Geelong’s flourishing theatre scene received another boost at the Music Theatre Guild awards held Saturday December 8 at Bunjil Place, Narre Warren.
Among a swag of awards that headed back down the highway were the Guild’s Best Male Performer in a Leading Role - which went to Joni Gardner, and Best Female Performer in a Leading Role, which was awarded to Morgan Heynes both of which were from Centerstage’s We Will Rock You - and both reflected their wins in our Geelong Theatre Awards.
Geelong Lyric Theatre Society took the Guild’s Award for Best Concert/Revue Performance for its Song Contest: The Almost Eurovision Experience, while Chaise Rossiello and Fiona Luca-Kingsbury took awards for Best Dancer and Best Choreographer for their work in CenterStage’s 42nd St.
The company also took the Best Lighting award in the State for We Will Rock You.
The State’s top musical 2018 was judged to have been Spring Awakening from Mordialloc - based MLOC.
The big night came a week after Geelong companies had taken ten awards from the Victorian Drama League's awards night. Congratulations to all our winners, nominees - and companies.
You’ve shown that Geelong’s Theatre scene remains at the top in our State.
Geelong Rep has announced its first play for 2019 to be the Pulitzer prize-winning drama Angels In America part one, to be directed by David Postill & Scott Bradley. The pair has chosen a strong cast including: as Prior Walter – Dylan Tijan; Louis Ironson – Xavier Mc Gettigan; Harper Pitt – Samantha Heskett; Joe Pitt – Ross Larkin; Roy Cohn – Russell Perry; Hannah Pitt – Kathryn O’Neill, Belize – Liam Erck and The Angel – Narelle Bonnici. Henry , plus supporting roles – is played by Patt Ryan.
The play's production team has directors – Scott Bradley and David Postill, production coordinator – Ange Helman, stage manager – Courtney McCullough, assistant stage manager – Derek Ingleslighting designer – Dean Taylor, costumes – Leonie Joynson
and lighting operator – Anna Ingles. Angels In America part one opens in the Woodbin February 1.
Geelong’s multi-awarded Footlight Productions has announced the cast and crew for its production of Les Miserables to be staged in GPAC's Playhouse January 2019. The big musical will be produced by Peter and Margaret Wills, directed by Alister Smith with John Shawcross as musical director. John also shares the vocal directors duties with Anna-Lee Robertson. The team has chosen an exciting cast, led by, as JEAN VALJEAN - Brad Beales; JAVERT - Vaughn Rae; FANTINE - Nicole Kaminski; COSETTE - Georgia Nicholls; EPONINE - Morgan Heynes; MARIUS - Charlie McIntyre; ENJOLRAS - Tom Phyland; MONSIEUR THENARDIER - Greg Shawcross; MADAME THENARDIER - Hayley Wood; BISHOP - Howard Dandy;
Chloe Farrar; Molly Gleeson; Abbey Jones; GAVROCHE - Johnny McKeague; Oliver Watson. MALE ENSEMBLE is Nick Addison, Ash Chappell, Andrew Coomber, Jonathon Gardner, Ben Humphreys, Elijah Ivelja
Josh McInnes; Tom Membrey, Aidan O’Cleirigh, Hunter Rogers,
Richard Senftleben, David Van Etten, Jordan Ybazabal.
FEMALE ENSEMBLE is:
Nikki Arnott, Lucy Blackwood, Michelle Cavenagh; Cassie Chappell; Simone Clarke, Kelsey Dunlop, Tara Dunstan
Molly Jones, Amanda Paris, Casey Reid, Hannah Scott, Jess Senftleben, Tori Lea Stones, Elise Vogrin and Jess Wynhoven.
Christine Davey’s Skin Of Our Teeth Productions will stage an all-female version of Shakespeare’s King Lear in the old Geelong Gaol, March 2019. Simply titled Lear, the cast is, as Lear - Madeleine Swain; Cordelia - Rose Musselwhite; Goneril - Amber Connor; Regan - Liana Skewes; Gloucester - Christine Davey; Edgar - Isobel Connor-Smithyman; Edmund - Gracie Rogers; Kent - Melissa Musselwhite; Albany - Melinda Chapman; Cornwall - Bernadette Hart; Fool - Michaela Gregory; Oswald - Amarachi Okorom; France/Gentleman - Sarah Smits; Burgundy/Old Woman - Joy Launikonis; Curan/Messenger/Doctor - Terry Roseburgh.
Lear will be directed by Steven Georgiadis; with costumes by Emma Louise Watson; production - Wendy Robinson; design - Melinda Chapman and music from Kirstin Honey.
Watch for dates, times. booking details when they are announced.
Geelong's Theatre of the Damned, the company started by Tony and Elise Dahl and dedicated to bringing new and interesting musicals to our region has announced that it will stage two shows in 2019.
The company will present It's A Bird, It's A Plane - It's Superman! in April next year, and If/Then in August.
Both are American, started on Broadway, and neither has been presented in our region before.
Geelong’s love affair with musical theatre continues.
Our region’s companies staged 12 during 2018, on almost a monthly basis, but with a couple of busy periods in August and October. 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 diary HERE.
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
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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