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General Gordon hosts tours of his institute

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Drop Of A Hat's co-founder and this website's editor, Colin Mockett, will be taking  his own particular brand of history-laced street theatre to the campus of Geelong's Gordon Institute throughout  October. 

The occasion is Geelong's Seniors Festival, and Colin will be hosting General Gordon's tours of The Gordon - in costume as Maj Gen Charles Gordon - every Wednesday morning in October. 

The 90-minute walking tours will explain the institution's crucial part in Geelong's history from its 1887 beginnings through to its high-tech 21st Century future. 

The the tour will take in The Gordon's  unique architecture -the building has been extended in a dozen different styles - as well as giving an insight into today's range of courses and classes.

Each tour will begin at 11.30am, finishing at 1.00pm with (inclusive) refreshments in the Gordon Gallery. 

It's an eye-opening experience and an unusual insight into our city's history.  

Booking details on our Diary HERE



Colin and The Geekers bring back The Seekers - And Beyond

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The highly successful musical biography The Seekers And Beyond will return for a special charity event in October.

The show, written and introduced by Colin Mockett has the popular Geelong group The Geekers singing hit songs from the 1960s. 

The show centres around Melbourne supergroup The Seekers and features all their hits - as well as many of the songs  that influenced them. 

The Seekers And Beyond was a sell-out runaway success when it appeared at The Potato Shed in April.  Now it  returns for a Saturday  afternoon in October in Point Lonsdale, as a fundraiser for Queenscliff Historical Museum. 

The Seekers And Beyond is in the Point Lonsdale Hall  3.00pm Saturday October 19. 

Find booking details on our Diary Page HERE

Walk the bollards, too

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Colin Mockett hosts a walking tour of all Geelong's waterfront attractions - including all the iconic Bollards - at a one-off event on October 24. The event is part of Geelong Seniors Festival 2019. 

Colin, through his association with bollard creator Jan Mitchell, can offer unique insights into the backgrounds of each wooden character. 

The 4.8km walk will begin at Rippleside Park - where there's free parking - and end at  Limeburners Point, where a chartered bus will be waiting to return the walkers to Rippleside. 

It's part of Geelong Seniors Festival, the walk is easy and pleasant with frequent stops, but there are some steps and rough ground. numbers are restricted 

Booking details on our Diary HERE

Urinetown takes the satire

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CenterStage Geelong has announced the cast and crew for its forthcoming production of Urinetown - The Musical.

The multi-awarded fantasy satire will be directed by David Greenwood and Michele Marcu, with Eric Von Ahlefeldt its musical director and Rebecca Wik, choreographer. 

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is an hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself. And in a piece of theatrical innovation, CenterStage will stage the musical in the round - or, more accurately, square, with the company’s Warehouse 26 venue transformed into a beach. 

The Urinetown cast includes: as Bobby Strong, Liam Erck; Hope Cladwell, Maddy Ludbrook; Officer Lockstock, Connor Rawson; Little Sally, Hannah Senftleben; Cladwell B Cladwell, Dom Wolfram; Penelope Pennywise, Simone Warnock; Senator Fipp, David Jarwood; Mr McQueen, Joel Lane; Old Man Strong, Gerry McKeague; Hot Blades Harry, Jack McPhail; Little Becky Two Shoes, Jess Senftleben; Soupy Sue, Jasmin Wilson; Tiny Tom, Hamish New; Robby The Stockfish, Rose Chambers; Billy Boy Bill, Dylan McBurney; Officer Barrell, Oli Russell; Josephine/ Old Ma Strong, Leanne Treloar; Mrs Millenium, Marcie McGowan; Dr Billieaux, Melissa Musselwhite; Ensemble, Bonet Leate; Jasper Jarwood; Maya Supple and Maddy Horne. 

Urinetown -The Musical runs in CenterStage’s Warehouse 26 from October 25 to November 9.

Find booking details on our diary HERE

Perfect concerto played by Australia's best pianist

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Geelong Symphony Orchestra's next concert in late October is titled 

New York To Norway.

It features the winner of Australia's Best Pianist prize, Hoang Pham,  with the Geelong orchestra conducted by Fabian Russell. 

The concert's programme includes music from Gershwin, Greig and Sibelius with two favourite pieces, Gershwin's Rhapsody and Greig's only piano concerto, often referred as 'the perfect concerto' both played by Hoang Pham.

New York To Broadway is in the Costa Hall, Geelong Waterfront, Saturday October 26. 

Booking details on our diary HERE


Golden Hits of the 20th Century

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Drop Of A Hat's final Morning Showtime for the year will be see the company's favourite musicians, the Drop Of A Hatband  augmented by Adam Parsons to present a show titled Golden Hits Of The 20th Century.

The show's songlist ranges includes the Beatles' All My Lovin' and Something to Lara'sTheme from Dr Zhivago, Don McLean's American Pie, Ralph McTell's Streets of London and the song voted best of the century - John Lennon's Imagine.  All told there are 18 choice numbers in the show.
Golden Hits Of The 20th Century is in the Potato Shed Tuesday November 12.

Booking details on our diary HERE 

Medimime's Rapunzel

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Medimime’s 2019 fundraising show Rapunzel: A Tangled Panto is already in production. The big, colourful pantomime will be presented at GPAC in November, directed by Liz Lester with production liaison from 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

Set constructions in the hands of Bart Abbas and Daniel Grocott, the properties coordinator is Bronwen Elliott, stage manager, Kim Sutton and the show’s sound is in the hands of Ben Anderson. The onstage cast includes, as Rapunzel: Cate Dunstan; Nurse Hetty Hairspray: Scott Bradley; Willie Widdle: Seamus Kennedy; Gothel: Kate Gore; King Ralph: Scott Graham; Queen Rose: Jenna Irvin; Ball: Deanne Elliott; Socket: Trent Inturrisi; Prince George: Alicia Neels; Fairy Good: Paige van der Chys; Fairy Well: Georgia Hermans; Fairy Nuff: Amity Durran; Sergeant Hawkeye: Daniel Grocott and Story Teller: Joanna MacCarthy. The Adult Ensemble comprises: Alisha Jones, Alysha Kitchingman, Andy Booth, Arielle Renton-Gibb, Bart Abbas, Debbie Troop, Doremy Bagshaw, Erin Bloye, Ethan O'Brien, Frank Engelsman, Ged Sweeney, Grace Williamson, Jane Kosutic, Joanna MacCarthy, Kiara Troop, Lindsay Musella, Maddy Magher, Mia Walters, Rachel Helwig, Ruby Dillon, Sarah Booth, Sarah Rus, Sebastian Dowler, Sophie Cutropia, Tahlia Walker and Zoe Prem. The Child Ensemble is: Bonnie Clissold, Campbell Van Elst, Eibhlm Sharkey, Elliott Renton-Gibb, Grace McConachy, Jacob Irwin, Jemma Kevich, Katie McKeague, Kayla Booth, Maggie McKeague, Sarah Joordans, Sienna Pedersen, Ted Hart, Tess Chatham and Tilly Lewis. 

Rapunzel opens November 15.

Booking details on our Diary Page HERE