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The 39 Steps – Ten Years On

Ten years ago Geelong Rep’s production of The 39 Steps won accolades and just about swept the board at the Geelong Theatre Awards. The play, adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan, was directed by Rep’s Kelly Clifford and now she has brought together most of the original cast and production team for a 10th anniversary production. Originally a war-time spy-novel then an Alfred Hitchcock classic film, The 39 Steps is now a blissfully funny fast-paced ensemble show that follows the incredible adventures of handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache. He encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.Wonderfully inventive, this gripping comedy thriller features four fearless actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action. The 39 Steps opens in the Woodbin Theatre November 18 and runs until December 3.

Wish Upon (another) Song

Geelong Lyric Society’s highly successful Wish Upon A Song showcase of Disney favourites returns in the New Year with a new set of songs but the same team – and venue – as before. That’s director and choreographer Xavier McGettigan with Musical Director Brad Treloar who have invited some of Geelong’s finest musical talent on to the stage of our region’s best venue, The Costa Hall. The show includes songs from more than a dozen Disney films including The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Frozen, and Frozen II.  Wish Upon A Song II is in the Costa Hall 7.30pm Jan 26 & 27, while Jan 28 has shows at 1.00pm and 5.30pm. Tickets $44.90 & $39.90 from Geelong Arts Centre www.geelongartscentre.org.au

Fiddler on the Roof – in Newtown

Geelong’s Footlight Productions will present the much-loved 1964 musical Fiddler On The Roof  at Sacred Heart College’s Performing Arts Centre in January 2023.
The show will be directed by Alister Smith, with choreographer Ashley Boyd. It will feature Geelong Theatre legend Jamie McGuane in the central role of milkman Tevye, with Hayley Wood as his long-suffering wife Golde. Set in a Jewish township in late 19th-century Russia, the storyline touches on religious tradition, family values, the flowering of women’s empowerment, racial intolerance and displacement, refugee resettlement but most of all, hope. It features classic songs If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise Sunset, Matchmaker Matchmaker and more.
The full Geelong cast is: Tevye, Jamie McGuane; Golde, Hayley Wood; Tzeitel, Cassie Chappell; Hodel, Rose Chambers; Chava, Molly Jones; Sphrintze, Abbey Jones; Bielke, Molly Gleeson; Lazar Wolf, David Mackay; Motel, Liam McWhinney; Perchik, Aidan O’Cleirigh; Fydeka, Charles McIntyre; Constable, Jordan Ybarzabal; Yente, Mandy Calderwood; Rabbi, Howard Dandy; Grandma Tzeitel, India Ney; Fruma Sarah, Jenn Stirk and The Fiddler, Jemma Lowther. The ensemble are: Kaitlyn Eastwood, Anna Flint, Rachel Helwig, Emma Jones, Alice Krieger, Eleanor Lewis, Sanela Osmanovic, Rebecca Romeo, Tahlia Walker,  Ash Chappell, Ben McNaughton, Jack McPhail, Elijah Garlick-McQueen, Storm Randall, Joshua Robertson, Ashley Thompson, Braiden Troy and Flynn Wilkie-Clark.