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We Will Rock You - And They Did!


CenterStage Geelong’s current production of the Ben Elton/Queen rock musical We Will Rock You is a sensation.
It’s the first time the highly successful musical, based on the songs of Freddy Mercury and Queen threaded together with a future-fable storyline from the writer of
Black Adder has been presented in Geelong.

And the show’s opening night brought a standing ovation from a packed auditorium and our critic purring superlatives. ‘In simple cryptic terms, go see this show’, Colin Mockett wrote. ‘You. Will. Love. It!’ The show elicited 16 Geelong Theatre Award nominations. These included director Paul Watson and his team, along with all the show’s the lead players, Jonathan Gardner, Morgan Heynes, Natasha Bassett, Josh McGuane, Matt  Skinner, Brady King and Mellissa Harrington, with ensemble nominated as a group. They are, Cassie Chappell, Christie Walter, Alicia O’Bree, Katie Loxston and Tali Morrisey, Alysia MacLeod, Anna Flint, Ariane Gavin, Caitlyn Lear, Charlie McIntyre, Charlotte Crowley, Courtney Vos, Damian Carouso, Elija Ivelja, Elyse Batson, Jemma Lowther, Jesse Ivelja, Joey Donald, Kate Gore, Kayla Bamford, Melanie Dobrovoljni, Michael Hawthorn, Murray Plowman, Nick Rogers, Trudi Riley, Will Johnston and William Reed.

We Will Rock You runs in GPAC’s Playhouse until August 4.

Find full dates and booking details on our Comprehensive Diary HERE.
Read our No-nonsense Review HERE

See the show’s Award Nominations HERE


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Amy finally gets her Helpmann


Geelong’s Amy Lehpamer has been named among the best performers in Australia, taking a Helpmann award for her part as Cynthia Weil in Beautiful, the Carole King musical. The Helpmanns, awarded annually in Sydney, are the equivalent of New York’s Tony Awards, or London’s Oliviers. They’re named after the world renowned Australian dancer, actor, director and choreographer Sir Robert Helpmann.
This year was the third year in succession that Amy had been nominated for a Helpmann, after her performances in the lead as
Dusty in 2017, and as Maria in The Sound Of Music in 2016.
She’s currently in rehearsal for
the Australian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway and West End smash hit rock musical, School of Rock which opens at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre late October. Amy will play the headmistress, Rosalie Mullins. And if her looks are familiar to Drop Of A Hat’s Concert Of The Decade audiences - that’s because Amy was previously the leader of our Geelong Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Anglesea’s annual feast of plays



Our region’s premier one-act play festival is held over the weekend of August 18 & 19 in the pretty seaside town of Anglesea.
Hosted by Anglesea Performing Arts, we can’t tell you how many plays will be presented over the weekend because applications are still being processed.
Enough to say it’s a weekend that traditionally delights playgoers with its diversity, and the weekend is heightened with just a touch of inter-company rivalry.
This year’s
adjudicator is  Dan Giovannoni, a Melbourne playwright who is currently writer in residence at Melbourne Theatre Company.
The One Act Play Festival is in the town’s Memorial Hall, McMillan Street. Full details are available online at https://www.angleseaperformers.org.au/one-act-play-festival,

while ticket prices are $15 per session , or a full weekend gold pass costs just $35.00.
Details are on the comprehensive Diary HERE.


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Kethly plays Valma in Geelong’s Chicago


Geelong’s Theatre Of The Damned has announced the cast for its forthcoming version of Chicago, to play in the Shenton Centre in August. The lead part of

Velma Kelly will be played by Kethly Hemsworth (right); Billy Flynn by Andrew Perry, Roxy Hart by Shani Clarke,  Matron ‘Mama’ Morton by Shayne Lowe, Mary Sunshine by Liam Erck, Amos Hart by Trent Inturissi, Master of Ceremonies by PJ White. The Murderesses are: Liz, Jorja Bromley, Annie, Ashley Boyd, June, Georgia Peterson, Hunyak, Alicia Miller, Mona, Ester Hermann, Go-To-Hell-Kitty is Tegan Drever.

The Ensemble is Kendall Fisher, Dyrone Watane, Josh McInnes and Molly Carter.

ToTD’s Chicago opens August 10.


Booking details, are on the Comprehensive Diary HERE

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Students bring The Crucible, with music



Geelong’s newest theatre group is set to present Arthur Miller’s classic The Crucible during August in Ceres.
Deakin University’s Student Theatre & Arts Troupe STAT is an initiative of  the uni’s  students association. The group’s stated aim is ‘to provide opportunities for students to participate in and enjoy plays and musical theatre’.
For its first venture, the group has cast their version of
The Crucible using experienced local actors  and will stage three performances in Ceres’ Temperance Hall home of Theatre of the Winged Unicorn. Like the audition process, the audience is open to Geelong’s wider community - but ticket prices are at student-rates. Entry to see this Crucible will cost $12, $10 and $8 for Deakin students.

The play’s director is Lauren Elizabeth Atkin, assisted by Nicholas Brooke. And, unusually,  this Crucible will contain music, with Nathaniel Hyunh its musical director,  Jacinta Van Etten its choreographer.

The Crucible will play in the Ceres Temperance Hall August 10 & 11.


Full Booking details are on our Comprehensive Diary HERE


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Even more musicals on the way to Geelong





Geelong’s love affair with musical theatre continues at a pace.
Our region’s companies have  staged or are are preparing to present an amazing list of productions during 2018. Here’s a quick take..

Following Footlight’s Beauty and the Beast in January, 42nd Street in March and TotD’s The Toxic Avenger in April, came  Song Contest -  The Almost Eurovision Experience presented by Geelong Lyric in May. Now prepare for  Shrek - The Musical staged by GSODA in June,  CenterStage’s We Will Rock You in July/August, Theatre of the Damned’s Chicago, in August and CenterStage’s Little Shop Of Horrors in October/November.  And there’s even the chance of more being announced. Keep an eye on this site for all the details as they’re announced


Find ALL Geelong’s theatre and stage productions listed on our Diary HERE.

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Les Mis returns to the Geelong Footlights



Geelong’s multi-awarded Footlight Productions has announced that it will present the world’s most popular musical - Les Miserables - in Geelong January 2019.

The company has only recently closed a season of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast.  It last presented Les Mis in 2013.




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Geelong’s glamorous theatre awards
-  our Oscar experience




Geelong’s inaugural Theatre Awards presentation - a high-glamour, low-cost  event held at Drysdale’s Potato Shed on Sunday November 26, 2017, was pronounced a resounding success by all who attended.
The packed venue - some 200 stylishly-dressed theatricals - saw 25 awards bestowed, in a new format dedicated to Geelong-born theatrical star Oscar Asche.
The evening also saw musical and dramatic entertainment as well as an introduction to the Geelong Theatre all of Fame.
All this and a rare opportunity for Geelong’s theatrical community to get together and network among peers.
Pictured above is Sophie Collins, joint winner of our Best Lead Actress In A Musical Oscar.  Her co-winner was Morgan Heynes, her fellow witch in Footlight’s Wicked.

For a full account of the evening, and a complete list of winners and nominees, visit our Awards Home Page - or CLICK HERE
The 2018 Geelong Theatre Awards will be presented at a glittering, glamorous ceremony Sunday November 25.
Full details and booking number on the Comprehensive Diary HERE

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Ex-councillor Joel is GPAC’s new boss


Geelong’s Performing Arts Centre has appointed Joel McGuinness as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Mr McGuinness will begin work at the centre on 13 March and oversee its ongoing  $38.5million upgrade.
He replaces former GPAC general manager Jill Smith, who announced that she would be stepping down late last year.
A self-confessed ‘committee junkie’, Mr McGuinness has  resigned his position as an elected member of council for the City of Bunbury, WA.
He was elected in 2014, following a five-year stint as general manager of the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre where he oversaw
a successful $12.5m redevelopment.
A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Mr McGuinness is currently the director of the Bunbury Fringe and
South West Multicultural Festivals.
He has held numerous arts-industry board positions, including vice-chair of the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association.
On his appointment Joel said: he was  ‘thrilled to be moving to Geelong Performing Arts Centre at such an exciting time’. He said he was ‘keen to start working with the (GPAC) Trust, staff and the whole community to deliver great outcomes for Geelong, the G21 Region and the broader arts sector in Victoria and nationally’.

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And there’s so much more on our stages




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 weekly concert on the first Monday of each month from 7.00pm at The Naval Club in Skene St, Newtown; and the last Saturday of each month at The Hub, Cnr McKillop and Humble Sts in East Geelong, as well as odd events around the region.  Check their website geelongfolkmusicclub.com for more.  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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