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The Merry Widow -
7:30pm, 6 April
Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow tells the
hilarious story of desperate attempts by the
state of Pontevedro to prevent an enormously
wealthy widow, Hanna Glawari, from marrying
a foreigner -- an act that would mean financial
ruin for the tiny Duchy.
The Merry Widow is packed with well-loved
songs including Vilia, sung to great acclaim by
sopranos everywhere including our own June
Bronhill and Joan Sutherland, as well as
several of the most popular and romantic
waltzes ever written.
3 and 7pm, 13 April
Meet Ringo, homeowner and survivor. Displaced
from an African homeland and disconnected
from this new one, come spend some time with
him at his new address in a local park: a home
he has made himself from the things most of us
throw away without a second thought.
A powerful, critically acclaimed new
Australian play, Boxman is a one man show
written by Daniel Keene, directed by Matt
Scholten and starring extraordinary African
actor Terry Yeboah.
The Girls in Grey
7:30pm, 20 April
In a story developed and woven from
eyewitness accounts, The Girls In Grey brings
the voices of three Australian nurses who
served during World War One in a vivid and
candid retelling of life on active service.
Brought to the stage by some of Melbourne's
finest performers and acclaimed by historians
as deeply authentic and moving, The Girls In
Grey is a new Australian play that reaches
across the generations, uniting young and old
in a compelling fusion of contemporary theatre
8pm, 8 June
The realm of memory remains a great mystery.
Through the eyes of three generations,
Sundowner tells the story of so many Australian
families. If a loved one starts to lose their
memories, what role can we play in holding on
to them? And how can we care for them in the
present while honouring their memory?
Starring Helen Morse, and presented by the
renowned theatre company KAGE, Sundowner
combines theatre, dance and physicality in a
story of lament and at times, grief and sorrow.
Ultimately though, this is a story of love: love of
family, love of history and love of life.
Sundowner will be performed at the Wendouree
Centre of the Performing Arts.
6:30pm, 1 July and 11:30am, 2 July
She made wombats blue and kookaburras pink,
dingos smile and emus shrink, but the best
magic of all was the magic that made Baby
First published in 1983, Possum Magic was an
instant success with children and parents alike.
In 1990, the musical stage adaptation had its
world premiere and is now firmly established as
the most successful musical for children and
This is the Final Farewell Tour and it's bound to
be the highlight of children's theatre for the year.
Art by Yasmina Reza
8pm, 5 July
Friends. You love them but sometimes you just
can't understand them. Especially when they do
something completely unexpected ... something
that makes you wonder how they ever became
your friends in the first place.
A hit in the West End, Broadway and all around
the world, 'Art' is "a remarkably wise, witty
and intelligent comedy ... 'Art' has touched a
universal nerve." The Times
Debra Byrne's Ripe
2pm, 16 July
Debra Byrnes's reputation as an outstanding
vocalist has long been admired through her
roles in many hit musicals including Mary
Poppins, Cats, Les Misérables, Jerry's Girls and
Ripe is Debra's showcase of a diverse and
extensive career and her legendary live
performances. Join her in this superb show
celebrating the career of one of Australia's most
The Haunting of Daniel
2 and 8pm, 20 August
In the outer suburbs of an Australian city, our
greatest bush poet Daniel Gartrell sits and
rots. In a house covered with cockatoos and
dark secrets, the only person to enter his
self-imposed exile is his damaged daughter,
Sarah - until the arrival, late one night of Craig
Castevich, an aspiring young actor.
Darkly humourous and intensely gripping, The
Haunting of Daniel Gartrell follows a man's
descent into the dark corners of this country's
soul. Starring Samuel Johnson and Max Gillies,
it's a show not to be missed.
The 2013 theatre season features
some great local talent with the
return of BLOC and its production
of Cole Porter's Anything Goes; and
the ever-popular 42nd Street by the
University of Ballarat's Arts Academy.
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