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COMPREHENSIVE   DIARY

June 2018


Friday June 22

CONCERT: Melbourne Chamber Orchestra with Anna Goldsworthy plays Krauss Olympic Overture; Mozart, piano sonata no.17 in B flat K.570;  Mozart, piano concerto no. 6 in B flat K.238; Haydn, piano concerto no. 11 in D Hob.XVIII:11; Mozart, Symphony no 30 in D major K. 202.  Brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society, 7.30pm at McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St, Newtown. Tickets $55, $50,(conc) $10 (under 25) from 5243 6931, music@gcms.org.au or at GPAC 5225 1200.

*****

June 22, 23
PLAY: Hotel Sorrento from Hit Productions.  Hannie Rayson’s story  three sisters reunion in Sorrento is now an Australian classic. 8.00pm Friday, 2.00pm Saturday at The Potato Shed.   Tickets  $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

Saturday June 23

CONCERT: Geelong Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Warwick Stengards, solo guitarist Matt Withers with a concert titled Spanish Fire, presenting Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez plus fireworks from De Falla and Albeniz. 7.30pm in the Costa Hall, Geelong Waterfront. Tickets $55, $45, $35 from GPAC or online at gso.org.au

*****


June 23*, 29, 30* PREMIERE OPENING!
MUSICAL: Shrek - The Musical directed by Shane Lee for GSODA Juniors in the Playhouse, Geelong Performing Arts Centre. 7.30pm (*2.00pm & 7,30pm) in the Playhouse Theatre. Tickets $38, $26 from GPAC 5225 1200.


*****

June 29, 30, (July 1*, 5, 6, 7, 8*, 12, 13, 14)

PREMIERE OPENING! PLAY: Barefoot in the Park directed by Kelly Clifford for Geelong Repertory Theatre Company. A second helping of Neil Simon brings delightful romantic comedy to Rep’s 2018 season. 7.30pm  in the Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24 from GPAC 5225 1200.


June 29, 30
PLAYS: Winter Solstice from Theatre 3222.  Two short plays - locally written plus mulled wine and warm fires.  8.00pm at The Potato Shed.   All tickets  $20 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****


July 2018


July 1*, 5, 6, 7, 8*, 12, 13, 14

PLAY: Barefoot in the Park directed by Kelly Clifford for Geelong Repertory Theatre Company. A second helping of Neil Simon brings delightful romantic comedy to Rep’s 2018 season. 7.30pm  (*2.00pm) in the Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24 from GPAC 5225 1200.

*****

July 11, 12, 13, 14*

PLAY: The Events directed by Clare Watson for Belvoir & STCSA - modern drama with song set in the wake of a massacre.  Part  of GPAC’s 2018 Theatre Season, 8.00pm (1.00pm & 8.00pm) in The Drama Theatre. Tickets $62, $59 (sen) $53 (conc) $35 (under 27) at GPAC 5225 1200.


*****

Tuesday July 17

MUSICAL CONCERT: A Morning With Issi Dye presented by the Australian icon who can boast 40 years cabaret experience.  Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed series, 10.30am in the Potato Shed, Drysdale. All tickets $15 include refreshments, buy through CoGG’s service centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

July 20*, 21
PLAY: Point Of No Return from Essence Productions.  Explores the Australian convict prison system’s treatment of boys in the 19th Century. 1.00pm & 8.00pm Friday, 8.00pm Saturday at The Potato Shed.   Tickets  $20 students, $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

Friday July 22

CONCERT: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Simone Young, conductor  and Kolja Blacher, violin play Britten Violin Concerto;

Bruckner Symphony No.6. 7.30pm at the Costa Hall, Deakin University, Gheringhap St. Tickets $102, $85, $53,  $97, $80, $49 from GPAC 5225 1200.

*****

July 20, 21*, 27, 28 29, (August 2, 3, 4*)

PREMIERE OPENING! MUSICAL: We Will Rock You the Queen rock musical written by Ben Elton staged by CenterStage Geelong. 7.30pm (*1.30pm & 7.30pm) at GPAC’s Playhouse. Tickets $44.50, $41.00, $38 from GPAC 5225 1200

*****

Friday July 27

PLAY: Think Of Me On Thursdays written and directed by Miranda Donald, a social comedy based on real-life conversations in the canteen of a country Victorian footy club. 8.00pm in The Potato Shed, Drysdale. Suitable for mature audiences, details, tickets 5251 1998.

*****


August 2018


August 2, 3, 4*

MUSICAL: We Will Rock You the Queen rock musical written by Ben Elton staged by CenterStage Geelong. 7.30pm (*1.30pm & 7.30pm) at GPAC’s Playhouse. Tickets $44.50, $41.00, $38 from GPAC 5225 1200

*****

Sunday August 5
CONCERT: Faure Requim and motets by Saint-Saens, Duruflé, Villette, Gounod and Vierne presented by The Geelong Chorale, conductor Allister Cox. 2.30pm at St Paul’s Anglican Church, La Trobe Tce, Tickets $30/$25 Phone 0407 095 408 or email thegeelongchorale@gmail.com


August 9, 10, 11*

PLAY: The Season  directed by Isaac Drandic for Tasmania Performs - a warm Australian comedy built around an aboriginal family’s annual get together for the traditional Mutton Bird Harvest.  Part  of GPAC’s 2018 Theatre Season.  8.00pm (1.00pm & 8.00pm) in The Playhouse. Tickets $62, $59 (sen) $53 (conc) $35 (under 27) at GPAC 5225 1200.


*****

Tuesday August 7

MUSICAL CONCERT: The Sassy Girls - formerly Soul Sister -bring their crisp and classy harmonies to CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed series, 10.30am in the Potato Shed, Drysdale. All tickets $15 include refreshments, buy through CoGG’s service centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

August 10, 11*,  16, 17, 18*, 23, 24, 25*
MUSICAL: Chicago the big sassy award-winning musical presented by Theatre Of The Damned 7.30pm (*2.00pm & 7.30pm) in the Shenton Performing Arts Centre, East Geelong. All tickets $37.80 from trybooking.com 


*****

Sunday August 12

CONCERT: Youth Concerto Concert presented by Orchestra Geelong - (formerly Geelong Community Orchestra) - 3.00pm in The McAuley Hall,Costa Centre for the Performing Arts, Sacred Hearth College, Aphraisia St, Newtown. Tickets $20, $15 (conc) under 17 free, available at the door or contact Melissa Murphy 0448 313 462 Email: mel.murphy@hotmail.com


*****

Friday August 17
BALLET: Madam Butterfly from Melbourne City Ballet.  Artistic director Michael Pappalardo’s dance take on the classic opera. 8.00pm in The Potato Shed.   Tickets  $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

Sunday August 25
PLAY: The World Of Men multimedia event featuring artists from the region exploring the role of men in a very different perspective. 8.00pm at The Potato Shed.   Tickets  $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

August 29, 30, 31, (Sep 1*)

PLAY: Jurassica  directed by Bridget Balodis for Red Stitch & Critical Stages - another Australian family saga, this one covers migration,  language and growing old...   Part  of GPAC’s 2018 Theatre Season.  8.00pm (1.00pm & 8.00pm) in The Drama Theatre. Tickets $58, $54 (sen) $48 (conc) $35 (under 27) at GPAC 5225 1200.


*****

Friday August 31

CONCERT: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Sir Andrew Davis, conductor play Holst’s The Planet Suite and the world premiere of Vine’s Symphony no. 8 with Ladies of the MSO Chorus. 7.30pm at the Costa Hall, Deakin University, Gheringhap St. Tickets $102, $85, $53,  $97, $80, $49 from GPAC 5225 1200.

*****


September 2018


Friday September 7
PLAY: Hell Ship - The Journey of the Ticonderoga narrated, explained and acted by Michael Veitch. Part of Victoria’s maritime tragedy unfolded by a top talent - with a family connection.  8.00pm at The Potato Shed.   Tickets  $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

September 7, 8, 9*, 13, 14, 15, 16*, 20, 21, 22

PREMIERE OPENING! PLAY: The Charitable Sisterhood Of The Second Trinity Victory Church directed by Geoff Gaskill for Geelong Repertory Theatre Company. A fresh, heartwarming, social comedy continues Rep’s 2018 season. 7.30pm (*2.00pm) in the Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24 from GPAC 5225 1200.

*****

Tuesday September 11

MUSICAL CONCERT: Slyde Back - Hits of the 60s presented by the happy Slyde Back trio. Part of  Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed series, 10.30am in the Potato Shed, Drysdale. All tickets $15 include refreshments, buy through CoGG’s service centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****


September 13, 14, 15*

PLAY: The Almighty Sometimes directed by Lee Lewis for Griffin Theatre Company. Award winning British mother-daughter drama.  Part  of GPAC’s 2018 Theatre Season.  8.00pm (1.00pm & 8.00pm) in The Playhouse. Tickets $58, $4 (sen) $48 (conc) $35 (under 27) at GPAC 5225 1200.


*****

Friday September 14

CONCERT: Omega Ensemble plays Poulenc, Selected songs; Mozart, Trio for clarinet, Viola and Piano K.498 ‘Kegelstatt’; Rachmaninoff selected songs from 14 romances Op. 34; Schubert, The Shepherd On The Rock D965.  Brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society, 7.30pm at McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St, Newtown. Tickets $55, $50,(conc) $10 (under 25) from 5243 6931, music@gcms.org.au or at GPAC 5225 1200.

*****

Saturday September 15
CABARET: Paris Underground from Madotti ad Vegas - comedy, magic illusion, song, dance, burlesque - all rolled into a beautifully strange cabaret based on the Paris underground..   8.00pm at The Potato Shed.   Tickets  $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

Thursday September 27
PLAY: Around The Word In 80 Days from Hit Productions.  Jules Verne’s  classic story with a funny, madcap twist. 2.00pm and 8.00pm at The Potato Shed.   Tickets  $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

October 2018


October 3, 4, 5, 6*

PLAY: Prize Fighter directed by David Walters for La Boite Theatre - a rare combination of storytelling and boxing as a migrant refugee to Australia tells his story.   8.00pm (1.00pm & 8.00pm) in The Drama Theatre. Tickets $58, $54 (sen) $48 (conc) $35 (under 27) at GPAC 5225 1200.


*****

Sunday October 7
CONCERT: My Life As A Piano presented by the Queen of Boogie-Woogie, Jan Preston, now back to her brilliant best after breaking both wrists in a fall. 2.00pm at The Potato Shed.   Tickets  $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

Tuesday October 9

PREMIERE OPENING! MUSICAL CONCERT: A Short History Of Queenscliff presented by Colin Mockett, Shirley Power and guests. Meet the ancestors who tell the story of our region’s historic fort town. Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed series, 10.30am in the Potato Shed, Drysdale. All tickets $15 include refreshments, buy through CoGG’s service centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

Friday October 12
CABARET: Larry Paradiseo and the Fabulous Dame Farrar  from Nicholas Clark Management. Gender movement in Carita Farrer Spencer’s tour de force.. Billed as a theatrical cyclone with more moves than Mick Jagger. 8.00pm at The Potato Shed.   Tickets  $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

Sunday October 14
CONCERT: Sing Into Spring  with Geelong Harmony Chorus.  Part of Geelong Seniors Festival,  2.00pm at The Potato Shed.   Tickets  $15 (seniors) $22 adut, $18 conc, $12 child from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

Sunday October 21
Fun Day: Family Fun Day  free family fun all day with live music, pony rides, storytelling, face painting and more at The Potato Shed.   All free bus some events are ticketed. Details  from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

Saturday October 27

CONCERT: Geelong Symphony Orchestra conductor Fabian Russell, solo pianist Stefan Cassomenos with a concert titled The Mighty Ninth. Yes, our orchestra is presenting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 - plus other works by Beethoven

With soloists and the GSO Chorus. 7.30pm in the Costa Hall, Geelong Waterfront. Tickets $55, $45, $35 from GPAC or online at gso.org.au

*****


October 27 - Nov 10
PREMIERE OPENING! MUSICAL: Little Shop Of Horrors presented by CenterStage Geelong at its home Warehouse 26, Rodney Rd, North Geelong. Details TBA

*****

Sunday October 28
CONCERT: Petula - Downtown to Broadway, a tribute from Hilary Henshaw with Will Conyers.  Part of Geelong Seniors Festival,  2.00pm at The Potato Shed.   Tickets  $25 (seniors) $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

November 2018


November 1 - 10

MUSICAL: Little Shop Of Horrors the quirky comedy musical staged by CenterStage Geelong at its Warehouse 26 venue in North Geelong. Details TBA.

*****


November 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 17
PREMIERE OPENING! PLAY: Black Adder Goes Forth presented by Christine Davey’s Skin Of Our Teeth Productions at East Geelong’s Shenton Centre.
Details TBA

*****


Sunday November 4
MUSICAL: Menopause The Musical - Women On Fire!  from Jally Entertainment. Part two from the women who brought the original Menopause show.  2.00pm & 8.00pm at The Potato Shed.   Tickets $38, $34, $30 from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

Sunday November 11
CONCERT: In Remberence a concert to acknowledge the centenary of the WW1 Armistice and to commemorate the sacrifice made by many in all wars. This program will include Messe De La Délivrance by Théodore Dubois For the Fallen by Edward Elgar and
Lest We Forget by Matthew Orlovich as well as poetry by Wilfred Owen. Presented by The Geelong Chorale, details TBA.


*****

Tuesday November 12

MUSICAL CONCERT: J F Archibald - Australia’s gift to the world presented by Colin Mockett with Shirley Power. The Geelong-born man who gifted Australia its larrikin image. Part of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed series, 10.30am in the Potato Shed, Drysdale. All tickets $15 include refreshments, buy through CoGG’s service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

Friday November 16

CONCERT: Beethoven 5 played by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with American guest conductor Karina Canellakis including a rich program of Beethoven, Dvořák and Shostakovich. 7.30pm at the Costa Hall, Deakin University, Gheringhap St. Tickets $102, $85, $53,  $97, $80, $49 from GPAC 5225 1200.

*****

November 16, 17, 18*, 22, 23, 24, 25*, 29, 30

PREMIERE OPENING! PLAY: Private Lives directed by Stephen Macklin for Geelong Repertory Theatre Company. Noel Coward’s classic  1930s battle-of-the-sexes witty romp brings Rep’s 2018 season to a close. 7.30pm  (*2.00pm) in the Woodbin Theatre, Geelong West. Tickets $30, $28, $24 from GPAC 5225 1200.

*****

November 16, 17, 18
FESTIVAL: North Bellarine Film Festival hosted by Portarlington Film Society, held at The Potato Shed. Tickets $55, $45, for weekend passes,  $25, $20 for opening night, $14, $12 session tickets details from CoGG service centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****

Friday November 23

CONCERT: Simon Tedeschi plays Schubert Sonata no. 18 in G major D894; Schumann Gesange der Fruhe ( Songs of Dawn) Op. 133; Brahms Three Intermezzi Op. 117; Francaix Cinq Bis (5 encores).  Brought by Geelong Chamber Music Society, 7.30pm at McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College, Aphrasia St, Newtown. Tickets $50, $45,(conc) $10 (under 25) from 5243 6931, music@gcms.org.au or at GPAC 5225 1200.

*****

Sunday November 25

CONCERT: Concert Orchestral Spirit presented by Orchestra Geelong - (formerly Geelong Community Orchestra) - 3.00pm in The McAuley Hall,Costa Centre for the Performing Arts, Sacred Hearth College, Aphraisia St, Newtown. Tickets $20, $15 (conc) under 17 free, available at the door or contact Melissa Murphy 0448 313 462 Email: mel.murphy@hotmail.com


*****

AWARDS: Geelong’s Theatre Awards Ceremony Geelong’s glamorous night of nights begins 6.00pm when the red carpet is rolled out at The Potato Shed, Drysdale.  
The venue will be at its glossiest for an event that will see Geelong’s theatre people at their best in suits and posh frocks for their ‘best of’ musical and non-musical 2018 awards ceremony. It’s cabaret seating, BYO nibbles, free soft drinks, tea and coffee with the bar open and stocked with celebratory bubbly. All tickets $20, book at 5251 1998 or CoGG service centres.

*****


December 2018


Tuesday December 4

PREMIERE OPENING! MUSICAL CONCERT: The Happiest Christmas presented by Colin Mockett, Shirley Power and the whole Drop Of A Hat crew. Final of CoGG’s Morning Showtimes at The Potato Shed series, 10.30am in the Potato Shed, Drysdale. All tickets $15 include refreshments, buy through CoGG’s service centres or phone 5251 1998.


*****

Saturday December 8
CONCERT: Christmas Carols presented by The Geelong Chorale, 5.00pm at Queenscliff Uniting Church, 85 Hesse St. details TBA.


*****

Wednesday December 12
PLAYS: 12 X 12 Festival presents twelve new plays each 12 minutes long on the 12th December. 7.00pm at The Potato Shed, Drysdale. Tickets $20 from CoGG Service Centres or phone 5251 1998.

*****


January 2019


Opening January 18
MUSICAL: Les Miserables presented by Footlight Productions in GPAC’s newly refurbished Playhouse. Details TBA


*****


February 2019



March 2019

March 22 - 30
MUSICAL: Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella presented by CenterStage Geelong in GPAC’s newly refurbished Playhouse. Details TBA

*****


April 2019



May 2019

May

MUSICAL: Strictly Ballroom - Geelong premiere  presented by Geelong LyricTheatre Society.  Venue, times, etc TBA.


June 2019