The Blues Train Special for Australia Day

Queenscliff's Blues Train is hosting a special trip for Australia Day. The The Blues Train Australia Day Special runs, as always, from Queenscliff to Drysdale and back with four stops to allow passengers to experience four top blues  bands in   Shoeshine, Mick Dog, Ezra Lee Trio and the  Sammy Owen Blues Band. (pictured). The The Blues Train Australia Day Special runs,6.30pm - 11.30pm Saturday January 25. Booking details on our Diary Page HERE

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Mamma Mia! - here we go again - for the first time!

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 Geelong’s Footlight Productions is currently presenting  the  ABBA musical Mamma Mia!  at the Playhouse in Geelong's Art Centre. Surprisingly, this is the first time the  big happy show  has played in Geelong. It's in good hands, the company has brought together a glittering cast and crew containing more than a dozen of our Theatre Award winners. Geelong's Mamma Mia!  is directed by Alister Smith, with John Shawcross his musical director. 

The cast is led by, as Donna, Sophie Collins; Tanya, Narelle Bonnici; Rosie, Samantha Heskett; Sam, Jamie McGuane; Bill, Shane Lee; Harry,  David Senftleben; Sophie, Cassie Chappell; Lisa, Georgia Nicholls; Ali,Lucy Blackwood; Sky, Josh McGuane; Pepper,Charlie McIntyre; Eddie, Tom Membrey. The female ensemble is: Kayla Bamford, Cindy Bateup, Ashley Boyd, Miriam Brownstein, Tess Carr, Molly Jones, Jemma Lowther, Alicia Miller, India Ney, Amanda Paris, Ali Simpson, Chanelle Tait, Anthea Tsatsaronis and Christie Walter. The male ensemble is: Andrew Coomber, Damian Caruso, Elijah Ivelja, David Keele, Ben Krahe, Beau Lewis, Braiden Troy and David Van Etten. 

Mamma Mia! is in the Playhouse Theatre, GAC, until February 1, 2020.

Booking details are on our Diary Page HERE

The Foreigner arrives in February

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Geelong Rep’s first play for 2020 will be The Foreigner, written by  Larry Shue and directed by Scott Beaton. 

A social comedy, the play is set in a fishing lodge in rural Tilghman County, Georgia where two Englishmen arrive as guests. One is shy to the point of silence, and his friend explains that he is a foreigner unable to understand English. This leads to other guests confiding their secrets…

The cast is:  as Sgt. “Froggy” Le Sueur,  Fred Preston; Charlie Baker,  Matthew Bradford; 

Betty Meeks, Katie Hall; Catherine Simms, Gracie Rogers; Rev. David Marshall Lee, Steven Georgiades; Ellard Simms,  Lachy Murphy; 

Owen Musser,  David Mackay.

The Foreigner opens in Rep’s Woodbin Theatre February 7 and runs until February 22. 

Booking details on our Diary HERE

The GSO's Sun shines for Beethoven's birthday

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 2020 is the year the world will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. 

Geelong's Symphony Orchestra will be getting in early with a February celebration.  

Ludwig van is arguably the best known of all classical composers and his works  are  as vibrant and compelling today  as the day they were penned. 

In Geelong, our orchestra will be playing two of his finest works under the control of world- respected conductor Richard Davis with one of Australia's best - and most awarded young violin soloists in Emily Sun (pictured)

Their programme will include

Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major Op.61 and  Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 in a Costa Hall 

The GSO's Celebrating Beethoven is in the Costa Hall 7.30pm February 22. 

Booking details on our Diary HERE

The Scottish play unfolds at a vineyard on Valentine's Day

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Shakespeare's best-known tragedy Macbeth will be staged in the open air at Leura Park Vineyard in February. 

In an unusual twist, the classic tale of tragic marital ambition will be presented on Valentine's Day by local company Essential Theatre. The play will have a 7.00pm dusk start, with patrons invited to bring a picnic from 5.00pm.

Macbeth is at Leura Park Vinyard, 1400 Portarlington Rd, Curlewis on February 14 and 15.   

Booking details are on our Comprehensive Diary Page HERE

Theatre takes a walk in the cemetery

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Theatre outdoors continues in February with the  History Alive! tours of Geelong's Eastern Cemetery presented by Drop Of A Hat Productions. 

The tours are essentially a 2-hour walk around Geelong's main cemetery hosted by a cemetery resident and meeting other residents on the way. They're played by some of Geelong's foremost actors in an interesting, history-filled experience that has been described as 'Geelong's best outdoor theatre'. Pictured above is Barry Eeles, playing Francis Nesbitt, who was, in his time, renowned as 'the world's greatest actor'. He's found on the morning tour. There are different routes and residents on the morning and afternoon tours. The residents include  Godfrey Hirst, Rev Andrew Love, Elizabeth Austin, Eliza Batman and many more... The tours are at 11am and 2.00pm at Geelong Eastern Cemetery, Ormond Rd, East Geelong, on  February 22 & 23

Booking details on our Diary Page HERE

Meet Geelong's Ancestors - this time on stage

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Drop Of A Hat opens its season of  Morning Showtimes at the Potato Shed with a production titled  Geelong- Meet The Ancestors III .

It's the third in a series that began as a stage version of the company's cemetery tours that was originally produced for people who were unable or unwilling to take on the two hour walks. But now inside a theatre, the show has  taken on a more theatrical element, including  songs from the times. 

 That's as well as the  iconic historic Geelong residents explaining their stories and their place in our region’s heritage as they do at their grave sides. You’ll meet Charles Brownlow, Godfrey Hirst, Dr Mary de Garis, Alfred Douglass, Ellen Davitt, Capt Francis Ormond, Bransby Cooper and more. Geelong- Meet The Ancestors III  is at The Potato Shed, Drysdale. 10.30am March 3.

Booking details on our Diary Page HERE

See ALL Drop of a Hat's shows HERE



Cosi in the Shed in March

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Louis Nowra’s classic Australian play  Cosi arrives in Geelong in March. 

It's presented at The Potato Shed, and directed by that venue's manager, Rob MacLeod, for its resident theatre group Theatre 3222.

Cosi is a multi-award winning Australian play set in a 1970s mental facility where a new  staff member is coerced into directing a production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutti by some enthusiastic inmates - with surprising and heartwarming outcomes. The lead part of  strong-willed Roy has been won by Barry Eeles.

Cosi is part of The Potato Shed’s All-Australian theatre season. 

It's  at the venue from March 27 to 29.

Booking details on our Diary Page HERE

There's a place CenterStage for Sharks & Jets - Geelong in March

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CenterStage Geelong has announced the cast and crew for it's forthcoming production of  West Side Story, to be staged at Geelong Arts Centre late March and early April 2020. The big musical will be  directed by Jordan Reid with musical directors Daniel Heskett and Eric Von Ahlefeldt. The show's  choreographer is Remy Noonan and vocal director is Madeline Cain. The cast is: Tony - Kurt Russo; Maria - Bec Harland; Anita - Perri Espinoza; Bernardo - Elias Jabbour;  Officer Krupke - Josh McInnes; Glad Hand - Trent Inturrisi; Lt. Schrank - Chris Anderson.  

Jets: Action - Liam Erck; Anybodys - Ari Gavin; Baby John - Saul Kavenagh; A-rab - Cameron Field; Snowboy - Will Johnston; Diesel - Oliver Russell; Big Deal - Jacob McKenna.  Jet girls: Graziella - Bek Wik; Velma - Katie Loxston; Madeline Mrak, Ishara Waddick, Jess Wynhoven,  

Alysia McCleod, Charli Rowe. 

Sharks: Chino - Luke Carra; Pepe - Jacob Carr; Moose - Harry Hudson-Collins. Shark girls:  Rosalia - Ruby Buchanan; Conseulo - Chloe Stojanovic; Francisca - Nikki Lenaghan; Caitlyn Lear, Chloe Lewis, Ruby Dillon, Stefani Aleksic.  Somewhere Soloist - Cate Dunstan; off-stage singers: Jack McPhail, Maya Supple, Stephanie Beall, Amber Withers, Amy Curtis, Alysha Kitchingham, Jasmin Wilson, Bonet Leate, Patrick Bongiorno.  

West Side Story opens in GAC's Playhouse March 27. 

Booking details on our Diary Page HERE

Damned Side Show cast - for April

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Geelong's Theatre of the Damned has announced its cast for  Side Show to be staged in the Shenton Theatre April/May 2020. The musical is set in a depression-era American circus where performers – generally people with disabilities, either real or faked – are placed on display to be gawked at. It can be brutal, but it is the only place they can find a job and acceptance. The Geelong cast includes, as Daisy, Leticia Bayliss; Violet, Jenn Stirk; Terry, Liam McWhinney; Buddy, Jacob Carr; Jake, Trent Inturissi, Sir, Dan Eastwood; Ray/Lizard Man/Judge, Elijah Ivelja; Auntie/Ensemble, Nicole Hickman; Fortune Teller/Ensemble, Aashlea Oakes; Houdini/Pin Cushion, David Van Etten; Half man/Half woman/Ensemble, Tracey Mc Keague; Bearded Lady/Ensemble, Jane Kosutic; Tattoo Girl/Ensemble, Emma Jones; Venus De Milo/Ensemble, Jaime Unmack; Geek/Doctor/Ensemble, Liam South; Three-legged-man/Doctor, Ben Mc Naughton; Dog boy, Jake Beasant; Tod Browning/Doctor, Patrick Bonjornio; Sir’s Lawyer/Ensemble: Seth Baxter. Reporters/Ensemble are: Zoe Prem, Claudia Bove, Isabelle Shears and Ella Ingles.

Side Show is in the Shenton Performing Arts Centre April 24th to May 2, 2020

Booking details on our Diary Page HERE

Howard plays Morrie, Matt is Mitch at the Woodbin

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Geelong Rep has announced the cast for it’s second play of the year, Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie, directed by Greg Shawcross and opening at the Woodbin April 24. 

Morrie will be played by Howard Dandy, with Mitch by Matthew Bradford.

Tuesdays With Morrie will run in the Woodbin until May 9. 

Details on our Comprehensive Diary HERE

The Mousetrap - coming to Ceres!

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The world's best known play is coming to Geelong. Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been running continuously at London's St Martin’s Theatre since 1952, for more  than 25,000 performances. The play that was written for Queen Mary will now be presented in Ceres with a stellar award-winning cast and crew. 

And, like The Mousetrap’s audiences in London, Ceres audiences will be asked not to reveal the killer to anyone outside the theatre...

The play will be designed and directed by  Alard Pett, produced by 

Elaine Mitchell with the set constructed by 

 Stuart and Ingrid Pett. The cast includes: as 

Mollie Ralston - Julie Fryman;   Giles Ralston - Ross Larkin; Christopher Wren - Callum Padgett; Mrs Boyle - Miriam Wood; Major Metcalf -  Allister Cox;  Miss Casewell - Jocelyn Mackay;   Mr. Paravinci - Ben Mitchell 

and Detective Sergeant Trotter - Cameron Allen. The Mousetrap is in Ceres Temperance Hall April 30 - May 24. 

Booking Details on our Diary page HERE

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