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Tuesday, July 16, 2024


LOCAL THEATRE: Shows, Auditions

• Geelong Repertory Theatre: Farragut North (by Beau Willimon) February 3 – 17 at the Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation St., Geelong West. Director: Jules Hart. Bookings: Geelong Arts Centre 1300 251 200 geelongartscentre.org.au • Windmill Theatre Company: Noises Off (Michael Frayne) February 7 – 11 at Bunjil Place Studio, Narre Warren. Director: Ben Dowthwaite. Bookings:

SHOWBIZ: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“What’s special about it?” asks my 12-year- old grandson, before committing to accepting a ticket to A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Melbourne’s glorious Botanical Gardens. Rather than try to explain that the play is about love as a complex metaphoric catalyst for conflict, chaos, and comedy, I merely smile and reply, “ Absolutely everything.” In

SHOWBIZ: Gasworks Art Park Season Launch

Hearts were gladdened to be going forward into a new year when graced with a gala night at the launch of Gasworks Arts Park 2024 season. It was aglow with excitement as glimpses were grabbed of the glamour, gaiety, glitz and gusto at this truly great indoor and outdoor venue. It’s a gift to Melbourne’s

SHOWBIZ: Jazz Men full of verve

Jazz Men, which had a very brief season at the Athenaeum Theatre, was full of verve and passion but ultimately disappointed due to some poor choreography unevenly executed by an ensemble of dancers of different skill levels. Promoted as a dynamic dance revue, the show consisted of a number of vignettes and set pieces of


Malevo, which had a short season at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, lived up to its claim to be an “electrifying dance spectacular” with the all-male troupe of Argentinian dancers, drummers and musicians receiving a standing ovation on opening night. Based on the malambo, an Argentinian folk dance traditionally performed by gauchos of the

SHOWBIZ: Grease The Musical

Grease the Musical fans of all ages can enjoy rocking with the gang from Rydell High at Her Majesty’s Theatre until March 14. This show is presented by John Frost for Crossroads Live Australia. 1950s dressed patrons enhance the atmosphere, ready to enjoy the show’s familiar tunes, rendered with gusto by Dave Skelton’s orchestra. Luke

SHOWBIZ: Very Naughty

A Very Naughty Christmas is advertised as a show that will ‘spice things up’; this show is definitely spicy, surprising, super fun. With a cast of eight, a live three person band, parody of well known songs plus stories that question the traditional, a vibrant , entertaining evening is ensured. Nothing is off limits. Performances

SHOWBIZ: Catch Me If You Can

PLOS Musical Productions’ shows are legendary for their strong and effective use of technology, but the production of Catch Me If You Can – The Musical at Frankston Arts Centre, excelled equally in all areas. Innovative, clever technology merged with a top cast of musical theatre performers, fabulous choreography (Mark Mackenzie and Michael Mitchell), sharp,

SHOWBIZ: Choir of Man

If you have not yet seen The Choir of Man at the Playbox, Arts Centre Melbourne, then don’t miss this joyful, inspirational theatre experience which closes on February 11. On arrival, audience members are invited to join cast members onstage in The Jungle pub for a chat and complimentary glass of beer. This conviviality is

SHOWBIZ: Black Sorrows at Upwey on Feb. 11

Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows have announced a run of shows in Victoria for February and March. They will play Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey on Sunsay, February 11. Joe Camilleri has been at the forefront of the Australian music scene for decades as the leader of Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons, and The

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