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2022 Southern Grampians Business Awards

Friday 9 September, 6:oopm 2022 Southern Grampians Shire Business Awards Celebrating achievements of local businesses in the Southern Grampians Shire Council.  Ticket price includes dinner, drinks and entertainment.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this event, reach out to Daniel Shaw - Business Development Officer: dshaw@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au 03 5573 0240   »»———————————————-«« This is a COVIDsafe accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country.    

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue Function Room

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Music, Classical

Hamilton Symphony Orchestra

Sunday 11 September, at 2:00pmHamilton Symphony Orchestra is back! Join us for an uplifting afternoon of orchestral favourites performed by local and regional soloists and the best of regional composers. This year tuba virtuoso Georgina Farrugia will perform Ken Stott's Limestone Suite, a new work created this season. We will also feature the works of Glenthompson-raised composer, David Cundy including the first performance of his vibrant Impennata for orchestra, and his beautiful setting of Wordsworth's poem, Daffodils. Excitingly, two opera singers will make their debut with HSO this year, soprano Leah Oswin from Port Fairy, and our very own lyric baritone, Craig Everingham. Other soloists include the talented Tim Hallam on violin and Geoff Kilminster on double bass, and Tamara Joukoff on cello. Also joining Hamilton Symphony Orchestra this year will be the prize-winning Chamber Singers from the Hamilton and Alexandra College.  Come and enjoy the music of Mozart, Verdi, Strauss, Sullivan, Tchaikovsky, Handel and many others performed by Hamilton Symphony Orchestra under the baton of esteemed local conductor, Angus Christie. This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. TicketsAdult $25Concession $20Under 18s $15

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy, Dining

Dirty Dicks Theatre Restaurant

WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 7PM Come along and enjoy this special 50th Anniversary show with ALL the 'Best Bits' of Dirty Dick’s. Dirty Dick’s is more than just a night out. Laugh-a-long, Sing-a-long and Clap-a-long AND enjoy a fantastic, fully themed night of Olde English merrymaking. From the moment you arrive, the fun starts. Join our wondrous wenches, lively lads and merry minstrels as they settle you into the spirit of the evening. Then sit back and be entertained by a host of historical (or should that be hysterical!) stage characters as they recount some of history’s more notable events. Whether you’re a 'first timer' or you’ve been before, there is always something new and different for you to enjoy. Come and (RE) discover Dirty Dick’s. Dress: Smart CasualShow finishes: 10.20pm Then stay and enjoy the PAC's facilities till closing timeDirty Dick’s is ideal for small or large groups, for the young and not so young, for special celebrations or just a great night out. Arrive: at 6.30pm for 7pm startTickets: $70ea which includes the brilliant stage showPLUSMeal: A magnificent 3 course dinner This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue Function Room

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Drama

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER, 8PM Plays and playwrights go in and out of fashion but some endure and speak to each subsequent generation.  Lawler’s much loved tale of Queensland cane cutters and Melbourne barmaids has endured, not through nostalgia, nor because it spawned a new age in Australian writing, but because the characters and their dilemmas are so true, so beautifully observed, so humorous and so poignant.  A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere, it was followed by a national tour and hugely successful season in London’s West End where it won an award for best new play.  For sixteen years two Queensland cane cutters have worked the punishing routine up north in the sugar cane fields for seven months of the year and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. This seventeenth summer everything is different.  One of the barmaids has ‘settled down’ and married a city bloke so a replacement date has had to be found.  This ‘off-season’ proves challenging for them all.  This production will be directed by the award-winning Denny Lawrence whose history with HIT includes many successful productions including Shirley Valentine, Always…Patsy Cline, Educating Rita, Glorious! Hotel Sorrento and most recently, My Brilliant Divorce. Denny will be supported by a highly-experienced creative team. Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. Tickets:Adult $47Seniors $45Concession $43Under 30 $40Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Toni Childs Retrospective Australian Tour

Thursday 22 September, 7:30pm Join the legendary Toni Childs for a special two-hour performance as she celebrates her life’s musical works. Toni will be performing hits and fan favourites from Union, House of Hope, the Woman’s Boat and Keep the Faith in the first hour of her show then the second hour will be an introduction to Toni’s new music, from two very special albums It’s All a Beautiful Noise and Citizens of the Planet. Emmy Winner and three-time Grammy nominated recording artist, Toni is a celebrated singer/songwriter known for her powerful voice, inspiring independent spirit and crafted storytelling. With fans in over 50 countries around the world, Toni has produced a list of international hits such as: Don’t Walk Away, Stop Your Fussin’, Walk and Talk Like Angels, Zimbabwe, Where’s the Ocean, Many Rivers to Cross, I’ve Got to Go Now and Because You’re Beautiful, to name a few. Over Toni’s illustrious career she has opened for Bob Dylan and performed duets with greats such as Al Green and Peter Gabriel. She has toured the world over gaining a much loved fan base. The coming years will see the wider release of two very special albums of music.  First, ‘It’s All A Beautiful Noise’ and the second ‘Citizens Of The Planet’.  Both releases are a part of two unique 3D Mapping animated shows – two hours of music, animation and high tech audience engagement.      Toni is offering an EXCLUSIVE PRE SHOW VIP MEET & GREET PACKAGE. This exciting opportunity includes one concert ticket of your choice, a digital copy of Toni Childs Greatest Hits two CD set plus a drink backstage before the concert with Toni, at a special ticket price of $175. There is an allocation of 15 per show and this unique once in a lifetime experience can be purchased at the box office. Tickets:Adult $69Senior $64Concession $64Secondary Student $64Group 10+ $64VIP $175   Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.    

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Bach to Broadway

TUESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER, 11AM La Scala, Milan, Covent Garden, New York…” The Classics from J.S. Bach thru to contemporary Broadway hits. This new production will highlight some of the classic opera songs from all the great European Opera Houses and wind its way thru to contemporary Broadway hits from the “City That Never Sleeps” - New York. Plus, you will hear about the fascinating story behind some of the worlds most loved songs and their composers. Starring in this new production will be star tenor Roy Best and international soprano Alison Jones, beautifully backed on the grand piano by rising virtuoso William Schmidt, who will perform two stunning Bach pieces. All this will be narrated and compered by Christopher McKenna who will provide the usual laughs along the way. Some of the highlights – ‘Oh My Beloved Father’, ‘Mon Cur’, ‘Granada’, ‘O Sole Mio’ right thru to Broadway Classics, ‘If I Loved you’, ‘Time to say Goodbye’ and many more along with a specially arranged musical tribute to Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. Morning tea included from 10.30am.   Tickets:Adult $30Seniors $27Concession $25Child $20

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy, Music

David Scheel in Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player

SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER, 11AM A runaway success in London’s West End, at successive Edinburgh Festivals, at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and right across the USA, this is a hilarious send-up of classical music, which has established Australian pianist, David Scheel, as the successor to the legendary Victor Borge. Beautiful music, and musical fun performed in so many accents/voices that David has also been compared to the late Robin Williams, and Peter Ustinov. Hear a familiar tune played in the styles of the old masters + an i-Pod; two famous pieces played simultaneously, one with the right hand, one with the left, plus his “translation” of the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda, already a comedy classic. Access & Inclusion: This is an accessible, inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. Tickets:Adult $30Senior $27Concession $25Under 18 $20Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Mayor for a Day

SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER, 7.30PM at BALMORAL MECHANICS HALL The popularly unelected Damian Callinan is slipping on the mayoral robes for 24 hours to run his comedic eyes over Balmoral. After the one man, public service campaigner has taken in all he can, he’ll rock up to the hall armed only with a projector and a microphone, to report his findings to a local populace keen to find out why that bloke was dressed as a ghost in the Bottom Pub. Combining photos, observations, municipal advice, colourful yarns and his uncanny eye for seeing things that the locals don’t, Callinan will have the town thinking he’s been residing there for a year rather than a day. Segments including his infamous Slide Show, Local Mastermind, Historical Re-enactments & One Minute Public Meeting will have the audiences wondering if they can have him stay on as Mayor in an official capacity.  Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. Tickets:Admit $45

Location Balmoral Mechanics Hall

subvenue Balmoral Mechanics Hall

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Mayor for a Day

TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER, 7.30PM at STERLING PLACE DUNKELD COMMUNITY CENTRE The popularly unelected Damian Callinan is slipping on the mayoral robes for 24 hours to run his comedic eyes over Dunkeld. After the one man, public service campaigner has taken in all he can, he’ll rock up to the hall armed only with a projector and a microphone, to report his findings to a local populace keen to find out why that bloke was dressed as a ghost in the Bottom Pub. Combining photos, observations, municipal advice, colourful yarns and his uncanny eye for seeing things that the locals don’t, Callinan will have the town thinking he’s been residing there for a year rather than a day. Segments including his infamous Slide Show, Local Mastermind, Historical Re-enactments & One Minute Public Meeting will have the audiences wondering if they can have him stay on as Mayor in an official capacity.  Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. Tickets:Admit $45

Location Sterling Place, Dunkeld Community Centre

subvenue Sterling Place

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Participation Award

FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM A musical comedy that asks the question - why does school suck so much?! Is it the compulsory sporting events? The one size fits all grading methods? Maintaining your precarious position in a volatile social food chain? Or is it just the arbitrary bullying? Using comedy, music, dancing (of the boy band variety), Perl takes her audience on an incredible journey through primary school life as an outcast. It’s not a new story, by any means, but the Melbourne comic makes the tale so hilariously personal that it becomes completely original. Delivered with her signature high-energy, high-awkward, vulnerable-when-no-one-asked-her-to-be musical story-telling, Jude explores confrontation through the ages (her ages). As it turns out, confrontation isn’t so hard if you just close your eyes, and imagine you are in a calmer, distant place… then all you have to do is move to that place, change your name and hair colour, and that way the person you are confronting has no way of ever finding you. Jude Perl is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter and comedian based in Melbourne. In her hometown, she has created a name for herself by writing and performing hilarious, yet brutally honest, stream-of-consciousness style lyrics, set to undeniably catchy and well-crafted songs. Her last show I Have A Face has won multiple awards, toured all over Australia to sold out audiences and has been widely praised for its unique voice and honesty. This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “One of the most genuine, honest feeling performers going around" - Theatre People "Jude, you made me laugh, cry and then do that weird laugh-cry thing where you aren’t exactly sure what emotions you’re feeling but snot and tears are dribbling down your face and yet you’re still laughing.“ - AU Review Tickets:Adult $37Senior $35Concession $33U30 $30Secondary Student $20Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy, Family

Anh Do - The Happiest Refugee Live!!

WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER - 8:00PM **BY POPULAR DEMAND ANH RETURNS WITH HIS SMASH HIT SHOW** ANH DO - THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE LIVE!! Anh Do’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.” Anh’s stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story. When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing... happiness. “Irrepressible good humour, infectious energy and bright optimism”…The Sydney Morning Herald “The happiest audience experience I have ever had”…Arts Hub “Two thumbs, five stars, show of the season” www.themusic.com.au Supported by Joel Ozborn TicketsAdult $69.90Concession $64.90Group 10+ $64.90 Access & Inclusion: This is an accessible, inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.  

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Marina Prior & David Hobson - The 2 Of Us

THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER, 8PM After 4 years of selling out 170 + shows around the country and over 80,000 tickets, 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.  Brand new songs, back-stage and life stories, and including the classics from their vast repertoire spanning 35 years in a 2 hour spectacular show. Accompanied by renowned pianist David Cameron, in a two-hour intimate 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, to name but a few, as well as favourites from their award-winning albums. ‘It’s been beyond our wildest dreams to travel this beautiful country of ours being supported by Australians in our own backyard” says Marina & David.  “We’ve met so many wonderful people and made new friends along the way and we privileged to be able to do this and do not, for once take it for granted’, says Marina & David. 'It’s great that we have the opportunity to take the show to the people, in areas around the country, that we may not have otherwise been able to get to with some of the bigger productions we perform in’ says Marina.  ‘With the Up Close & Personal show, it’s like you’re in our living room and we’re in yours, singing both your and our favourite songs with a few funny career stories thrown in’, says David. David Hobson is one of Australia’s best-known operatic tenors, musical theatre performers and recording artists.  He has sung and performed many roles for Opera Australia, performed lead roles in musical theatre, sung for the Queen, featured at the AFL Grand Final, Carols by Candlelight, Spicks and Specks, Dancing with the Stars, It Takes Two and has been a presenter on Foxtel’s Arts Channel, Studio. Marina Prior is regarded as Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre.  She is best known for her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, to name just two.   She has also performed with international stars including Richard Harris and Jose Carreras.  Well known for her Carols by Candlelight performance each year, she was recently seen on the ABC TV series The Divorce.  In 2006, Marina was honoured with an induction into Australia’s 100 Entertainers of the Century. Hear the classics, their recorded favourites with a hint of humour thrown in!  Definitely a show not to be missed! This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. Sneak Peek of Marina & David Tickets:Adult $69.95Concession $64.95Groups 6 or more $64.95Under 17 $34.95

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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2022 Southern Grampians Business Awards

Friday 9 September, 6:oopm 2022 Southern Grampians Shire Business Awards Celebrating achievements of local businesses in the Southern Grampians Shire Council.  Ticket price includes dinner, drinks and entertainment.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this event, reach out to Daniel Shaw - Business Development Officer: dshaw@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au 03 5573 0240   »»———————————————-«« This is a COVIDsafe accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country.    

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue Function Room

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Music, Classical

Hamilton Symphony Orchestra

Sunday 11 September, at 2:00pmHamilton Symphony Orchestra is back! Join us for an uplifting afternoon of orchestral favourites performed by local and regional soloists and the best of regional composers. This year tuba virtuoso Georgina Farrugia will perform Ken Stott's Limestone Suite, a new work created this season. We will also feature the works of Glenthompson-raised composer, David Cundy including the first performance of his vibrant Impennata for orchestra, and his beautiful setting of Wordsworth's poem, Daffodils. Excitingly, two opera singers will make their debut with HSO this year, soprano Leah Oswin from Port Fairy, and our very own lyric baritone, Craig Everingham. Other soloists include the talented Tim Hallam on violin and Geoff Kilminster on double bass, and Tamara Joukoff on cello. Also joining Hamilton Symphony Orchestra this year will be the prize-winning Chamber Singers from the Hamilton and Alexandra College.  Come and enjoy the music of Mozart, Verdi, Strauss, Sullivan, Tchaikovsky, Handel and many others performed by Hamilton Symphony Orchestra under the baton of esteemed local conductor, Angus Christie. This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. TicketsAdult $25Concession $20Under 18s $15

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy, Dining

Dirty Dicks Theatre Restaurant

WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 7PM Come along and enjoy this special 50th Anniversary show with ALL the 'Best Bits' of Dirty Dick’s. Dirty Dick’s is more than just a night out. Laugh-a-long, Sing-a-long and Clap-a-long AND enjoy a fantastic, fully themed night of Olde English merrymaking. From the moment you arrive, the fun starts. Join our wondrous wenches, lively lads and merry minstrels as they settle you into the spirit of the evening. Then sit back and be entertained by a host of historical (or should that be hysterical!) stage characters as they recount some of history’s more notable events. Whether you’re a 'first timer' or you’ve been before, there is always something new and different for you to enjoy. Come and (RE) discover Dirty Dick’s. Dress: Smart CasualShow finishes: 10.20pm Then stay and enjoy the PAC's facilities till closing timeDirty Dick’s is ideal for small or large groups, for the young and not so young, for special celebrations or just a great night out. Arrive: at 6.30pm for 7pm startTickets: $70ea which includes the brilliant stage showPLUSMeal: A magnificent 3 course dinner This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue Function Room

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Drama

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER, 8PM Plays and playwrights go in and out of fashion but some endure and speak to each subsequent generation.  Lawler’s much loved tale of Queensland cane cutters and Melbourne barmaids has endured, not through nostalgia, nor because it spawned a new age in Australian writing, but because the characters and their dilemmas are so true, so beautifully observed, so humorous and so poignant.  A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere, it was followed by a national tour and hugely successful season in London’s West End where it won an award for best new play.  For sixteen years two Queensland cane cutters have worked the punishing routine up north in the sugar cane fields for seven months of the year and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. This seventeenth summer everything is different.  One of the barmaids has ‘settled down’ and married a city bloke so a replacement date has had to be found.  This ‘off-season’ proves challenging for them all.  This production will be directed by the award-winning Denny Lawrence whose history with HIT includes many successful productions including Shirley Valentine, Always…Patsy Cline, Educating Rita, Glorious! Hotel Sorrento and most recently, My Brilliant Divorce. Denny will be supported by a highly-experienced creative team. Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. Tickets:Adult $47Seniors $45Concession $43Under 30 $40Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Toni Childs Retrospective Australian Tour

Thursday 22 September, 7:30pm Join the legendary Toni Childs for a special two-hour performance as she celebrates her life’s musical works. Toni will be performing hits and fan favourites from Union, House of Hope, the Woman’s Boat and Keep the Faith in the first hour of her show then the second hour will be an introduction to Toni’s new music, from two very special albums It’s All a Beautiful Noise and Citizens of the Planet. Emmy Winner and three-time Grammy nominated recording artist, Toni is a celebrated singer/songwriter known for her powerful voice, inspiring independent spirit and crafted storytelling. With fans in over 50 countries around the world, Toni has produced a list of international hits such as: Don’t Walk Away, Stop Your Fussin’, Walk and Talk Like Angels, Zimbabwe, Where’s the Ocean, Many Rivers to Cross, I’ve Got to Go Now and Because You’re Beautiful, to name a few. Over Toni’s illustrious career she has opened for Bob Dylan and performed duets with greats such as Al Green and Peter Gabriel. She has toured the world over gaining a much loved fan base. The coming years will see the wider release of two very special albums of music.  First, ‘It’s All A Beautiful Noise’ and the second ‘Citizens Of The Planet’.  Both releases are a part of two unique 3D Mapping animated shows – two hours of music, animation and high tech audience engagement.      Toni is offering an EXCLUSIVE PRE SHOW VIP MEET & GREET PACKAGE. This exciting opportunity includes one concert ticket of your choice, a digital copy of Toni Childs Greatest Hits two CD set plus a drink backstage before the concert with Toni, at a special ticket price of $175. There is an allocation of 15 per show and this unique once in a lifetime experience can be purchased at the box office. Tickets:Adult $69Senior $64Concession $64Secondary Student $64Group 10+ $64VIP $175   Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.    

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Bach to Broadway

TUESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER, 11AM La Scala, Milan, Covent Garden, New York…” The Classics from J.S. Bach thru to contemporary Broadway hits. This new production will highlight some of the classic opera songs from all the great European Opera Houses and wind its way thru to contemporary Broadway hits from the “City That Never Sleeps” - New York. Plus, you will hear about the fascinating story behind some of the worlds most loved songs and their composers. Starring in this new production will be star tenor Roy Best and international soprano Alison Jones, beautifully backed on the grand piano by rising virtuoso William Schmidt, who will perform two stunning Bach pieces. All this will be narrated and compered by Christopher McKenna who will provide the usual laughs along the way. Some of the highlights – ‘Oh My Beloved Father’, ‘Mon Cur’, ‘Granada’, ‘O Sole Mio’ right thru to Broadway Classics, ‘If I Loved you’, ‘Time to say Goodbye’ and many more along with a specially arranged musical tribute to Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. Morning tea included from 10.30am.   Tickets:Adult $30Seniors $27Concession $25Child $20

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy, Music

David Scheel in Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player

SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER, 11AM A runaway success in London’s West End, at successive Edinburgh Festivals, at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and right across the USA, this is a hilarious send-up of classical music, which has established Australian pianist, David Scheel, as the successor to the legendary Victor Borge. Beautiful music, and musical fun performed in so many accents/voices that David has also been compared to the late Robin Williams, and Peter Ustinov. Hear a familiar tune played in the styles of the old masters + an i-Pod; two famous pieces played simultaneously, one with the right hand, one with the left, plus his “translation” of the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda, already a comedy classic. Access & Inclusion: This is an accessible, inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. Tickets:Adult $30Senior $27Concession $25Under 18 $20Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Drama

Mayor for a Day

SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER, 7.30PM at BALMORAL MECHANICS HALL The popularly unelected Damian Callinan is slipping on the mayoral robes for 24 hours to run his comedic eyes over Balmoral. After the one man, public service campaigner has taken in all he can, he’ll rock up to the hall armed only with a projector and a microphone, to report his findings to a local populace keen to find out why that bloke was dressed as a ghost in the Bottom Pub. Combining photos, observations, municipal advice, colourful yarns and his uncanny eye for seeing things that the locals don’t, Callinan will have the town thinking he’s been residing there for a year rather than a day. Segments including his infamous Slide Show, Local Mastermind, Historical Re-enactments & One Minute Public Meeting will have the audiences wondering if they can have him stay on as Mayor in an official capacity.  Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. Tickets:Admit $45

Location Balmoral Mechanics Hall

subvenue Balmoral Mechanics Hall

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Mayor for a Day

TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER, 7.30PM at STERLING PLACE DUNKELD COMMUNITY CENTRE The popularly unelected Damian Callinan is slipping on the mayoral robes for 24 hours to run his comedic eyes over Dunkeld. After the one man, public service campaigner has taken in all he can, he’ll rock up to the hall armed only with a projector and a microphone, to report his findings to a local populace keen to find out why that bloke was dressed as a ghost in the Bottom Pub. Combining photos, observations, municipal advice, colourful yarns and his uncanny eye for seeing things that the locals don’t, Callinan will have the town thinking he’s been residing there for a year rather than a day. Segments including his infamous Slide Show, Local Mastermind, Historical Re-enactments & One Minute Public Meeting will have the audiences wondering if they can have him stay on as Mayor in an official capacity.  Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. Tickets:Admit $45

Location Sterling Place, Dunkeld Community Centre

subvenue Sterling Place

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Participation Award

FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM A musical comedy that asks the question - why does school suck so much?! Is it the compulsory sporting events? The one size fits all grading methods? Maintaining your precarious position in a volatile social food chain? Or is it just the arbitrary bullying? Using comedy, music, dancing (of the boy band variety), Perl takes her audience on an incredible journey through primary school life as an outcast. It’s not a new story, by any means, but the Melbourne comic makes the tale so hilariously personal that it becomes completely original. Delivered with her signature high-energy, high-awkward, vulnerable-when-no-one-asked-her-to-be musical story-telling, Jude explores confrontation through the ages (her ages). As it turns out, confrontation isn’t so hard if you just close your eyes, and imagine you are in a calmer, distant place… then all you have to do is move to that place, change your name and hair colour, and that way the person you are confronting has no way of ever finding you. Jude Perl is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter and comedian based in Melbourne. In her hometown, she has created a name for herself by writing and performing hilarious, yet brutally honest, stream-of-consciousness style lyrics, set to undeniably catchy and well-crafted songs. Her last show I Have A Face has won multiple awards, toured all over Australia to sold out audiences and has been widely praised for its unique voice and honesty. This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “One of the most genuine, honest feeling performers going around" - Theatre People "Jude, you made me laugh, cry and then do that weird laugh-cry thing where you aren’t exactly sure what emotions you’re feeling but snot and tears are dribbling down your face and yet you’re still laughing.“ - AU Review Tickets:Adult $37Senior $35Concession $33U30 $30Secondary Student $20Friends - 10% off full ticket price

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy, Family

Anh Do - The Happiest Refugee Live!!

WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER - 8:00PM **BY POPULAR DEMAND ANH RETURNS WITH HIS SMASH HIT SHOW** ANH DO - THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE LIVE!! Anh Do’s bestselling book The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.” Anh’s stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story. When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing... happiness. “Irrepressible good humour, infectious energy and bright optimism”…The Sydney Morning Herald “The happiest audience experience I have ever had”…Arts Hub “Two thumbs, five stars, show of the season” www.themusic.com.au Supported by Joel Ozborn TicketsAdult $69.90Concession $64.90Group 10+ $64.90 Access & Inclusion: This is an accessible, inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.  

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Marina Prior & David Hobson - The 2 Of Us

THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER, 8PM After 4 years of selling out 170 + shows around the country and over 80,000 tickets, 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.  Brand new songs, back-stage and life stories, and including the classics from their vast repertoire spanning 35 years in a 2 hour spectacular show. Accompanied by renowned pianist David Cameron, in a two-hour intimate 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, to name but a few, as well as favourites from their award-winning albums. ‘It’s been beyond our wildest dreams to travel this beautiful country of ours being supported by Australians in our own backyard” says Marina & David.  “We’ve met so many wonderful people and made new friends along the way and we privileged to be able to do this and do not, for once take it for granted’, says Marina & David. 'It’s great that we have the opportunity to take the show to the people, in areas around the country, that we may not have otherwise been able to get to with some of the bigger productions we perform in’ says Marina.  ‘With the Up Close & Personal show, it’s like you’re in our living room and we’re in yours, singing both your and our favourite songs with a few funny career stories thrown in’, says David. David Hobson is one of Australia’s best-known operatic tenors, musical theatre performers and recording artists.  He has sung and performed many roles for Opera Australia, performed lead roles in musical theatre, sung for the Queen, featured at the AFL Grand Final, Carols by Candlelight, Spicks and Specks, Dancing with the Stars, It Takes Two and has been a presenter on Foxtel’s Arts Channel, Studio. Marina Prior is regarded as Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre.  She is best known for her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, to name just two.   She has also performed with international stars including Richard Harris and Jose Carreras.  Well known for her Carols by Candlelight performance each year, she was recently seen on the ABC TV series The Divorce.  In 2006, Marina was honoured with an induction into Australia’s 100 Entertainers of the Century. Hear the classics, their recorded favourites with a hint of humour thrown in!  Definitely a show not to be missed! This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event for all abilities and demographics. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. Sneak Peek of Marina & David Tickets:Adult $69.95Concession $64.95Groups 6 or more $64.95Under 17 $34.95

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium