s Beauty and the Beast in January, 42nd Street in March and TotD’s The Toxic Avenger in April, came Song Contest - The Almost Eurovision Experience presented by Geelong Lyric in May, Shrek - The Musical staged by GSODA in June, CenterStage’s We Will Rock You in July/August, Theatre of the Damned’s Chicago and Clonard's Grease in August, GSODA Collective's Godspell in September and CenterStage’s Little Shop Of Horrors in October/November; Starlight Express in November and Cats November/December.
And there’s probably more in the pipeline...
Keep an eye on this site for all the details as they’re announced
You'll find all Geelong’s theatre and stage productions listed on our diary HERE.
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 two regular weekly concerts and occasional sessions at different venues around town. Check their 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.
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