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Music Fine

An Evening with the MSO

Saturday 12 June, 7:00pmPianist Konstantin Shamray, trumpeter Owen Morris and conductor Fabian Russell bring Russian mastery to West Gippsland Arts Centre with the towering talents of Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.Premiering in 1933 with the composer himself at the piano, Shostakovich’s first piano concerto is intentionally technically astounding – so he could showcase his own significant talents in performance! Included in this program is Prokofiev’s compact masterpiece, his Classical Symphony, reminiscent of Haydn.The concert also features Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat, penned for the 30th wedding anniversary of a prominent American couple whose house was named Dumbarton Oaks, and Elena Kats-Chernin’s brisk and playful Dance of the Paper Umbrellas.Melbourne Symphony OrchestraFabian Russell - conductorKonstantin Shamray - pianoOwen Morris - trumpetProgram:Stravinsky - Concerto in E-flat Dumbarton OaksShostakovich - Piano Concerto No.1Elena Kats-Chernin - Dance of the Paper UmbrellasProkofiev - Symphony No. 1 ClassicalRunning time: 1 hour, no intervalMembers: $42Full: $50Concession: $46Youth U/18: $42

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

CADD & MORRIS

Thursday 4th March 2021, 7:30pmAustralian music icons, Brian Cadd and Russell Morris, have been friends for over forty years and have been touring together from time to time over the past decades and are back to perform a limited number of shows.Together, Brian and Russell deliver a dynamic show of not only their hits like Brian Cadd's Little Ray of Sunshine, Ginger Man and Don’t You Know its Magic, and Russell Morris hits Real Thing, Sweet Sweet Love and Wings of an Eagle, but also a selection of '70s rock classics that will have you singing along with them. They may arrive on stage as 60-year-old mates, but they turn themselves, and their audience, back into 20-year-old rockers!Their show is a relentless sequence of hit songs, laughter and mockery. Never scared to take a jab at each other on or off the stage, they now know each other affectionately as “The Turtle without a Shell” and “The Cheshire Cat”. You figure out which is which!Brian Cadd said, “It is rare and enjoyable to spend ninety minutes on the stage every night with someone who has travelled the same musical road and number of years as I have. It makes the musical highlights, the songs and the silliness all that much more fun. Come and see what we mean!”Don’t miss these two legends of Australian Music at West Gippsland Arts Centre!All Tickets: $65.20

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

Elvis If I Can Dream

Saturday 20 March 8:00pm Direct From a Sold Out International Tour and endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises & Graceland USA, Mark Anthony is Elvis - If I Can Dream.     Come and celebrate the magical hits of The King of Rock'n'Roll in a sensational 2 hour concert spectacular. All of Elvis' No 1 hits will be performed in the original style that made Elvis the greatest performer that ever lived. With over 600 million record sales worldwide and 3 Grammay Awards, Elvis Presley will always be known as The King of Rock'n'Roll and internationally renowned artist Mark Anthony, who has been regarded as the very best Elvis Presley tribute artist in the world, will transport you to that very time when Elvis Presley ruled the world and dominated the record charts in the '50s, '60s & '70s. Mark's stage presence, incredible vocal ability and authentic costuming, is backed by his amazing and energetic band. Together they bring the Elvis experience to a whole new level. Come and experience what it would have been like to see Elvis Presley Live In Concert. It’s fun for me to watch Mark perform, because he reminds me so much, of my old friend Elvis Presley... Mark’s show pays tribute to Elvis for all the right reasons, and brings back memories of when we were there on stage with the man himself! Keep up the great work Mark... – Joe Moscheo of The Imperials. The Imperials toured with Elvis from 1969 till 1972 and recorded two Gospel albums with him. Full $69.90,Concession: $64.90Members/Group 10+: $59.90Youth U/18: $49.90

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Comedy Stand Up

Jimeoin - Ramble On

Saturday 24 April 8:00pm A Stalwart of Australian comedy and all round likeable rogue, comedian Jimeoin, in his new stand up show Ramble On!, happily imparts his clever and quirky observations on everyday suburban life with his trademark devil-may-care style. 'Recalls the familiar at fantastically silly level, boiling his audience down to a tear-filled, gibbering mess' - (Scotland on Sunday). 'Hilarious... If laughter's the best medicine, Jimeoin is a course of steroids... Don't miss it!' - (Edinburgh Evening News). Full: $59.90,Members/Concession/Youth U/18: $54.90

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Daylight Entertainment

Keith Potger AO

Friday 4 June, 11:00amAs a founding member of the internationally famous The Seekers, Keith Potger is known to countless fans and this is obvious in the welcome given to him by audiences around the world. Keith’s concert contains some old favourites from The Seekers, a touch of Nashville, some beautiful original ballads. Throughout his show, Keith shares some amusing anecdotes from over 50 years on the international music scene.Full: $25,Concession: $22,Members/Group 10+: $20

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

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Music Blues/Jazz/Swing

Leaving Jackson

Saturday 3 July, 7:30pm All the hits in this unforgettable music concert dedicated to the music, love and lives of Johnny Cash and June Carter. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. A love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written. Now JEFF CARTER together with BROOKE McMULLEN bring to life a captivating and unforgettable musical concert. This 2 hour live concert event “LEAVING JACKSON” The Johnny Cash & June Carter show will have you singing, laughing and crying for more. Duration 2 hours and 20 minutes with interval. Full: $59,Concession/Group 10+/Members: $55,Youth U18: $25

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

Lior in Concert

Wednesday 9 June, 7:30pm - Black Box / Theatre TwoThis is a chance to hear the acclaimed singer songwriter Lior in a manner harking back to archetypal ‘salon’ concerts; where both audience and performer share an evening enjoying the connection that only proximity can offer.Lior burst on to the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album - Autumn Flow. Recorded and released entirely independently, and spearheaded by This Old Love and subsequent singles Daniel and Autumn Flow, the album became one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian history.A swag of accolades followed, amongst them three Aria nominations (including Best Male Artist), as well as Triple J’s prestigious ‘J Award’ nomination for Album of the Year. Subsequent releases Corner of an Endless Road, (2008) and Tumbling into the Dawn (2010) were also a huge success, debuting at #2 on the Australian Albums chart and topping the Independent charts for several weeks, as well as earning the gifted songwriter a further three Aria nominations.Lior is known for his dynamic and moving performances, and has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s finest live performers. He is part of a rare breed of artists that has achieved a great degree of success and critical acclaim, whilst maintaining an independence and individuality in their craft.Don’t miss the chance to see him in this one-off intimate solo show.Full: $30Member: $23Concession: $27Youth U/18: $23

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Daylight Entertainment, Music Theatre

Marina Prior & David Hobson

Sunday 22 August, 2:00pm After 3 back to back years of selling out 100 + shows around the country, Soprano and Tenor powerhouse legends of Musical Theatre and Opera, Marina Prior & David Hobson embark on their Encore Tour, ‘The 2 Of Us’ in up close and personal mode for 2020. Brand new songs, back-stage and life stories, including the classics from their vast repertoire spanning 35 years. Accompanied by pianist David Cameron, in a 2hr performance, Marina and David will perform their classics from productions such as The Phantom of The Opera, Cats, Evita, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and La Boheme, as well as favourites from their award-winning albums.Full: $69.95Concession: $64.95Members/Group 10+: $62.95Youth U/18 & Students: $34.95

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Drama

Mental As Everything

Thursday 29 April, 8:00pm - Black Box / Theatre TwoCreated by Damon Smith and Adam CoadMental As Everything is an original new stage concept by Melbourne based writer, musician and performer, Damon Smith. His personal, day to day experiences with a diagnosis of both OCD and bipolar disorder have helped Damon develop a transparency regarding his dealings with these two, widely misguided disorders and as a writer/entertainer, creating a show that blends comedy and music alongside an honest and thought-provoking, researched narrative. As a creator, Damon invites you to pull up a seat next to him at the bar. There’s a sense of intimacy, a hint of sass, and with MAE, there’s more than a hint of the real man behind his work. Damon’s performances are peppered with moments of improvisation and with a wry and thought-provoking stage manner, he can turn the tone to comedic absurdity in the blink of an eye. Just like the mania and depression that he experiences in his personal life with bipolar disorder, the mood of the show changes rapidly, which help to make Mental As Everything a truly unique experience, allowing it to work on many, audience engaging levels. In this two-man show, Damon and his musical cohort, Adam Coad, will take the audience on a brilliantly unique and often awkward journey inside their own heads with hilarious onstage buffoonery and songs pertaining to Mental Illness. Mental As Everything, features both original music and a few existing songs, written by well-known artists that have experienced mental illness.60 minutes no intermission. Ages 15+Members: $25Full: $30Concession: $27

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Music Fine

Opera Australia

Thursday 10 June, 7:30pmSung in French with English surtitles. Performed with a live chamber orchestra. Directed by Matthew BarclayCarmen is the femme fatale you can’t forget. In Bizet’s famous opera, she sings her sensual Habanera and lures Don José into her world. He gives up everything to follow her. But Carmen’s wandering eye has already found a new lover: the dashing bullfighter Escamillo.Don José’s jealousy is fierce. Escamillo’s passion is strong. In a gripping finale, Carmen must face her fate.Experience the thrilling Spanish colour and rhythms of Bizet’s vibrant score with Opera Australia’s singers, live chamber orchestra and a children’s chorus drawn from the local community.This new production includes gorgeous sets and vintage-inspired costumes. You can hear classics such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song just as Bizet meant them — loud, live and completely unamplified.2 hours and 35 minutes including interval.Members: $42Full: $50Concession: $46

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School, Family/Children

Pete the Sheep

Tuesday 22 June, 10:00am & 12:30pmAdapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge & Tim McGarry.Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.Adapted by Monkey Baa in 2014 from the picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, with foot-tapping music and lyrics by Phil Scott and comedic direction by Jonathan Biggins, Pete the Sheep is a lively and mischievous award-winning musical for young audiences and their adults. Shaun isn’t like the other Shearers in Shaggy Gully… he’d rather be styling than shearing and instead of ‘sheep-dog’, he has a ‘sheep-sheep’ named Pete. After being rejected by the shearers and their dogs, Shaun and Pete set up their own Shearing Salon in town and before long word is out and they are inundated with woolly clients and maybe a Ringer or two! This hilarious show, imaginatively told by four performers playing shearers, dogs and sheep explores the challenges and rewards of being an individual and will be a lasting tribute to honoring your own spirit and strength, whilst working with the flock.50 minutes no intermission, Ages 4-9 yearsMembers: $20Full: $27Youth U/18: $15Family of Four: $65Group 10+: $15Concession: $25

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Family/Children

Peter Rabbit

Tuesday 13 April, 11:00am & 2:00pm - Black Box / Theatre TwoWednesday 14 April, 11:00am & 2:00pmThursday 15 April, 2:00pm & 7:00pmFriday 16 April, 11:00amAdapted from the stories by Beatrix Potter.Peter Rabbit doesn’t think life as a rabbit is all it’s cracked up to be in this spirited children’s musical. His mother is always making him do chores, and Peter’s had just about all he can take of his goody two-shoes twin sisters.After being picked on for the last time, Peter decides to run away from home and find a better place to live - somewhere he can be in charge, do whatever he wants, and be free of responsibility. But as Peter struggles to live with other animals, from feisty squirrels to sewing mice, he begins to realise his life at home might not have been so bad after all.60 minutes no interval, Ages 2-11 yearsFull: $15Youth U/15: $10Children under 2 years old: FreeGeneral Admission

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

Rockin Through The Ages

Saturday 9 October 2021 7:30pm When the doors open you'll enter the theatre to original music clips and TV commercials from the '50s, '60s & '70s before the band hits the stage and kicks the first song off with the Bill Haley classic ‘Rock Around The Clock’. In an instant you'll be dancing in your seat and watching the original video clips on the big screen.   This high energy show encourages you to join in and sing along with some of the greatest number one hits of all times from Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones and also great bands like Daddy Cool, The Monkees, Dr Hook and many more.   The show is performed and delivered by three seasoned professionals and cheeky entertainers in Greg (Bankxy) Bankx, David (Sprouty) Cail & Steve Cummins and is backed by the Rock'n through the Ages Band. Rock’n through the Ages is a totally fun and nostalgic show that guarantees to please. Full $59.90,Concession/Group 10+: $55Youth U/18: $45

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School, Drama

Romeo and Juliet

Sunday 14 March, 7:00pmEssential Theatre has never been more proud to present a summer of entertainment with Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.After a year of uncertainty and challenges, let’s now celebrate together with one of the greatest love stories of all times.The CompanyThis performance of “Romeo and Juliet” will be Essential Theatre’s 19th tour of Shakespeare in the Vines. Over the years the company has grown from strength to strength becoming one of Australia’s most exciting and formidable independent companies. Experience has taught them how to juggle inclement and unpredictable weather, noisy cockatoos, stray dogs and most importantly how to celebrate the brilliant words of William Shakespeare.The company are commended each year on their professional and intelligent approach to the classics.“A night spent in the company of these players is a wonderful experience.”“A fabulous performance. Watching the sun set and sipping wine - it was the perfect summer's evening, thank you”Shakespeare in the Vines is a successful, much loved event that has become a staple in many calendars across our country.The Tale “For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo”Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is a love story for the ages. The Capulet and Montague households have been embroiled in a bloody fight for as long as anyone in Verona, Italy can remember. The death toll is mounting, and it seems that the best thing anyone can do is keep the two sides as far from each other as possible. But when young Romeo Montague crashes the Capulet ball, he falls head-over-heels in love with young Juliet Capulet – and she falls just as in love with him. What ensues is one of the most romantic and devastating love stories in the theatrical canon.You are invited to sit back, breathe in the fresh air and swoon with us as we celebrate life and love post 2020!Members: $23Full: $30Concession: $27Youth U/18 or Student: $23Child U/12: $10Group 10+: $25

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Daylight Entertainment

Salute to the ANZACs

Friday 26 March, 11:00amMore Great Songs of The War Years…. will again contain many hit songs, stories, and indeed laughter that came from WW1, WW2, and The Vietnam War all in front of a backdrop of incredible images on the big screen. With a stunning Cast led By Narrator CHRIS McKENNA, Star Tenor ROY BEST, Musical Theatre Star JAZ FLOWERS, International Soprano ALISON JONES, Opera Australia’s CAROLINE VERCORE, this production will be one of the highlights of the year…and of course performed around ANZAC Day 2021.. There are many great singers who performed during the Wars that are highlighted in this wonderful production. Dame Vera Lynn, The Andrew Sisters, Bob Dylan, Normie Rowe and many more. Songs include, White Cliffs of Dover, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Blowin In The Wind, and a stirring version of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables. This production is dedicated to those brave men and women who gave their lives in service of our country.Members/Group 10+: $20Full: $25Concession: $22

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Daylight Entertainment

Some Enchanted Evening

Friday 30 April, 11:00amThe Songs of Roders and Hammerstein We have all heard their songs and we have all enjoyed their musicals. They were known as America’s most successful musical theatre writing team and their partnership has been called the greatest of the 20th Century. Join us for a very special event paying tribute to the timeless music from the legendary Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Featuring your favourite tunes from Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and many more, Some Enchanted Evening is truly an enchanted concert of exquisite songs from the golden age of musicals. In an intimate setting amongst the stars, come on a whimsical journey through song and dance, and be captivated by the beautiful music of You’ll Never Walk Alone, Younger Than Springtime, I Have Dreamed, Climb Every Mountain, and Oh What a Beautiful Morning. With beautiful costumes, extraordinary dancing and a song list that also includes music from their partnerships with Jerome Kern and Lorenz Hart, Some Enchanted Evening is a magical, uplifting experience that is not to be missed. Written, Directed and Produced by Margaret Fisk Choreography by Jeremy Hinman Design by Christina Logan Bell Lighting Design by Brooke Van EerdenMembers/Group 10+: $20Full: $25Concession: $22

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School, Family/Children

The 91 Storey Treehouse

Thursday 18 March, 6:00pmFriday 19 March, 10:00am & 12:00 noonA play by Richard Tulloch. Adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry DentonAndy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Stories! It’s now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, and a giant spider! But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge yet! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don’t want to just sit quietly. Can Andy, Terry and Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge? What does mysterious fortune teller Madam Know-It-All really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world? The team behind the 13-, 26-, 52- and 78-Storey Treehouses Live on Stage return with a fantastical trip through this wild, weird and wonderful world for children 6-12 and their adults. Just beware of the Fortune Teller...60 minutes, no intermissionMembers: $20Full: $27Youth U18: $15Family of Four: $65Group 10+: $15Concession: $25

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

The Australian Bee Gees Show

Sunday 29 August 2021 8:00pm Fresh from celebrating 10 years and over 3000 shows headlining on the Las Vegas strip, the Australian Bee Gees Show will be heading Down Under for the Australian leg of their 25th anniversary tour! This new show will be presented in two parts and feature all of the hits in a nostalgic trip down memory lane in a multimedia concert event. The Australian Bee Gees Show is currently performing at The Excalibur Hotel and Casino and has been in residence for the past 9 years and have just signed a new 5-year contract that will keep the ABGShow headlining in Las Vegas until 2024. The group has racked up over 3000 performances on the Las Vegas Strip and was recently voted Best Tribute Show in Las Vegas by the prestigious Las Vegas Review Journal and has made the top 10 in the ‘Overall Best Show’ category, an amazing achievement in Las Vegas. The Australian Bee Gees show was also the first Australian band to perform 1000 shows headlining on the Famous Las Vegas Strip and with 3000 shows already under their belt in Vegas alone they are looking forward to continued success in Sin City. After 25 years on the world stage and over 8,000 performances in over 60 countries, The Australian Bee Gees Show has evolved to become the definitive live celebration of the wonderful music written by the Brothers Gibb. From their first shows in 1996, The Australian Bee Gees Show has conquered Las Vegas and has played to capacity houses around the world, cementing their reputation as an exceptional live concert act and the world's leading Bee Gees Show. For one night only be a part of the magic that is, The Australian Bee Gees Show. www.abgshow.com www.facebook.com/TheAustralianBeeGees Full Price: $57.50 Concession: $52.50

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School, Family/Children

The Gruffalo's Child

Thursday 11 March, 6:00pmFriday 12 March, 10:00am & 12:00 noonAdapted from the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan Children's BooksThe Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood… If you loved The Gruffalo, don't miss the sequel, which returns following previous sell-out Australian tours – now in a new West End production! Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in this magical musical adaptation of the much-loved picture book. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he? The team behind The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The 13-, 26-, 52-, 78- & 91-Storey Treehouses return with The Gruffalo’s Child, bringing together physical theatre, music and puppetry to deliver songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up, and their adults...55 minutes, no intermissionMembers: $20Full: $27Youth U/18: $15Family of Four: $65Group 10+: $15Concession: $25

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Comedy Drama

The Merger

Thursday 13 May, 8:00pm - Black Box / Theatre TwoPresented by Hey Boss. Created by Damian CallinanAward-winning comedian Damian Callinan’s hit one-man show The Merger comes full circle and returns to the stage following the hugely successful 2018 feature film adaptation - starring Callinan himself.The Merger tells the tale of the Bodgy Creek Football Club and coach Troy Carrington, whose battling team seems destined to either fold or merge with their arch rivals. Callinan effortlessly fluctuates between characters crossing age, gender and ethnicity as Coach Carrington’s mission unfolds: to recruit asylum seekers and save his team, unwittingly taking the community on a journey of change.“Turning The Merger into a film has been the highlight of my career, but I still love performing the solo version,” says Callinan. “Since the adaptation I’ve had people shaking their heads in wonderment about how that story could possibly be told by one man on a near empty stage. I look forward to them nodding and saying, ‘oh, that’s how - with sock puppets!’ ”75 minutes, no interval.Warnings: Mild course language, adult themes, mild nudity. Ages 14+Members: $23Full: $30Concession: $27Youth U/18

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

The Traveling Wilburys Sessions

Saturday 6 March, 8:00pmThe Traveling Wilburys was a supergroup.Any band in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are the ‘unknowns’ would have to be very special. George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison are giants of popular music who completed this magical lineup. They are adored by all generations of music lovers.Now their songs have been re-imagined for Australian concert audiences. Music director Sam See has assembled a knockout band featuring James Black, Lindsay Field , Glyn Mason, Angus Burchall and Paul Cartwright. Together they create an unforgettable experience featuring sensational vocals, knockout harmonies and gargantuan guitar work as they pay tribute to the Wilburys and its superstar members.It doesn’t get much better.Some of Australia’s favourite musicians have come together to reimagine the Traveling Wilburys’ great hits and breathe new life into some of the individual artists' favourite songs.James Black, keyboardist, guitarist and music director of The RocKwiz Orkestra has played with rock royalty Mondo Rock and The Black Sorrows. Lindsay Field sings with John Farnham and has performed with Jimmy Barnes, Glenn Shorrock, Olivia Newton-John and Renee Geyer. Sam See, music director, guitarist and a founding member of Sherbet, has played with and been music director for John Farnham, Brian Cadd and Steve Vizard’s Tonight Live. Glyn Mason has sung and played with Brian Cadd, Chain, Ariel and Copperwine. Lindsay, Sam and Glyn are well known on Melbourne’s acoustic rock scene as Field, See & Mason. Angus Burchall drums with John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John. Paul Cartwright on bass has played with Glenn Shorrock, David Bridie and Wendy Matthews.120 minutes, 20 minute interval.Members: $62.50Full: $69Concession: $65.50

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School, Family/Children

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Thursday 13 May, 10:00am & 12:30pmPresented by West Gippsland Arts Centre and CDP KidsOne of the most iconic children’s stories of all time, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold over 45 million copies and now emerges from the page in a joyous and masterful theatrical experience, created by Jonathan Rockefeller.Brought to life with a menagerie of 75 loveable puppets, this critically- acclaimed production faithfully adapts four of Carle’s stories, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.,br>A delight for those just discovering Carle’s stories, and for the generations who grew up with his iconic books, this enchanting Australian-made show transports audiences into a pop-up-like version of Carle’s world that will excite, educate and entertain the whole family.Eric Carle said of the show, “I hope the performances will be enjoyed by many and that the colourful characters bring comfort and joy to all who see the stories… it is uplifting to see such beautiful and cheerful works inspired by my characters! I hope my books - and this show - will inspire you and your imagination.”50 minutes no interval, Ages 4-9 yearsMembers: $20Full: $27Youth U/18: $15Family of Four: $65Group 10+: $15Concession: $25

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

WANNABE

Tuesday 17 August 2021, 7:30pm Stop right now! Thank you very much. It's time to Spice Up Your Life like it's 1996. Relive the '90s through the hits of the Spice Girls on this Spice World journey; all you have to do is Say You'll Be There. Swing it, shake it, move it, make it down and if you think it's all a bit Too Much, then really – Who Do You Think You Are?! So, if you Wannabe my lover, you’ve got to go and see this show! “A Vibrant Showstopper!” **** Theatre Weekly Experience Ginger, Scary, Sporty, Baby and Posh together on stage for a night where you can Zig-A-Zig-Ahhhh. Bring your moves, bring your outfits and bring your GIRL POWER! After opening in 2017 to rave reviews, WANNABE has toured the UK, Europe & headlined the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Having played to over 100,000 Spice Girls fans, WANNABE is now the longest running Spice Girls stage show in the World. Inspired by the Spice Girls career, the show features classic costumes, unique vocal & musical arrangements, iconic dance routines and spectacular visual flair. Expect your favourite hits including Wannabe, Stop, Say You’ll Be There, Who Do You Think You Are, Viva Forever, Too Much, Goodbye, Holler, 2 Become 1, Mama, Spice Up Your Life and some thrilling fan-favourite moments exclusive to the show. “Any true fan will jump from their seat" - **** Theatre Weekly In 1996 Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham, became the Spice Girls we know and love today, launching their debut single ‘Wannabe’ which went on to top the charts in 31 countries around the world. The group are now officially the biggest and best-selling girl band of all time, adored and revered all over the world. They have sold 85 million records worldwide and their Girl Power attitude inspired a generation. "Definitely a favourite nineties guilty pleasure everyone should enjoy ***** Raring2Go All Tickets: $55

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Music Theatre, Family/Children

Wicked

Friday 21 May, 7:30pmSaturday 22 May, 1:30pm & 7:30pmSunday 23 May, 1:30pmThursday 27 May, 7:30pmFriday 28 May, 7:30pmSaturday 29 May, 1:30pm & 7:30pmPresented by Warragul Theatre CompanyMusic and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Book by Winnie HolzmanWicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflincing desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphab's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz willl ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.Full: $48Members/Concession/Group10+: $43Youth U18: $33

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Music Theatre

World of Musicals

Wednesday 7 July 7:30pm World of Musicals brings the very best of musical theatre to life. This incredible production will return to Australia in 2020 with a brand new production and the wonderful revue of all your favorite musical theatre hits including such classics as; The Lion King, Fiddler On The Roof, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Cats, Evita, Wicked, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Greatest Showman, Jersey Boys, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Miss Saigon, The Boy from Oz, Hairspray, Les Misérables and The Blues Brothers. World of Musicals features colourful, inspiring and memorable musical classics, all performed by an international star-studded cast, presenting the audience with entertainment at the highest level. Whether a soloist - duet or the entire ensemble, the performers of this musical event will inspire in this musical whirlwind. Direct from their USA tour, this select cast of highly talented and accomplished performers have featured in worldwide smash hits including; Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, West side Story, Titanic, Les Miserables, Wizard of OZ, Mary Poppins, Me and My Girl, Evita, The King of Narnia, Rent and Avenue “Q”. "ALL THE HITS IN ONE SHOW" - that is the motto of this musical gala, full of highlights; the emotional and varied journey into World of Musicals will delight the audience. World of Musicals is a show for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your favorite and much-loved musicals in one unforgettable evening. World of Musicals simply not to be missed. Book Now! “The cast is supremely talented and an absolute joy to watch” Broadway World “Emotional ballads, stunning solos and rousing ensemble performances" Main Echo Full: $79.90, Members/Concession/Group 10+: $74.90, Youth U/16: $59.90

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Music Pop/Rock/Contemporary

Zevon. Accidentally Like A Martyr

Sunday 25 April 2021, 7:00pm From heretic to heroic – Zevon – Accidentally Like A Martyr starring Henry Wagons is a marriage of rare convenience. Warren Zevon is the songwriter’s songwriter. Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen have covered his songs. Linda Ronstadt had massive hits with Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me and Carmelita. Jackson Browne was his producer. He called David Letterman his greatest champion. His visible hits Werewolves Of London and Lawyers, Guns & Money and Excitable Boy barely scratched the surface of the lyric genius found on his albums. A turbulent, erratic relationship with loved ones, supporters and the music industry in general, fuelled by alcohol and drugs extravagance, no doubt contributed to him becoming a cult figure rather than a major star. His songs captured the dark, colourful eccentricities and extremes of Los Angeles, his life and early death. His great passion was literature and the crime writers of the day and he was their favourite songwriter. Zevon – Accidentally Like A Martyr allows master craftsman of the stage and multi-media star, Henry Wagons, the opportunity to explore and interpret some of rock’s greatest lyrics. Lachlan Bryan also lends his talents and serves as Musical Director for the show. All Tickets: $55

Location West Gippsland Arts Centre

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