Midwinter's night sees the Geelong Arena transformed to become ancient Athens - specifically to become the theatre of Dionysus where GSODA Junior players will open their version of Hercules – The Panto.
The big show, directed by Nicole Kaminski, with vocal direction by Shayne Lowe and choreography by Jana Kolacz, will include all 60+ Junior players on stage in a production that is promoted as.. ' a pantomime that promises to have you clutching your stomach, rolling over in balls of laughter, tapping your toes along to a catchy catalogue of multigenerational hits, and dancing away in your seats'.
A classic tale with a healthy dose of twists and turns, this story is unlike any version of Hercules that you have ever seen or heard before. Will Hercules find his true love? Will Medusa run a successful hair styling business? Will the Kings daughter marry a pop star?'
Are you Intrigued? Confused? Either way.. make your way to the Geelong Arena to see Hercules – The Panto, and all will be revealed!
Show opens June 21.
Geelong Rep’s next play is The Book Of Everything, adapted from the novel by Guus Kuijer and directed by Ryan Bentley.
It’s a saga of growing up in post-war Amsterdam and it’s promoted by Rep thus… ‘ Thomas is nine years old, and can see things that nobody else can see: tropical fish leaping about the Amsterdam canals, a hailstorm of frogs, and even a talkative Jesus Christ, the son of God… In The Book Of Everything, the generosities of love are pitted against ignorance, oppression and fear. It’s in Geelong Rep’s Woodbin Theatre July 5 - 20.
Drysdale’s Potato Shed opens in July one of Australia’s best-loved stories. It’s The Sapphires this is the multiple award-winning musical play that inspired the equally award-winning film.
The story follows our young Aboriginal women from regional Australia, whose liking for singing country music suddenly gets the chance to change their tune - and their lives.
Armed only with sequins and microphones, they found themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that was the Vietnam War.
Promoted as ‘A gem of a play’, the mix of fact and fiction is based on a true story that, though political in patches, is focused on the personal. The Sapphires is a heartfelt and joyous play. Superb. ~ Bryce Hallett, Sydney Morning Herald
The Sapphires is in the Potato Shed July 18 & 19.
CenterStage Geelong has announced a huge cast for its production of The Sound of Music, to be performed July & August in GPAC’s Playhouse.
Themusical is directed by David Mackay, with Phil Kearney his MD and Michelle McDowall, choreographer
The lead role of Maria is played by Georgia Nicholls (pictured), while Jordan Ybarzabal plays Capt von Trapp. The Mother Abbess is Nikki Arnott; Sr Berthe is Louise Guilfoyle; Sr Margaretta, Liz Tilson; Sr Sophia, Jamie Long. Franz is played by Murray Plowman; Frau Schmidt byJo Jarwood; Liesl by Jess Wynhoven; Friedrich by Lucas Rankin; Louisa by Annah Kurcharski / Elyssa Jeffreys; Kurt by Archie Hudson-Collins / Jake Marshall; Brigitta by Lana Karlusic / Milla Scott; Marta by Chloe Kearney / Sophie Kearney; Gretl by Milla Best / Molly Martin. Rolf Gruber is played by Eric von Ahlefeldt; Elsa Schraeder by Tara Vagg; Max Detweiler by Howard Dandy and Herr Zeller by Gerard McKeague.
The show’s ensemble is: Jess Anderson, Jake Birley, Ruby Bown, Sarah Bracken, Ruby Buchanan, Caitlin Clarke, Rebecca Cowled, Charlotte Crowley, Sienna de Clifford, Cate Dunstan, Amity Durran, Violet Feduniw, SophiaGrant, Bec Harland, Karly Hogan, Maddy Horne, SarahJeffreys, Leona Jones, Raymond Jones, Sofia Knight, Joel Lane, Adele Martin, Freya McBurney, Wade McDonald, Marcie McGowan, Chilli McGowan, Ally Miller, Emma Mitchell, Jess Morley, Skye Nagtegaal, Max Neal, Hamish New, Leonie Paatsch, Marnie Parkinson, Charlotte Piec, Zoe Prem, Rebecca Romeo, Charli Rowe, Oliver Russell, Lochie Slater, Alyssa Sorgiovanni, Maya Supple, Claire Tilley, Grace Williamson, Jasmin Wilson, Eloise Wingrave, Amber Withers, Olivia Wynhoven, Avril Wojniusz and Lisa Zarb.
CenterStage’s Sound Of Music opens July 19. Booking details on our Diary page HERE
The glamorous violin soloist who featured at Harry and Meghan’s wedding is returning to Geelong. The extraordinary international violinist Rebecca Chan returns to lead the Geelong Symphony Orchestra in presenting Vivaldi’s much loved The Four Seasons.
All four of them, in one concert at The Costa Hall.
(While in London for the Royal Wedding, Rebecca was also guest soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.)
When last in Geelong, October 2016, Rebecca wowed the audience with her potent blend of skill and glamour when she performed at the GSO’s From Russia With Love concert.
Now she’s taking the dual roles of leader and soloist in what promises to be one of Geelong’s classical music highlights of the year. Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with Rebecca Chan is in the Costa Hall August 3.
Following their performances in the Windfire Festival (see our reviews page HERE) The Geelong Chorale’s next concert is an unusual mix of solos, duos, trios as well as the full chorus. Titled Great Moments the show will comprise Arias, duets and choruses from some of the best-loved operas, operettas and musicals. Directed by artistic director Allister Cox, the Great Moments will occur in the afternoon of August 18 at St Luke's Church, Barrabool Rd, Highton.
Coming to Geelong in August is the award-winning American musical If/Then.
It’s a big musical that tells the story of newly divorced Elizabeth, a woman rebuilding her life in New York City who discovers a world of infinite possibilities. The musical follows Elizabeth’s two possible journeys as “Liz” and “Beth” – with each seeking to fulfil diverging personal and professional aspirations…
The musical was created by the creative team behind the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, Next To Normal: that’s composer Tom Kitt; writer/lyricist Brian Yorkey and director Michael Greif. This first-ever production in Geelong, is brought by Tony & Elise Dahl’s Theatre Of The Damned.
When If/Then opened on Broadway in 2014 it was nominated for two Tony Awards and the New York Magazine called it ‘Thrilling! One of the most compelling new musicals in years. Every single thing in this show is new - you absolutely never know what is going to happen, right up to the last, powerfully moving beat….’ The Chicago Tribune stated that the show was “A thoroughly fascinating, intellectually and musically rich new musical. It is a zesty, savvy and ambitious original…’
If/Then is in The Shenton Centre August 23 - 31.
Find details on our Diary HERE
Drop Of A Hat’s next show at The Potato Shed tells the fascinating story of the biggest musical phenomena of the 20th Century.
The Elvis Presley Story is all-Geelong produced. Written and narrated by Colin Mockett, the show’s songs - there are 18 of them - are performed by the top rock group All Shook Up.
The show uses Drop Of A Hat’s familiar format mix of narration music and big-screen images to tell just how the truck driver from Memphis was to become the most popular performer in the world, changing the course of popular music.
The Elvis Presley Story is on Tuesday September 3 at the Potato Shed.
Geelong Rep will stage Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None in Geelong for the first time since 1979.
The play, directed by Greg Shawcross, seed ten strangers invited to a dinner party on a remote island off the coast of Devon. They believe that they are to be wined and dined by a mysterious host.
When the group sits down to dinner on the first night, instead of their host, they are greeted by a recording which accuses each guest of having a secret for which they must pay. With the weather preventing a return to the mainland, each guest must begin a fight to survive the horrors of Soldier Island.
And Then There Were None runs at the Woodbin Theatre September 6 - 21.
The Potato Shed opens another new musical in September. Titled Waistwatchers - The Musical!- the show is American, created by Alan Jacobson (book and lyrics) with Vince DiMura (music). It’s promoted as ‘about strong, sensitive, passionate and evolving women who function best with good friends and humour by their sides. This hilarious, high-energy comedy is about food, friendship, fun and the universal journey to positive self-image.
The musical, set in Cooks Women’s Gym, will leave you laughing so hard, you’ll burn more calories during the show than in past weeks!’ Waistwatchers The Musical! is in The Potato Shed September 7.
Director Christian Cavallo has announced his cast for the first-ever Geelong production of Kinky Boots to be presented by GSODA in the Playhouse Theatre in October.
It's a really strong cast, with Winston Hillyer as Lola; Jonathon Gardner, Charlie, Angie Bedford, Lauren, Chloe Stojanovic, Nicola; Brady King, Don; Alicia Miller, Pat; Shayne Lowe, Trish; Ian Nash-Gilchrist, George; Will Reed, Harry; Charlie Manderson, Young Charlie; Isaac Jamal, Young Simon; Andrew Coomer, Ben Arnold, Shane Pritchard & Tyler Stevens, Angels; Rebecca Wik, Caitlin Lear, Dan Eastwood, David Keene, Davina Smith, Glen Barton, Katie Loxston, Lionel Baker, Sanela Osmonovic, Sarah Glynne, Saska Norrington, Terri Powell, Thomas Newman and Will Johnston, Ensemble; Dylan McBurnley, Nicola Hickman and Rebecca Seccull, Off-stage singers.
Kinky Boots is in GPAC's Playhouse opening October 4.
Two new musicals have been announced for Geelong’s Spring, with dates to be announced.
Geelong Lyric will stage Jason Robert Brown’s autobiographical musical The Last Five Years, to be directed by Paul Watson with Brad Treloar his musical director. The show, which
premiered in 2001, is cleverly written telling the stories of a couple’s relationship over 5 years - but his story is told in real time, hers in reverse order, with their tales coming together at their mid-production wedding.
Contrasting this, CenterStage Geelong will stage the political satire Urinetown in October at a date TBA. This production will be
directed by Michele Marcu and David Greenwood with Eric Von Ahlefied their musical director. The musical is promoted thus: ‘In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious ‘Urinetown…’
Watch this site for dates and times of both shows when they are announced.
Medimime Productions has announced its 2019 production to be Rapunzel: A Tangled Panto - to be presented at GPAC in November.
The big, happy production will be directed by Liz Lester with production liaison by Scott Graham. Vocal directors are Deanne Elliott and Sally-Anne Cowdell, while Michelle McDowall will be the show’s choreographer. Leonie Joynson is wardrobe coordinator, the hair and make-up team coordinated by Mandi Dempster.
Performance details will be on this website when released.
Geelong’s love affair with musical theatre appears to be growing. Our region’s companies staged 12 stage musicals during 2018, though they didn't equate to one each month. Now 2019 appears set to outdo that number, with 13 musicals planned, and more to come. The year started with Footlight's big Les Miserables in January, followed by CenterStage's Cinderella then ToTD's It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman. Now follows The Sound Of Music, The Sapphires, If/Then, Waistwatchers- The Musical, Hercules The Panto, Kinky Boots, Sunday In The Park With George, Lady Beatle and Urinetown already announced alongside musical biographies of Elvis Presley, CJ Dennis and Al Jolson. And there's more in the pipeline. Watch this site for news as it's rerleased.
You'll find all Geelong’s theatre and stage productions listed on our
2019 in Geelong is the place to be if you’re a baby boomer with a love of music.
No fewer than ten shows will be on Geelong’s stages rekindling decades-old rivalries about who was the top rocker of the 1960s and 70s. Was it Bill Haley, Elvis Presley or The Beatles? Perhaps none of the above and Neil Diamond, or Bobby Darin was your number one… But fear not, because all of the above - and a lot more - are featured on stage in Geelong 2019 with either a musical biographies or a tribute. The year kicked off in The Potato Shed with Sun Rising - ironically an evening show - while The History Of Rock & Roll opens three days later, in the morning. Then a quieter, more melodic interval with shows about The Carpenters, then The Seekers, (both in The Potato Shed) before a midwinter burst with Neil Diamond and Bobby Darin showcased. September sees The Elvis Presley Story followed by a magical mystery journey titled Lady Beatle. October has tributes to Johnny O’Keefe and Roy Orbison, while in November, the whole is summed up with a show titled Golden Hits of the 20th Century.
Find details of all of the above, and much more, on our comprehensive diary HERE
This website lists all of Geelong's music, drama theatre and festival 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 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 details. Also, Geelong's Historical Society meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month (details from Freda 5278 3530) and for Country Music fans there’s a host of regular concerts, with Geelong Country Rock Music Group meeting each Tuesday night at The Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre - 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, for more, contact Eric Cook on 0429 143237, and Kardinia Country Music Group meet each Friday night at The Kardinia Senior Citizens Rooms, Corner Park and Moorabool Sts.
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