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Playful Weekend at Anglesea

This Weekend sees our region’s leading one-act play festival celebrating 30 years at Anglesea. Titled ‘A Bunch Of Shorts’ the fest has 12 plays from groups around Victoria compete for cash prizes. All plays are between 15 – 45 minutes in length, some contain adult language/content. This year’s adjudicator is Xan Colman. There’s a festival cafe and Saturday night wine bar. Affordable session passes ($10-$20) or a gold pass to the whole weekend cost $40. For more info head to trybooking.com

Vivaldi to the Max on Sunday

Orchestra Geelong, conducted by Janice Wilding present s a new concert with a star soloist this weekend. Titled A Sweet Serenade, the concert will feature Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D major with soloist Max Rudd. It’s something of a coup for the community orchestra to draw Max it its home at Geelong High School, and it reflects the status and respect that the musicians now command. A Sweet Serenade is in the C>A> Love hall at Geelong High School on the corner of Ryrie and Garden Streets, East Geelong, 3pm Sunday August 14. Tickets $30 at the door or through trybooking.com

Buddy’s story in The Shed

Geelong’s Drop Of A Hat Productions next Morning Showtime at the Potato Shed showcases the life and last concert tours of Buddy Holly. Titled I Guess It Doesn’t Matter Any More, the show is written and narrated by Colin Mockett, with live music from top rock & roll band All Shook Up. The brand new presentation will debut at The Potato Shed – but word has already got out about its quality and with more than a month to go, it’s already close to sold out. At the moment, there are only 17 seats left for the 10.30am Tuesday Morning presentation.
It’s advisable to move quickly for a seat at I Guess It Doesn’t Matter Any More in The Potato Shed 10.30am Tuesday September 6. All tickets are $17, book through the City at https://tickets.geelongaustralia.com.au/

Gypsy arriving in October

Geelong is set for the arrival of the top musical Gypsy, to be directed by Scott Hendry for Theatre Of The Damned. Mae Anne is musical director and Jacob Goulding choreographer. The story of strip-tease artist Gypsy Rose Lee will have Sophie Collins sashaying in the lead role with Michael Cunningham playing Herbie and Issy Coomber as Louise. The show opens October 14 in the Shenton Centre, East Geelong. Showtime is at 7.30pm, with a 2pm matinee on the final Saturday, October 22. Tickets $37.50 are on sale now at trybooking.com

Sophie’s tasteful Gypsy stripper

Geelong’s Theatre Of The Damned has released the cast for its next musical, Gypsy, to open in the Shenton Theatre in October. The story of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee will be directed by Scott Hendry with Mae Anne his musical director and Jacob Goulding choreographer. The cast is led by ​​​ Sophie Collins (pictured) as Rose with Herbie​​​ Michael Cunningham; Louise​​​ Issy Coomber; June​​​ Delanee Collins; Tulsa​​​ Braiden Troy; Tessie Tura/Crachitt​ Reyna Hudgell; Electra​​​ Paula Kontelj; Mazeppa​​ Leanne Treloar, Jocko/Pastey David Postill; Pop/Goldstone/Cigar​ Barry Eeles; Mr Webber Rick Peacock; Renee/Ens​​ Mary-Ellen Hetherington; Dolores​​ Rosie Whelan; Marjorie May​​ Laura McKenzie; Agnes​​​ Karina Whytcross; Thelma ​​Abby Livesay; young Louise​​ Elektra Wilde; farmboyKansas​ Alex Aidt; baby June ​​Molly Martin; balloon girl ​​Tess McKeague; newsboys​​ Isabel White, ​ River Madden and ​​Saxon Wilde.

Blithe Spirit in Ceres

Ceres’ Theatre Of The Winged Unicorn has announced its new production to be Noel Coward’s witty marriage comedy Blithe Spirit to be staged in the township’s Temperance Hall October/November. ToWU’s planned production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap was set to open when postponed by the last Covid lockdown. And during that lockdown, the company’s rights to stage the production expired. So in an unusual move, producer Elaine Mitchell decided to keep the cast together but present Blithe Spirit instead. The new production will be directed by Amelia McBride Baker and feature Jocelyn Mackay (pictured)

Fiddler, West Side Story coming

Geelong’s love affair with stage musicals continues at pre-Covid levels. Following Bright Star and Les Miserables earlier this year, we’re set for Gypsy (see above) in October, while Footlight Productions plans to stage Fiddler On The Roof in January and CenterStage will present a big version of West Side Story in the Costa Hall in June 2023.

Windfire brings Bach’s Passion

Geelong’s annual Windfire Concert Series presented under the Music At The Basilica banner and directed by Frank De Rosso will return in October with a memorable opening concert. It’s J S Bach’s St John Passion presented by the Windfire Choir and Orchestra with the Geelong Chorale and star soloists in St Mary’s Basilica October 7.
It’s followed by concerts on October 8 , 9, 12, 14, 15 and 16 in Geelong’s churches. There are free lunchtime recitals, too.
Find booking details our diary page and the full festival at https://musicatthebasilica.org.au/music-festival/

Theatre in the Cemetery

Outdoor theatre returns to Geelong with an innovative new feature from Geelong Cemeteries Trust & Drop Of A Hat Productions History Alive! tours. They are presenting two new ‘Seated Tours’ in mid-October, titled ‘Under The Peppercorns’. You’ll be shown to white plastic chairs under Eastern Cemetery’s historic Peppercorn trees where cemetery resident hosts introduce some of the cemetery’s most illustrious residents to tell their stories. They’re played by some of our region’s leading actors in costume. 11am and 2.00pm, Saturdays, cost is $17, details are on our Diary page HERE, seats are limited, book through Geelong Cemeteries Trust at gct.net.au/news-events/geelong-tours