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Top team for TOWU's Importance of Earnest

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Theatre of the Winged Unicorn will present Oscar Wilde’s classic ‘trivial comedy for serious people’ The Importance of Being Earnest in Ceres Hall early May. 

And the company has assembled a top-class cast and crew for the production. 

The play is designed by Allard Pett, with the set constructed by the Pett family. It’s produced and directed by Elaine Mitchell assisted by Julie Fryman. And the cast, studded with awarded actors, includes: as Jack Worthing – Ben Mitchell; as Algernon Moncrieff – Alard Pett; Lady Bracknell - Miriam Wood; Gwendolyn Fairfax – Jocelyn Mackay; Cecily Cardew – Stacey Carmichael; Dr Chasuble - Allister Cox; Miss Prism - Marylin Nash; Lane - David Keele and Merriman – Davydd Marrie. 

The show’s wardrobe is the hands of Bridget Dunstan. 

TOWU’s The Importance Of Being Earnest is in Ceres Hall May 3 until May 19.

Booking details on our diary HERE

Rep's Mr Bailey finds a minder

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Geelong Rep has announced the cast and crew for its forthcoming production of Debra Oswald’s Mr Bailey's Minder .  The play is centred around a cantankerous old man burned out by booze - and played by Geoff Gaskill. A gifted painter and chronic alcoholic, he has a fraught relationship with his daughter, played by Clare O’Brien, who employs a ‘minder’ for him. Enter Therese, (Leanne Visser), who is fresh out of jail and determined to make a go of what she sees as her last chance to go straight. The experienced Glenn Barton appears in a couple of support roles. 

Rep’s version of Mr Bailey’s Minder is directed by Doug Mann. 

It opens in the Woodbin Theatre May 3. 

Find details on our Diary Page HERE

Tom is Superman in May

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Geelong's Theatre of the Damned has announced the cast and crew for it's production of It’s a Bird, It’s A Plane - It’s Superman! which will open in East Geelong's Shenton Centre in May. The musical makes its Victorian debut with this production, which is directed by Shayne Lowe, with Eric Von Ahlefeldt musical director and Tegan Drever, choreographer. The show's costume design is by Kendall Fisher and Elise Dahl.  

The cast is led by, as Superman: Tom Membrey, Lois Lane: Tara Dunstan; Jim Morgan: Andrew Coomber; Sydney: Aashlea Oakes; Dr Abner Sedgwick:David Van Etten; Max Mencken: Liam Erck. The show’s female ensemble is: Nikki Arnott, Charlotte O’Neill, Jasmin Wilson, Brooke Chapman, Rachel Helwig and Katelyn Williams. The male ensemble comprises: Liam South, Seth Baxter, Patrick Bongiorno, Jake Beasant and Trent Inturissi.  

It’s a Bird, It’s A Plane - It’s Superman opens May 10 in the Shenton Centre.
Booking details are on our Diary HERE

Deakin's Women on the move

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Drop Of A Hat's 2018 production Alfred Deakin's Women has been booked to appear in Melbourne.  The production will be a fundraiser for a local group's push to erect a bust of Alfred Deakin on the foreshore at Point Lonsdale. The Deakin family had - and still have - a house there, and when prime minister, Alfred frequently ran the country from his seaside retreat. Alfred Deakin's Women is a musical biography  telling the stories of the five strong women in his life.  It's presented by Shirley Power, Reyna Hudgell and Colin Mockett and is set to open in Fitzroy Sunday May 5 

Watch the site for performance details. 

Enter Ophelia - at GPAC

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Following Geelong's all-woman Lear, comes Enter Ophelia  presented at GPAC by  Essential Theatre.  Promoted as 'A brilliantly dark and entertaining examination of Shakespeare’s Ophelia', the play arrives via a well-received 2018 season at Melbourne's La Mama. 

'In a world of mad men and murdering uncles, drowning never felt so good. ..

A woman wanders an empty castle, clutching rotting flowers - told what to do, where to stand, what to think. No one really listens to her, no one really sees her. Enter Ophelia is a darkly funny gothic riff imagining a vastly different future for Shakespeare’s famed drowned damsel..'

Enter Ophelia is in GPAC's Drama Theatre.  May 8 & 9. 

Booking details are on our Diary HERE

Memory Of Water in Torquay

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Torquay Theatre Troupe has announce the cast and crew for its forthcoming production of Shelagh Stephenson’s Memory Of Water.   The award-winning tragi-comedy, set in Northern England, centres on three sisters who are struggling with grief, coming together for their mother’s funeral. Each sister has different memories of the same events, causing constant bickering about whose memories were true… Then, to add to the mix, the ghost of their mother hovers in one of the sister’s dreams, giving extra insights and elements.

The Torquay production will be directed by award-winning playwright Sandy Fairthorne with Maryanne Doolan her producer. They have selected a strong cast including Kathryn O’Neill as Mary, Frankie Swithinbank as Teresa, Skye Staude as Catherine, Claudia Clark as Vi, Timothy Parsons- as Yarrow and Mike Ethan Cook as Frank

Memory of Water opens in TTT’s Price St Theatre mid May. 

Booking details on our Diary Page HERE

Stardust and The Mission

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An intriguing double bill of plays arrives at GPAC in May, courtesy of The Space Company.  Promoted as.. 'Two stage documentaries telling stories about love, music and war, and all the things that people leave behind...' 

Stardust and The Mission are each presented by award winning  performers Joel Carnegie and Tom Molyneux.

Stardust begins with a locked cupboard found in a family garage. So what was inside? The Mission has 

A “Fighting Gunditjmara” man returning home from war only to be forced from his traditional lands. What drove him to fight for a country that didn't even recognise him? 

Stardust and The Mission are in GPAC's Drama Theatre.  May 16 & 17. 

Booking details are on our Diary HERE

Georgia plays Maria in Geelong's Sound Of Music

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CenterStage Geelong has announced a huge cast for its production of The Sound of Music, to be performed July & August in GPAC’s Playhouse.

The big show is directed by David Mackay, with Phil Kearney his musical director 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

Rapunzel gets tangled in Geelong

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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

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.

Performance details will be on this website when released. 

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Geelong loves its musicals. There were 12 in 2018 - and eight already announced for this year

Geelong’s love affair with musical theatre continues.
Our region’s companies staged 12 big stage musicals during 2018.   A quick rundown shows the list started with Footlight’s Beauty and the Beast in January, CenterStage's 42nd Street in March and TotD’s The Toxic Avenger in April, then Song Contest - The Almost Eurovision Experience presented by Geelong Lyric in May, followed by Shrek - The Musical staged by GSODA in June. CenterStage’s We Will Rock You followed in July/August, Theatre of the Damned’s Chicago and Clonard's Grease in August, GSODA Collective's Godspell was in September and CenterStage’s Little Shop Of Horrors in October/November; Starlight Express in November and Cats November/December.
And  2019 looks like continuing the trend with Footlight's big Les Miserables opening in January,  a revival of Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella  and then a raft of new musicals including It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman, The Sapphires, If/Then and Waistwatchers- The Musical, Hercules The Panto and Kinky Boots already announced. And there's more in the pipeline.  
Watch this site for news. 

You'll find all Geelong’s theatre and stage productions listed on our Comprehensive Diary HERE.

We're the place for Rock & Roll Boomers!

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 kicks off quietly in February with Songs of Olivia Newton John for GPAC’s morning showtimes, before March arrives with TWO tributes to the very beginnings of Rock & Roll - where, at Sun Studios in Memphis, producer Sam Phillips launched the careers of most of the genre’s founders - from Jerry Lee to Elvis to Gene to Johnny.
Both shows are in The Potato Shed with the first titled Sun Rising - ironically an evening show - while The History Of Rock & Roll opens three days later, in the morning.
Then comes a quieter, more melodic interval with shows about The Carpenters, then The Seekers, (both in The Potato Shed) before a midwinter burst sees 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

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And there's so much more....

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 details. 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.

 If you have an event that should be listed here - or on our diary, tell us. 

Information included anywhere on this website is free. If there is any other thing you would like us to include, just let us know.

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