Geelong's theatre scene has essentially closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic government restrictions. Just about every production had been shelved, postponed or cancelled.
Geelong Arts Centre has closed to the public and cancelled all its shows. So has The Potato Shed. The MSO's Costa Hall concert for Friday is cancelled but the orchestra has posted a free concert (recorded at an empty Hamer hall ) online at mso.com.au.
CenterStage's ongoing theatre classes are cancelled and the company's current production West Side Story has been shifted to July, with the musical scheduled for that date, Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert shelved.
All the May productions have gone, Geelong Rep has postponed its Tuesdays With Morrie, Geelong Lyric has shelved Wish Upon A Song , ditto Theatre of the Damned's Side Show and Theatre Of Winged Unicorn's The Mousetrap. Torquay Theatre Troupe's The Kitchen Sink was the latest production to announce postponement.
All Geelong Cemetery 'History Alive!' tours, which use live actors playing significant residents have been postponed for the season. They're likely to return in a new expanded format after October.
Be assured that entertainmentgeelong.com will keep up-to-date with announcements as they are made.
The government's crowd restrictions are aimed at reducing the likelihood of a surge in COVID-19 infections. They acknowledge that many people will contact the virus and that the majority will recover. What the government wants to avoid is a large number swamping the nation's health services which need time to prepare. They stress there is no reason to panic.
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CenterStage Geelong has announced that it's forthcoming production of West Side Story, due to open at Geelong Arts Centre on March 27
Has been postponed until July 17. The big musical was ready to go, directed by Jordan Reid with musical directors Daniel Heskett and Eric Von Ahlefeldt. The show's choreographer is Remy Noonan and vocal director Madeline Cain. The cast is: as 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 until April.
Louis Nowra’s classic Australian play Cosi has been postponed from late March to mid June.
It will be 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 now slated to play at the venue from June 19 to 21.
Outdoor Theatre in Geelong concludes for the season early April with the final chance to experience 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 April 4.
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
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.
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.
Drop Of A Hat's May Morning Showtime at the Potato Shed is an All-Beatles Singalong It takes advantage of the venue's excellent acoustics and cinema-sized screen.
All the words from 23 classic Beatles songs will be projected on to that screen, the music will be played live - and a splendid time is guaranteed for all!
The session is hosted by Colin Mockett and Adam Parsons, and it takes a chronological format, beginning with She loves You and I Wanna Hold Your Hand and taking in A Hard Day's Night, Eight Days A Week, Sgt Pepper, O Bla Di O Bla Da, Norwegian Wood, Yesterday, She's Leaving Home through to Let it Be and including the anthems Hey Jude and All You Need Is Love...
The Great All-Beatles Singalong is at The Potato Shed, Drysdale. 10.30am May 5.
Geelong Lyric Theatre Society has announced that it's forthcoming production Wish Upon A Song has been postponed due to the present virus emergency. Wish upon a Song was to be presented in GAC’s Playhouse Theatre mid May. The show is described as ‘a whimsical song cycle, designed to showcase the magical music of Disney’. It features songs from more than a dozen Disney films, orchestrated by MD Brad Treloar. Including are classics Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid and Aladdin, as well as music from recent Disney releases, Frozen and Frozen II.
The show has a large cast, on and off-stage. Its production team comprises Lisa Hunter, Derek Ingles, Grant Whiteside and Brad Treloar. Director is Davina Smith assisted by Richard Senftleben. Musical director is Brad Treloar assisted by Michael Wilding; choreography by Charlotte Crowley, vocal director, Tania Grant, sound design by Ben Anderson. Costumes are coordinated by Heather Dillon.
The on-stage cast is: Nick Addison, Rachel Allen, Kara Backhous, Bryce Baumgarten, Amanda Biffen, Sally-Anne Cowdell, Rebecca Cowled, Cate Dunstan, Kaitlyn Eastwood, Sarah Jeffreys, Sarah Glynne, Scott Graham, Trinity Marell-Seach, Charlie McIntyre, Jack McPhail, Hamish New, Ethan O’Brien, Baryden O’Hanlon, Brendan Rossbotham, Jess Senftleben, Tori Stones, Ashley Thompson, Kiara Troop, Sally Venn, Idiana Walker, Tahlia Walker, Jasmin Wilson, Aloise Wingrave and Avril Wojniusz.
Junior cast is: Chloe Bailey, Kayla Booth, Tess Chatham, Charlie Cowled, Emily Cowled, Thomas Harman, Jake Marshall, Molly Martin, Katie McKeague, Maggie McKeague, Milla Scott, Amelia Senftleben, Lochie Slater and Alla White.
Drop Of A Hat's June Morning Showtime at the Potato Shed is titled Strength and Grace - Strong Women who helped shape Geelong.
Researched & presented by Colin Mockett, the show presents the stories of many of our region’s strong women and explains their part in our history.
It covers the time since European settlement, from pioneers to the present.
You'll meet Fanny Brownbill, Caroline Newcomb, Anne Drysdale, Carrie Moore, Elizabeth Austin, Louie Hitchcock and more. They're played by actor/singers Jocelyn Mackay, Reyna Hudgell, Emma Jones, and ShirleyPower.
Strength and Grace - Strong Women who helped shape Geelong is in the Potato Shed 10.30am Tuesday June 2.
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