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Our Potato Shed Morning Showtime season gets Rocking start

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Drop Of A Hat’s 2019 season of Morning Showtimes  begins with an explosion of wonderful, happy music.   We’re presenting The History Of Rock And Roll, no less, with historian/ narrator Colin Mockett providing the history and  visual graphics while rock group All Shook Up plays the  music, live.   And that music includes hit songs from all the iconic singers pictured above. That’s (from left) Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and Fats Domino.  

They’re among the pioneers of rock,  the musicians that joyfully introduced a revolutionary new brand of musical excitment.   Colin’s narration explains the circumstances in the early 1950s that led to Sam Phillips setting up his Sun Studios in Memphis Tennessee which sparked that musical fire. 

Then, in part two, he follows the course of how the genre, initially dismissed as ‘a fad’, then swept the world. Songs in the show include Rock Around The Clock, Hound Dog, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Great Balls Of Fire, Oh Boy! I Guess It Doesn't Matter Any More, Blue Suede Shoes, Heartbreak Hotel, All Shook Up and  more.  

The History Of Rock And Roll is in The Potato Shed, Peninsula Drive, Drysdale, 10.30am Tuesday March 5.
Details on our Diary Page HERE

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Take a Concert of Sparking performers....

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Tickets are almost sold out  for Theatre of the Winged Unicorn's upcoming concert For The Love Of Gilbert & Sullivan, despite an added extra performance.
The musical revue is presented in cabaret-style at the Scarecrow Patch at Ceres.
And it has some excellent voices presenting the works of the world's foremost operetta composers.
Singing will be  Lisa Breen, Allister Cox, Tim Hetheringham, Nadine Joy, Jocelyn Mackay, David Marrie, Ben Mitchell and Miriam Wood singing solos, duets, trios and ensembles from the operetta masters. And they are all accompanied by Sonata Miyake on the Ceres baby grand piano.
The few tickets remaining  are for daytime and evening performances during the first weekend of March. 

Details on our Comprehensive Diary HERE


Geelong's Symphony Orchestra is in a romantic mood...

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The Geelong Symphony Orchestra, led by international conductor, Richard Davis, brings popular classics from the great romantic composers - that's Brahms and Tchaikovsky - to a Costa Hall concert early March. The concert also includes the 2018 Australian Youth Classical Music Competition winner, Rio Xiang, on the Costa’s Steinway Grand playing Tchaikovsky’s soaring Piano Concerto No.1,

The concert comprises: Brahms: Academic Festival Overture; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1; Brahms: Symphony No 1. 

Find booking details on our Comprehensive Diary HERE

Lear Goes To Jail in Geelong

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Geelong's Skin Of Our Teeth Productions is preparing to present an innovative all-female version of  Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear in the Old Geelong Gaol mid March. Now titled simply  LEAR, the play,   directed by Steven Georgiadis, features Madeleine Swain as Lear, Rose Musselwhite as Cordelia and Amarachi Okorom as Oswald.   
Find dates and booking details on our Comprehensive Diary HERE

Superman lands (and sings) in Geelong in April

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Geelong's Theatre of the Damned, the company started by Tony and Elise Dahl and dedicated to bringing new and innovative musicals to our region has announced that it will stage two shows in 2019. 

The company will present the Broadway hit It's A Bird, It's A Plane - It's Superman!  at the Shenton Centre in April, followed by  If/Then in August.

Both shows have much in common. They're American, started on Broadway, and neither has been presented in our region before. 

Dates, times, details of both are on our Diary HERE

Cantankerous Geoff needs 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

Memory Of Water - in Torquay of course!

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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. 

Find details on our Diary Page HERE

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella opens in March

CenterStage Geelong has announced the cast and crew for its production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella which will open in GPAC’s Playhouse in March. 

The big, colourful traditional family musical will be directed by Simon Thorne assisted by Georgia Thorne. His musical director is Brad Treloar, vocal director, Emily Donoghue and choreographer, Fiona Luca-Kingsbury. The show’s costume coordinator is Maxine Urquhart assisted by Dawn Murdoch & Sharon Clearwater.
The cast is led by Katie Loxston as Cinderella with Jonathon Gardner her Prince Charming. The Queen is Amy Curtis, Fairy Godmother, Louise Walter; Stepmother, Michele Marcu; Portia, Jamie Long; Joy, Caitlyn Lear; Steward, Damian Caruso; Herald, Dom Wolfram and Chef, Jack McPhail. The adult ensemble is Madelyn Ludbrook, Ruby Buchanan, Rebecca Harland, Cate Dunstan, Ben Hargreaves, Luke Carra, Annah Kucharski, Elliot Senftleben, Amy Pullen, Chloe Stojanovic, Cheryl Campbell, Leanne Treloar, Ashley Thompson, Joel Lane, Amanda Biffin, Will Johnston, Rebecca Wik India Ney, Kate Gore, Alicia O’Bree, Elly Howlett, Sarah Jeffreys, Sue Rawkins, Trent Inturrisi and Oliver Russell. Children's ensemble is Molly Martin, Mia Hayden Brooks, Elyssa Jeffreys, Einbhlinn Sharkey, Milla Best, Katie McKeague, Annie Grave, Rosie Tuck, Charlotte Piec, Lochie Slater, Guy Wingrave and Hamish Veronie. 

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella opens in the Playhouse March 22.

Find dates and booking details, when available,  on the Comprehensive Diary HERE

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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 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.

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