After wowing audiences across Australia, dance and magical performance Celtic Illusion is set to showcase its internationally acclaimed dancers to the Sunshine Coast.

The show for all ages fuses awe-inspiring contemporary Irish dance with magic and grand Illusions and will perform on the Sunshine Coast for one night only.

With incredible new choreography, spellbinding magic, heart-racing music and a sensory experience like no other, audiences will be kept on the edge of their seats and left wanting more.

Showcasing a stellar cast of champion and internationally-acclaimed dancers, including performers from both Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, Celtic Illusion offers some of the fastest taps in the world as the dancers’ thunderous rhythm fills the stage in perfect unison.

The show is led by Australia’s very own Anthony Street, the first Australian to perform leading roles in Michael Flatley’s widely-acclaimed Lord of the Dance, including the very role that Michael Flatley originally performed himself.

Since its premiere in 2011, the show has performed to sell-out audiences across Australia and New Zealand.

Celtic Illusion’s acclaimed  soundtrack  has been composed by a team, including Angela Little who co-composed Baz Luhrman’s film Australia, as well as Steve Skinner who produced for artists such as Celine Dion, Steve Wonder and the Broadway musical Rent.

Now it is your chance to witness the magic that is Celtic Illusion.

Celtic Illusion will perform at council’s Venue 114 on April 6 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are $69.90 for adults, $64.90 for concessions, $59.90 for young people 16 years and under and family tickets are $250 for two adults and two children.

To book, visit www.venue114.com.au or call 5413 1400 (phone charges do apply).

Event parking is free and public transport is available nearby.

Venue 114, formerly known as Lake Kawana Community Centre, is located at 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina.

The First Lady of British Music Petula Clark returns to The Events Centre, Caloundra for her Australian Tour on Sunday 28 April at 2pm.

The legendary film and theatre music star and two-time Grammy Award winner will present a concert of sheer enjoyment for her audiences entitled “Once More With Love”. All of her timeless hits will be featured including, “Downtown”, “I Know A Place”, “Colour My World”, “A Sign Of The Times”, “I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love”, “Kiss Me Goodbye”, “The Other Man’s Grass”, “Don’t Sleep In The Subway”, “This Is My Song” (written for her by the great Charlie Chaplin) and many others. Having sold nearly 70-million records throughout her career spanning over 69 years, Petula Clark continues to reach for even more impressive levels of perfection.

Petula Clark started her professional career as an entertainer on BBC Radio, made her film debut in Maurice Elvey-directed comedy “Medal For The General” in 1944. Her film credits have since included “Vice Versa” with Anthony Newley (directed by Peter Ustinov), “The Card” with Alec Guinness, “Finian’s Rainbow” with Fred Astaire (a role that was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress), “Goodbye, Mr Chips” with Peter O’Toole, and many others. Her recording successes led to frequent appearances on American variety TV programs hosted by Ed Sullivan and Dean Martin. she was invited to host her own TV Special in the U.S. She is in constant demand with lead roles in major theatrical productions such as “Sound Of Music”, “Blood Brothers” and “Sunset Boulevard”. In 1998 she was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II by being made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.  

Enjoy this rare musical treat with the return of a true legend, Petula Clark, at The Events Centre, Caloundra on Sunday 28 April at 2pm.

Media Quotes:

“It is hard to imagine an octogenarian pop singer who is able to get over, without nostalgia, being part of a formula. But Clark comes very close to that here, her voice still possesses a remarkable clarity, and her command of her instrument is precise” Mark Deming – U.K Music Review Critic

This April, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is bringing audiences Cinderella (but not as they know it) in an exciting first production from new theatre collective MYTHS MADE HERE.

This thoroughly modern retelling of Cinderella,filled with glittering magic and awkward affection, invites audiences to experience a funny first date like no other in the Cremorne Theatre at QPAC from 26 April to 5 May 2019.

There’s midnight, there’s a shoe and there’s a beautiful transformation, but this Cinderellais not about princes and princesses. This Cinderella is about a single woman trying to go on a half-decent date, and a single guy who has an unreasonable fear of not being heard over loud music in bars.

Starring celebrated Queensland performers Amy Ingram (I Want To Know What Love Is, COSI) and Thomas Larkin (Death Of A Salesman, True West) and directed by Daniel Evans (I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You, Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore)the play follows Ashley, a single woman in her late 30s, as she flees from a blind date to find herself with Ash, a slightly reclusive fellow who has found her missing shoe.

Written by award-winning Australian playwright, actor and filmmaker Matthew Whittet (Girl Asleep, School Dance) with original concept by Anthea Williams for Belvoir Theatre in 2014, Cinderella is a funny and poignant romantic comedy for anyone that is or has been in the dating game, and is sick of swiping left.

For its Queensland premiere, this beautiful ode to love forged offline and in person is receiving the royal Brisbane treatment from a team of talented theatre-makers behind acclaimed productions including I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You and I Want To Know What Love Is (The Good Room, Brisbane Festival 2018, 2016), True West(Brisbane Powerhouse, 2016) and many more.

Cinderella is the first production from new company MYTHS MADE HERE, consisting of Annette BoxDaniel Evans, Tara HobbsAmy Ingram and Thomas Larkin – five Queensland-based collaborators whose experience spans theatres, festivals, film and education.

Director Daniel Evans and MYTHS MADE HERE Co-Director said like the original, this Cinderella is a story about how ugly people can be and how love can be found in the strangest places.

“Myths have been told for generations, the one about the prince with the missing shoe is one of the most universally known. Matthew Whittet and Anthea Williams have spun a beautiful fairy tale for adults about love, loss and fantastical transformation,” said Mr Evans. 


“The entire story takes place over one night – on an accidental blind date – as two nervous singles careen towards a looming midnight curfew. There’ll be laughs. There might be a few tears. And there will definitely be dancing. 

“MYTHS MADE HERE seeks to present good stories that say something about the world at large, about what it’s like to be right here, right now. This is a play for all die-hard romantics – single or spoken-for – who have ever found their love-life has left them feeling grimmer than Grimm.”

Chief Executive John Kotzas said QPAC is passionate about enabling storytelling with local creatives and artists.

Continually supporting local artists and creatives, hearing new voices and presenting new stories on our stages is a significant part of what we enable at QPAC,” said Mr Kotzas.

“Creative talent is overflowing in Queensland – it’s an exciting time for our audiences.”

With lighting design by Jason Glenwright (A Christmas Carol, Bukal, The Longest Minute), set and costumes by Chloe Greaves (Barbara and the Camp Dogs, Lucid)and composition and sound design by Dane Alexander (DeepBlue Orchestra, I Just Came To Say Goodbye, The Hamlet Apocalypse, A Doll’s House) audiences can expect a slick, quality presentation.

Don’t miss out on securing seats for this thought-provoking, reimagined take on Cinderella at QPAC 26 April to 5 May in the Cremorne Theatre. Suitable for ages 15 and over.

Harvest Rain CEO, Tim O’Connor, is delighted to announce that legend of the Australia stage
and screen, Simon Gallaher, will play the much-coveted role of The Wizard in THE WIZARD
OF OZ – ARENA SPECTACULAR touring Australia in 2019 – 2020.
Simon Gallaher is much-loved by audiences around Australia as a singer, pianist, concert
performer and one of our most successful theatre impresarios, having produced record
breaking sold out national tours of The Pirates of Penzance, The Merry Widow, The Mikado
& HMS Pinafore. This is not the first walk across the boards for Simon as the Wizard, as he
previously played Oz in WICKED when it toured Australia.
After an exhaustive nationwide search, newcomer Carly Bettinson will don the ruby red
shoes in the coveted role of Dorothy.
At 19 years of age, Carly is a recent graduate of the Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre
(BAMT). Growing up in Brisbane, Carly started out as an audience member attending
Harvest Rain shows, and that’s where her love of theatre first blossomed.
“I think it was always a dream in the back of my mind to be in the cast of a Harvest Rain
show one day”, says Carly. “So this really is a dream come true!”
This all-new arena production will be directed by Tim O’Connor and choreographed
by Callum Mansfield, with Music Direction by Dennett Hudson. The show features state of
the art technology, including a 9-metre tall LED Imax screen that will bring the land of Oz to
life in the arena, with wall-to-wall interactive animations by Optikal Bloc, the award winning
team whose work was recently seen in the national tour of AMERICAN IDIOT.
Says Director Tim O’Connor “Our vision for this production is quite different to the Oz we’ve
seen on stage before. The original 1939 film is one of my favourite movies of all time, but we
don’t just want to replicate the movie on stage. Playing in the arena gives us the chance to

full re-imagine the land of Oz, so our interpretation is a bit grungier and more moody, a little
less pantomime and little more steampunk. The technology we’re using to bring Oz to life for
this production is state-of-the-art and totally breathtaking. There’s 9-metre tall LED
screens wrapping around the entire set playing wall-to-wall animations throughout the
whole show so we really will feel transported into the fantastical land of Oz.”
Just like GREASE, this new arena production of THE WIZARD OF OZ will feature a large mass
ensemble of over 500 young performers who will play Munchkins, Poppies, Emerald City
Citizens, Winkies and Jitterbugs throughout the show.
Joining Carly & Simon on the journey down the Yellow Brick Road will be Chris Geoghegan in
the role of Scarecrow, Michael Nunn as the Tinman and Josh Whitten as the Lion.
Aurelie Roque will play Glinda the Good Witch, and Bil Heit will strike fear in the hearts of
children all over Oz when she plays the role of the Wicked Witch of the West. Rounding out
the principal cast will be Matty Johnston, Zane Powell, Joanna Nash, Bethany Wilson, and
Kamara Henricks alongside a large mass ensemble of over 500 young performers who will
play Munchkins, Poppies, Emerald City Citizens, Winkies and Jitterbugs throughout the
show.

THE WIZARD OF OZ – ARENA SPECTACULAR opens at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in
April 2019, before heading to Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 13th July 2019, Adelaide
Entertainment Centre in October 2019, Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney in January 2020 and
Canberra in April 2020. Dates for Melbourne and Perth are to be announced.

THE WIZARD OF OZ ARENA SPECTACULAR

Get in the mood with swinging sensation, Tom Burlinson, (Now We’re SwingingFrank – A Life in Song), jazz vocalist prodigy Emma Pask, (Some Other SpringCosita Divina and The Voice Australia season 2), talented musician Ed Wilson, (Daly Wilson Big Band) and the highly-acclaimed ‘All Star Big Band’, (Frank- The Sinatra Story In Song),inQueensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Concert Hall on Friday 8 February 2019.

For one night only, these leading jazz performers will bring back memories for the audience with timeless classics from artists such as Frank SinatraLouis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, capturing the dynamic sound and glamour of the 50s and 60s big band era.

With all musical arrangements by Ed Wilson, Swing That Music harks back to a time when men wore tuxedos and women sparkled, the band was an orchestra of incredibly talented musicians, and the timeless hits included It Don’t Mean A ThingIn the MoodMr Bojangles and Mack the Knife.

Australian star of the stage and screen, Tom Burlinson is renowned for his smooth style and astonishing performance skills. In 1998, he created and starred in a theatrical show in celebration of the music and career of Frank Sinatra, and has been credited as one of the world’s best Sinatra-inspired singers.

Emma Pask has been described by acclaimed Australian jazzman, James Morrison as the greatest gift to Australian jazz vocals in the last decade. With a unique and individual voice, Emma’s performances are reminiscent of the classic era of jazz. With numerous International and Australia wide performances, she has firmly established herself as one of this countries favourite voices in jazz.

Ed Wilson’s impressive music career commenced in the 50s playing trombone with several jazz and dance bands which toured across Australia and also were broadcast extensively. Ed formed a big jazz band with Warren Daly which played into the early 80s, then led his own band, before becoming musical director for showbands at hotels and casinos. A strong player with a direct uncluttered style, Wilson echoes the tradition of swing era players.

Celebrate the 2019 Lunar New Year with Australia’s leading chamber ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists, and an impressive lineup of guest soloists as they bid adieu (zàijiàn) to the Chinese Year of the Dog and usher in the Year of the Pig – a year which promises to be full of good fortune and luck.

Brilliant colour and sheer exuberance will feature in this jubilant concert of East meets West, with a vibrant mix of modern and age-old traditional folk songs. Southern Cross Soloists shares the stage with special guests: cello virtuoso Li-Wei Qin; piano soloist Kristian Chong; and international erhu superstar George Gao, one of the most exciting, innovative and respected erhu masters of our time.

From Chinese folk song and virtuosic artistry to Saint Saëns’ grand zoological fantasy and Stravinsky’s elusive Firebird Suite, a highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of a new work by Australia’s own Lyle Chan, inspired by the ancient folk story of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

GUEST ARTISTS

Li-Wei Qin – cello
George Gao – erhu
Kristian Chong – piano

PROGRAM

Saint Saëns Carnival of the Animals – selections
Bao Yuan Kai Happy Lantern Festival; Mountain Tune; Yangge Dance
Mao Yuan Happy Spring
Chen Yao-Xin Galloping Horses
Gao Mongolian Fantasy/Erhu of the Night
Paganini Moses Fantasy MS 23
Lyle Chan Carnival of the Chinese Animals World Premiere
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite – selections


Brisbane audiences are in for a Christmas treat this year with a brand new theatre production of Charles Dickens’ belovedA Christmas Carol coming to the Playhouse at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 7 to 16 December2018.

shake & stir theatre co, renowned for their innovative adaptations of popular fiction, is bringing the world premiere of this nostalgic Christmas story to Brisbane following recent page to stage co-productions with QPAC including George’s Marvellous Medicine and Dracula.

Directed by award-winning Michael Futcher and adapted for stage by co-Artistic Director for shake & stir theatre co Nelle Lee, audiences can expect a sumptuous and surprising reimagining of Dickens’ classic story of compassion, forgiveness and redemption.

The tale begins on a cold and gloomy Christmas Eve. Ebenezer Scrooge is spending his evening hunched over his coals, counting his fortune and cursing the happiness of others. After a ghostly night of unexpected visitors, each with an important lesson for Scrooge direct from the grave, Scrooge awakens on Christmas Day with a whole new outlook on life.

Acclaimed Brisbane actor Eugene Gilfedder will star as Scrooge alongside a stellar cast including Ross Balbuziente, Salliana Campbell, Arnijka Larcombe-Weate, Nelle Lee, Bryan Probets and Nick Skubij.

Hailed as one of Dickens’ most popular pieces of fiction, the book and its timeless reminder to honour the spirit of Christmas and remember those less fortunate are as relevant today as in 1843 when Dickens put pen to paper.

Ms Lee said she was delighted to be bringing such an iconic Christmas story to the stage this December.

“Throughout the world, theatre productions of A Christmas Carol are brought to life at Christmas time – we are excited to give Brisbane audiences the opportunity to enjoy this tradition at the Playhouse QPAC this December,” Ms Lee said.

“Audiences will enjoy the transformation of Scrooge from a greedy, selfish humbug to someone who truly understands and upholds the Christmas spirit.”

Featuring live musicians, yule-tide carolling, lavish costumes and of course, snow, A Christmas Carol will be a visual feast with set design by Josh McIntosh and video design by Craig Wilkinson. The production will also include a new atmospheric composition from composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Salliana Campbell (The Switch, Shotgun Shirleys).

QPAC is passionate about the success of Queensland artists and companies and has been working with shake & stir theatre co to develop new works for eight years. A Christmas Carol will mean yet another great new work is developed in Queensland with local artists and will attract new audiences to the theatre.

Book now to guarantee the best seats for this Christmas classic at QPAC. Suitable for ages eight and over.

-ENDS-

 

shake & stir theatre co and QPAC present

A Christmas Carol 

by Charles Dickens

adapted and created by shake & stir theatre co

 

7-16 December 2018

Playhouse, QPAC

World Premiere | Only in Brisbane

 

Adaptor | Nelle Lee

Director | Michael Futcher

Designer | Josh McIntosh

Composer | Salliana Campbell

Lighting Designer | Jason Glenwright

Video Designer | Craig Wilkinson

Sound Designer | Chris Perren

 

Hit Productions presents

HOTEL SORRENTO

By Hannie Rayson

 

Hit Productions returns to the Sunshine Coast with their new award winning comedy play Hotel Sorrento performing at The Events Centre, Caloundra on Thursday 20 September at 7.30pm.

 

Written by Hannie Rayson, this play is inspired by the AFI award winning Australian film and stars Joanne Booth as Pippa (Neighbours; House Husbands), Ruth Caro as Hilary (Home & Away; The Glass Menagerie), Dennis Coard as Wal (HIT’s Australia Day; Home & Away), Kim Denman as Meg (HIT’s All My Love; West Side Story), Saxon Gray as Troy (Twelfth Night), Dion Mills as Edwin (HIT’s All My Love; Eurydice), Jenny Seedsman as Marge (Inheritance; Patient 12), and Mike Smith as Dick (HIT’s The 39 Steps; Billy Elliot – The Musical).

 

The play boasts an exceptional creative team led by critically acclaimed director, Denny Lawrence who has directed several productions for HIT including All My Love, Glorious!, Shirley Valentine, Always… Patsy Cline, and Educating Rita. The playwright, Hannie Rayson, is a celebrated Australian playwright and has won awards for a number of her works. Hotel Sorrento alone has afforded her an AWGIE, a NSW Premier’s Literary Award and a Green Room Award for Best Play of 1990.

 

Producer, Christine Harris, is this year celebrating her 25th year as a significant Australian producer and is dedicated to delivering Australian works to Australian audiences. Hotel Sorrento is HIT Productions’ 100th tour!

The 2018 Eastern seaboard tour runs in three blocks across 16 weeks between April to October incorporating 34 capital city, metro, outer metro and regional venues. This tour is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. 

“HIT Productions first toured Hotel Sorrento in 1999. In twenty years of touring plays, this company has dedicated itself to producing the work of Australian playwrights. My plays have been seen by audiences across the country as a result.  Always in any work of art we are looking for questions that go to the heart of our humanity. HIT Productions have dedicated themselves with great skill and open-heartedness to this quest. They have been tireless in their commitment to sharing the stories of Australian lives and have enriched our national theatre culture immeasurably.” Hannie Rayson, 2018

 

QUEENSLANDERS CHRISTEN O’LEARY AND LEON CAIN TO JOIN STAR STUDDED LINE UP FOR BLOCKBUSTER BRISBANE SEASON.

 

Queenslanders Christen O’Leary and Leon Cain will join a stellar line up of talent announced for the triumphant stage adaption of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwestfor the strictly limited season at the Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 27 November to 9 December 2018.

Christen O’Leary, a multi-award winning musical theatre star most recognised for recent roles in A Twelfth NightScenes from a Marriage, and the popular seasons of Ladies in Black and End of the Rainbow among many more, as well as her television credits (Blue HeelersState Coroner), will play the role of Maggie and other female parts in this Hollywood classic Queensland stage premiere.

Leon Cain will showcase his talent in the role of Janitor and various other roles. Cain frequently treads the boards at QPAC, most recently in Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine with shake & stir theatre co. His career has earned him two Matilda Awards and will bring his diverse experience to the stage once more.

O’Leary and Cain join previously announced leads Matt Day (Roger O. Thornhill) and Amber McMahon (Eve Kendall) who reprise their roles from the Melbourne season of North by Northwest.

The stellar cast line-up announced today also included Abigail McKern (Mrs Thornhill), Robert Menzies (Professor), Tom Davey(Leonard), Nicholas Bell (Newsreader), Peter Houghton (Gruzinski), Ezra Bix (Budnikov) and Roddy Peters (Bell Boy).

Combining the magic of film and theatre, this incredible production of Hitchcock’s supreme comedy of suspense will be presented live on QPAC’s Lyric Theatre stage from 27 November 2018 for two weeks only.

Brisbane is only the second Australian city to experience this celebrated production following sell out seasons in Melbourne, the U.K. and Toronto.

Every twist, every thrill, every hairbreadth escape from Hitchcock’s original genius work is retained for this stunning new stage production by director Simon Phillips and adapted for the stage by Carolyn Burns; the creative team behindLadies in Black.

Don’t miss this lightning paced thriller that combines glamour with espionage for a truly irresistible cocktail. Playing in QPAC’s Lyric Theatre for a strictly limited season from 27 November, tickets are selling fast so you’d better run! To book go to qpac.com.au or phone 136 246.

-ENDS-

‘Brilliantly reimagined … A-grade entertainment’ –★★★★
Herald Sun

‘Strokes of theatrical genius … slick and thoroughly entertaining’- ★★★★
The Age

“Hitchcock’s glamourous thriller… Slick, wry and clever!” ★★★★★
Daily Mail UK

 

By special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.

Originally produced by Kay & McLean Productions in association with the Melbourne Theatre Company.

 

QPAC and Kay & McLean Productions present:

North by Northwest

 

WHEN:                                                                        27 November to 9 December 2018

WHERE:                                                                     Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Centre, South Bank, Brisbane

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