January – Feb 2019

PLOS Musical Productions – SHREK THE MUSICAL
Music by Jeanine Tesori    Book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Characters from the 2001 DreamWorks Animation movie
31 December 2018 – 9 January 2019  Frankston Arts Centre, Davey St.
plos.asn.au   Bookings: artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au  9784 1060

Wonthaggi Theatrical Group – SONG OF THE SEALS
By Dorothy Hewett   Directed by Sue Lindsay
A young orphan meets the selchies, half human half seal, who fight to save Mystery Bay from Marlin Prawn and his “One Big Deal”.
4 – 12 January  11am & 2pm Fri 4, Sat 5, Sunday 6, Thurs 10 & Fri 11 Jan
WTG Rooms, State Coal Mine Reserve, Garden St., Wonthaggi 
wtg.org.au

Holiday Actors – THE BOY FROM OZ
Original book by Nick Enright, revised by Mark Sherman
Songs by Peter Allen – and his life story
9 – 12 January  Lighthouse Theatre, 185 Timor St, Warrnambool
lighthousetheatre.com.au  5559 4999

Encore Theatre – FANTASTIC MR FOX
Based on Roald Dahl’s book, adapted by Sally Reid.  Directed by David Collins
10 – 19 January  Clayton Community Centre, 9-23 Cooke Street
encoretheatre.com.au  1300 739 099

Fab Nobs Theatre – LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
By Caroline Leavey   Music by David Youings
Directed by Colin Morley & Caroline Leavey
Summer musical with feisty, self-assured & independent Little Red
10 – 19 January The Fab Factory, 33 Industry Place, Bayswater
fabnobstheatre.com.au  0401 018 846

Windmill Theatre – THE NEXT NEXT BIG THING
Musical theatre variety show with some of Melbourne’s hottest new talent
18 – 20 January  8pm Friday, 2pm & 8pm Saturday, 11am & 3pm Sunday
Bunjil Place Studio, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren
www.bunjilplace.com.au/next-next-big-thing   9709 9700

Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited – SWITCH
VDL Summer School showcase, a trio of new works
19 & 20 January    2pm & 8pm Saturday  2pm Sunday
Yarragon Public Hall, 7 Campbell Street, Yarragon.  0408 366 481

Footlight Productions – LES MISÉRABLES
Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer
Story based on Victor Hugo’s masterpiece
18 January – 3 Feb. 7:30 18, 19, 23-26, 31/1, 1 & 2/2  1:30 27/1, 2 & 3/2
Playhouse Theatre, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Little Malop St.
footlightproductionsvic.com   Bookings: gpac.org.au  5225 1200

Peridot Theatre – BRILLIANT LIES
By David Williamson   Directed by Damian Jones
A serious comedy dealing with sexual harassment and political correctness
1 – 16 February  Unicorn Theatre, Mt Waverley Sec’y College, Lechte Rd,
peridot.com.au  9808 0770

Geelong Repertory Theatre Company – ANGELS IN AMERICA
By Tony Kushner  Directed by David Postill & Scott Bradley
Millennium Approaches is Part 1 of  an epic masterpiece
1 – 16 February 7:30  Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation St., Geelong West
geelongrep.com   Bookings: gpac.org.au  5225 1200

Williamstown Little Theatre – BODY AWARENESS
By Annie Baker  Directed by Kris Weber
A poignant and witty play about issues that isn’t an “issues play.”
6– 23 February  2-4 Albert Street, Williamstown
wlt.org.au  0447 340 665

Brighton Theatre Company – AFTER MISS JULIE
By Patrick Marber  Directed by Loretta Bishop
Based on Strindberg’s classic set in 1945 England, not 19th Century Sweden
15 February – 2 March  Bayside Cultural Centre, Carpenter St., Brighton
brightontheatreco.com  1300 752 126     * VDL Awards Entry *

Wonthaggi Theatrical Group – 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT – including book launch
15 – 17 February    Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, Graham Street
wtg.org.au

Heidelberg Theatre Company – LOST IN YONKERS
By Neil Simon  Directed by Gayle Poor
Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in 1942 Brooklyn
15 February – 2 March  36 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna 
htc.org.au
  9457 4117    * VDL Awards Entry *

Malvern Theatre Company – Mr BENNETT’S BRIDE
By Emma Wood  Directed by Susan Rundle
A comedy prequel to Pride and Prejudice
15 February – 2 March  29a Burke Rd, East Malvern
malverntheatre.com.au  1300 131 552

Mordialloc Theatre Company – GOOD PEOPLE
By David Lindsay-Abaire  Directed by Helen Ellis
an exploration of the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
15 February – 2 March  Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale
mordialloctheatre.com  9587 5141

Eltham Little Theatre – HOTEL SORRENTO
By Hannie Rayson   Directed by Kath Buckingham
Set in the early 1990s with three sisters, reunited after ten years
15 February – 2 March  Eltham Performing Arts Centre, Main Rd Research
elthamlittletheatre.org.au   9437 1574    * VDL Awards Entry *

The Basin Theatre Group – MURDER BY NATURAL CAUSES
Adapted by Tim Kelly from a 1979 American television film
Writers: Richard Levinson & William Link  Directed by Bob Bramble
A wildly clever and entertaining thriller
15 February – 9 March  Cnr Simpson & Doongalla Roads, The Basin
thebasintheatre.org.au  1300 784 668    * VDL Awards Entry *

Eighteen Twelve Theatre – BREAKING THE CODE
By Hugh Whitman  Directed by Malcolm Sussman
A maths genius devised the means of cracking the German Enigma code during World War II
21 February – 16 March  Lowe Auditorium, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully
1812theatre.com.au   9758 3964

PEP Productions – ALTAR BOYZ
Music & lyrics: Gary Adler & Michael Patrick Walker  Director: Melanie Xavier
Comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national ‘Raise the Praise’ tour
22 February – 2 March    Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd.
pepproductions.org.au  0418 549 187

CPAC (Cardinia Performing Arts Company) – STRICTLY BALLROOM
By Baz Luhrmann  (based on his movie)  Directed by Lee Geraghty
Using Luhrmann’s own experiences of Aussie ballroom dancing competitions
23 February – 8 March  8pm Sat 23 Feb, Friday 1, Sat 2, Thurs 7 & Fri 8 March
2pm Sundays 24 February & 3 March
Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Blvd, Pakenham
www.cardiniaperformingarts.com  0407 090 354

Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group (STAG) – OUTSIDE EDGE
By Richard Harris   Directed by Robert Harsley
Roger is having trouble getting a cricket team together for the afternoon’s fixture but this proves to be the least of anyone’s worries.
28 February – 9 March  Strathmore Community Hall, Loeman Street
stagtheatre.org  9382 6284     * VDL Awards Entry *

Ballarat Lyric Theatre – JEKYLL & HYDE
Songs: Frank Wildhorn & Leslie Bricusse  Director: Stephen Armati
Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson about the epic struggle between good and evil
28 Feb. – 10 March  Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, 1220 Howitt St.
ballaratlyrictheatre.com.au   Bookings: wcpa.com.au  5338 0980

 

 

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