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Musical Theatre

The Sunshine Club

SATURDAY 9 MARCH, 8PM

HIT Productions & HPAC present The Sunshine Club

Written & Directed by Wesley Enoch / Music by John Rodgers

Let the sun shine through with this beautiful story.

Set in 1946, the joyful and acclaimed musical The Sunshine Club, tells the story of Aboriginal soldier Frank Doyle, who is just returning home to Brisbane after serving in WW2, to find that, while the world may have changed, the same attitudes and prejudices still exist at home. But this only fills Frank with a strong desire to change things for the better by setting up The Sunshine Club. 

A place where all people are welcome to come together, laugh, romance and dance the night away as Frank sets out to win the heart of Rose, the girl from next door. 

The Sunshine Club is a gloriously energetic, thought provoking and above all entertaining night of theatre.

This project is supported by the Australian Government, Creative Australia and Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $45
Concession $40
Senior $40
Student $30
12 & Under $30
Group of 4+ $35 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children

Sesame Street - Elmo's Circus Dream

THURSDAY 21 MARCH, 10.30AM & 1PM

Elmo's Circus Dream is a must-see show of laughter, acrobatics, and imagination! Join Elmo and friends for an unforgettable circus adventure. Don't miss the magic! 

Step right up and join the fun with 'Elmo's Circus Dream'! This thrilling show takes you on an enchanting journey with Elmo and his friends as they discover their hidden talents and dreams at the circus. Get ready to be entertained by amazing acts, catchy songs, and heart-warming moments that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. 

It all begins with Elmo's captivating bedtime story about the circus. As Elmo falls asleep, he is magically transported to a colourful world, where he is warmly greeted by his friends Abby, Cookie Monster, Grover, Bert, and Ernie. The show bursts into high energy as the talented cast sings and dances to the iconic Sesame Street theme song, but with a twist -they are embarking on an exciting adventure to the circus! With their vibrant costumes and catchy tunes, they express their deep desire to join the circus and become part of its magical experience. From hilarious clowning and daring stunt attempts to mesmerising dog acts and captivating dance routines, the stage comes alive with their boundless energy, skill, and infectious enthusiasm.

But the excitement doesn't stop there! Brace yourself as internationally renowned circus performers take the stage, showcasing their extraordinary talents. Prepare to be spellbound by their impressive acrobatic displays, jaw dropping juggling acts, and mind-bending illusions that will leave you wondering in awe at their incredible feats. 

'Elmo's Circus Dream' is more than just a show – it's an immersive experience that ignites the imaginations of children, encourages self-expression, and teaches valuable life lessons in a fun and engaging way. Join Elmo and his Sesame Street friends as they transport you to a world where dreams truly come to life, where laughter and amazement await at every turn. Get ready to be dazzled as the magic of the circus unfolds before your eyes, leaving you with unforgettable memories and a renewed belief in the power of dreams.

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Warning: Smoke and haze effects

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

VIP package includes: a front row seat, free gift, meet & greet and photo opportunity with Elmo on the stage after the show.

Tickets:
VIP $69.95 (limited tickets per show)
Admit (over 18mths) $34.95

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children

Wilbur The Optical Whale

SATURDAY 23 MARCH, 11AM 

IndelibilityArts & HPAC present Wilbur The Optical Whale  

Come on an oceanic adventure and take a deep-sea sensory dive to meet Wilbur and his cheeky friends!  

Set in an exquisitely crafted underwater world full of stunning circus tricks, digital and visual imagery, music, and interactive play, “Wilbur the Optical Whale” is an immersive, interactive accessible performance for children aged 3+. 

All of indelabilityarts’ shows feature integrated Auslan and headphones are available so audience members can engage on their own terms. The set includes a quiet space as part of relaxed performance mode catering to those who may require it. 

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets:
Adult $25
Concession $20 
Student $20
12 & Under $15

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children

The Mik Maks - Songs To Help Us Grow

FRIDAY 5 APRIL, 11AM

The Mik Maks & HPAC present Songs to Help us Grow

The Mik Maks are thrilled to be once again touring a Live Show!! Fresh from releasing their brand-new album ‘Songs to Help us Grow,’ this family band can’t wait to share some new songs with their little fans. Ava, Joel, Al and Drums the Panda are ready to rock with you. You never know where a new Mik Mak show will take you! But we can guarantee 45 minutes of giggling, singing and jiggling in the Mini Mak Mosh pit. This show is perfect for children aged 2-8 years of age. However, there’s something for both the young and young at heart at a Mik Mak live show. 

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets:
Adult $25
Student $15
12mths & Over $13
Group of 4+ $15.50 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Country, Music

Emma Donovan

THURSDAY 11 APRIL, 7.30PM 

Christine Harris & HPAC present Emma Donovan

This concert showcases the talent and the new work of celebrated, ARIA-nominated, award-winning Indigenous singer and songwriter Emma Donovan. This concert with Emma and her band will include her trademark soul/country songs and new music recorded in Gumbaynggirr and Noongar languages.  

Emma proudly is one of the First Nations artists, spearheading efforts to put traditional languages on the music map. She will also share stories, providing her audiences with an understanding of Country and community. 

‘I am very proud to introduce new words and share languages with audiences and fans. It’s so important to preserve this part of our history, family and country. For me to write my solo album, I needed to go back into my own family musical archives to rediscover the country music I was raised on and that I performed. 

My solo work will be richly influenced by my family and memories of touring with The Donovans performing country and gospel music. My family’s musical history is known but not yet world renowned. This project will shine a light on Indigenous music culture, sharing stories and preserving language in song. I want to share my story with Australia and the world, and I want audiences to hear my songs and languages to enhance their knowledge of our expansive history of this country.’ Emma Donovan  

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets: 
Adult $50
Senior $45 
Concession $45
Student $25
12 & Under $25
Group of 6+ $35

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Theatre

Dispatches From The Frontline

MONDAY 15 APRIL, 11AM

HPAC Presents Dispatches from the Frontline

Sister Nan Reay's diary unfolds in WW1 frontline reading.

Dispatches from the Frontline is a performed reading by Geraldine Cook-Dafner of excerpts from the diary of a Victorian nurse, Sister Nan Reay.

Sister Reay was born in Coleraine, trained at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and served for four grueling years behind the frontlines of the battlefields of WW1.

These “dispatches” celebrate this nurse’s duty, personal resilience, courage and tenacity; traits that resonate in these current troubled times of war.

We also encourage schools to bring their students along to this performance. School booking enquiries can be made to HPAC Box Office - 5573 0429 or via email: Schools Booking Enquiry

Or to book your school students now in please follow this link to the booking form -

Book your school in here

Can't make the Hamilton show? Then why not go to the Coleraine performance on Saturday 13 April at the Coleraine RSL, 7pm. Tickets can be purchased from the Coleraine RSL. Pre-booked tickets - $25. Limited tickets will be available at the door - $30. Your ticket will include a light supper.

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Hamilton performance: join us for a cuppa and biscuit from 10.30am. Included in the ticket price.

Tickets:
All Hamilton Tickets $20
Schools $10

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Contemporary

Dear Diary

THURSDAY 16 MAY, 7.30PM 

Merrigong Theatre Company & HPAC present Dear Diary 

The perfect musical experience for teens and parents! 

Phenomenal South Coast Singer Songwriter, Kay Proudlove, brings her formidable talent and infectious personality to the stage in Dear Diary, directed by Leland Kean (Lost Boys, As Luck Would Have It). Dear Diary takes us on a journey through Kay’s teenage diaries through a collection of intimate and vulnerable stories and songs. 

Dear Diary is a hilarious, nostalgic and sometimes painful revisiting of our teenage years, delving into the pressures and expectations of growing up. 

This performance is an intimate PACked Stage Gig at the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre. Sit at a table on the stage and enjoy being up close to Kay as she takes us through her teenage years.

Notes:

This is not a BYO event. The café / bar will be open for refreshments. 

Want to book a table? Just contact the box office and we’ll reserve one for you – minimum booking of 6 persons.

This project is supported by Creative Victoria, Arts on Tour and NSW Government.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets:
Adult $45
Senior $40
Concession $40
Student $30
Groups of 6+ $35 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue PACked Stage Gig

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Music

Ella Hooper

TUESDAY 21 MAY, 7.30PM 

HIT Productions & HPAC present Ella Hooper 

Teen prodigy to ARIA success. 

Ella Hooper was still a teenager when she burst onto the Australian music scene. Unearthed by Triple J when she was just 13, Ella scored her first number one with the single ‘Mascara’ on her 17th birthday. And at 18, she became the first woman to be awarded APRA’s Songwriter of the Year. 

After releasing three hit albums with Killing Heidi, Ella embarked on a solo career. Her forthcoming album, Small Town Temple – written in her hometown of Violet Town – has been hailed as a new beginning, showcasing Ella’s deeply personal song writing. After a multitude of gold and platinum records and four ARIA Awards, Ella remains committed to her craft. As she sings on Small Town Temple: “Still strong, still on a mission.” 

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets:
Adult $54.90
Senior $49.90
Concession $49.90
Student $34.90
12 & Under $34.90
Groups of 6+ $44.90 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Country

Creedence Clearwater Collective

THURSDAY 30 MAY, 7.30PM

We invite you to join us for a night of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty, as we celebrate the music of one of the world’s most iconic bands – from the songs they wrote, to the songs covered, to the songs they wrote for others.

From their album debut in 1968 to their last album in 1972, CCR was a juggernaut of phenomenal proportions.

No other band has created such an impact in such a short time.

The Creedence Clearwater Collective brings to the stage a band that captures the unique CCR sound.

You do not want to hear through the grapevine that you missed out on this fun, hit-packed live concert.

Join us, a real-life travelling band.

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Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $69
Senior $64
Concession $64
Group 6+ $59 each
Student $49

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy, Cabaret

Tash York's Happy Hour

SATURDAY 1 JUNE, 7.30PM 

Big Hair Productions & HPAC present Tash York’s Happy Hour 

A raucous and rowdy-filled Happy Hour with incredible music, Yakult shots and outrageously funny cabaret. 

Tash York and the Red Red Wines invite you to their world where life is celebrated one glass at a time. Join us for an over 18’s night of laughter and a raucous and rowdy-filled happy hour with incredible music, Goon of Fortune and outrageously funny cabaret. 

Think Meow Meow meets Bianca Del Rio on a budget! 

This performance is an intimate PACked Stage Gig at the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre. Sit at a table on the stage and enjoy being up close to the hilarious Tash.

Notes:

This is not a BYO event. The café / bar will be open for refreshments. 

Want to book a table? Just contact the box office and we’ll reserve one for you – minimum booking of 6 persons.

This project is supported by Regional Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

*This is an OVER 18’s event
Tickets:
Adult $49.90
Senior $44.90
Concession $44.90
Groups of 6+ $39.90 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue PACked Stage Gig

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Comedy

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE, 7.30PM

MICF & HPAC present Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Australia's premier comedy roadshow is coming your way!

Australia's biggest and best comedy spectacular is setting off on its 26th annual road trip around the country! Showcasing the finest talents from the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we're delivering a dose of laughter right to your doorstep!

Featuring a line-up of beloved comedy royalty alongside the freshest sensations from the Festival, all in one hilarious show that guarantees nationwide laughs.

Gather your pals, secure your tickets, and get ready for a well-deserved blast of comedy when the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow graces the stage in your neighbourhood.

Check back closer to the event for a list of comedians that will be coming to Hamilton.

REVIEWS⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘we were laughing from the moment the lights went down, to well into the drive home.’ Scenestr
‘Wiping tears away and wheezing from the sheer joy.’ Australian Stage

Warnings:

Performances often contain coarse language, adult themes, sexual references and material that may offend. The show is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.  

Smoke Machine/Hazer may be used during this performance.

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $49.90
Senior $44.90
Concession $44.90
Student $39.90
Groups of 6+ $39.90 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children

Grug

TUESDAY 2 JULY, 11AM & 2PM

Windmill Theatre Company & HPAC present Grug

Join Grug on this amazing journey!

Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, Grug is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss.

When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, he invents his own dance and calls it ‘The Grug’. When snails eat his cabbages, Grug plants more cabbages so there will be enough for both him and the snails.

Having performed to more than 50,000 children and families worldwide, Grug is perfect for our youngest theatre lovers.

Looking for something different for the kids during school holidays? Then this is it.

Suitable ages: 2 - 6 years

REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"He’s like the Elmo of Down Under."- The New York Times

 "Grug with his wonderful big eyes is surprisingly expressive for a little haystack." - The Advertiser

 "Who’d have thought so much fun would come from the top of a Burrawang tree." - Sunday Mail

Director Sam Haren / Designer Jonathon Oxlade / Composer DJ TR!P / Puppet Maker & Consultant Tamara Rewse 

Grug is a Windmill Theatre Company production. Originally produced in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival. 

Windmill Theatre Co is supported by the Government of South Australia and the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body. 

This project is also supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $25
Student $15
12 & Under $13
Groups of 4+ $15.50

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children

A Little Bit of Blue

FRIDAY 12 JULY, 11AM & 3PM

Little Wing Puppets & HPAC present A Little bit of Blue

A Detective Story, told with Puppetry, where you help solve the case.

A Little Bit of Blue is an interactive environmental detective story, told with puppetry. As well as unravelling a mystery, it involves learning about the unique habits of an extraordinary Australian animal, the Satin Bowerbird, and their fascination for the colour blue. It is a fun frolicking mix of Detective Noir, slapstick, with some interesting facts thrown in.

Mavis’s world is turned upside-down by small disappearances. Something has gone missing and is nowhere to be found. Mrs Hooley has been looking everywhere. But it’s not just today. Every day a new thing seems to disappear. Little things. A $10 note. Clothes pegs. A ball of wool. It’s troubling at first, but the thief then takes it one step too far.

Mavis calls in a Detective to investigate. The Detective, Harry McGee, an adorable fool, makes a mess of the investigation, and the children love always being one step of ahead of him. They set a trap for the burglar. A stake out is required. In the dead of night, and the Detective indeed finds something peculiar.... The children’s role is to help him solve the case.

Jenny Ellis, a puppeteer of more than twenty years, weaves the whole mystery together, sometimes playing three characters at once. The young audience will gasp with surprise, sigh with the sadness, shout in outrage, cheer with triumph, and dance with joy as they follow the sneaky bowerbird on his journey to find love.

Looking for an interactive and fun end to the school holidays? This is it. 

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $25
Student $15
12 & Under $13
Groups of 4+ $15.50

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Dance

Celtic Illusion

TUESDAY 6 AUGUST, 7.30PM 

Immerse yourself in one of the most unique productions touring the world. Celtic Illusion, the Irish dance and Grand Illusion sensation that has taken Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA by storm and will tour nationwide in 2024.

Even fans who have seen our previous shows won’t dare miss the 2024 tour that is set to raise the bar once again. This exhilarating production has broken barriers by fusing unparalleled art forms and is more spectacular than ever before.

A breathtaking array of experiences, fusing Irish Dance, Magic and influential flavours of Fosse, Michael Jackson, with a Broadway style. Celtic Illusion is a show like no other. 

The show features new spellbinding illusions and choreography, alongside a musical score that will either make you cry or send shivers down your spine.

Starring the multi-talented former lead dancer of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and Star Illusionist Anthony Street, with Georgia May, a marvel in both dance and Illusion. These impeccable performers lead a cast of champion dancers recruited from renowned productions across the world, such as Lord of the Dance and Riverdance, into a theatrical masterpiece that will have you mesmerised from the moment the curtain is raised. 

Celtic Illusion will surpass your expectations and leave you wanting more. 

Don’t hesitate, book now to know the hype of one of the largest and most unique Dance and Illusion shows in the world.

Celtic Illusion is not to be missed!

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Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets: 
Adult $89.90
Concession $84.90
Child $79.90
Group 10+ $80
Family of 4+ $80 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy

Are You Pulling My Leg?

FRIDAY 9 AUGUST, 8PM

Accessible Arts and Crips & Creeps in association with Arts on Tour & HPAC present Are you Pulling My Leg?

Showcasing some of Australia’s funniest comedians with disability or chronic illness, this raucous accessible comedy event boasts a line-up of award-winning performers with entertaining and uncensored insights into disability and oh-so-much more!

With razor-sharp wit and undeniable charm, the Are You Pulling My Leg? line-up brings to the stage hilarious and uncensored insights into disability. From awkward encounters to side-splitting observations that cut to the quick, no subject is off-limits. Venturing much further than disability, their quick quips highlight the many facets of their lives, relationships, experiences and personalities.

Discover for yourself that disabled comedians are just as funny as non-disabled comedians! The biggest joke is that they don’t always get equal access to gigs, so support this show, have a laugh and help make a difference.

It’s that easy!

Warning:

Coarse language, sexual references, drug references, adult content and dangerously good-looking people.

Accessibility information:

This show will be live captioned and Auslan interpreted to help everyone get the punchlines. Auslan interpretation is available upon request at the time of booking. Please note that we require at least 72 hours’ notice for Auslan requests.

This project is supported by Arts on Tour, the Australian Government, Creative Australia, NSW Government and Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

*This is an OVER 18's event

Tickets:
Adult $44.90
Senior $44.90
Concession $44.90
Groups of 6+ $39.90

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Contemporary

The Beach Boys Experience

SUNDAY 11 AUGUST, 7.30PM 

Pick up some Good Vibrations at this unforgettable celebration dedicated to the music of The Beach Boys 

For nearly 60 years, the Beach Boys have embodied summertime. Sun, surfing, the beach, pretty girls in bikinis, driving with the top down. Favourites like “Surfin Safari”, “Surfin USA”, “Surfer Girl”, “Little Deuce Coupe”, “Barbara Ann” and “California Girls” turned the warm-weather months into a blissful utopia where perpetual happiness, young love, and endless freedom reigned. 

Now, THE BEACH BOYS EXPERIENCE bring to the stage a mesmerising vocal wall of harmonies to capture the iconic sounds of one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of all time. 

Come have some Fun, Fun, Fun at the coolest, hippest, most far-out concert this year! 

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets: 
Early Bird $55 (9am 10.10.23 to 9am 15.10.23)
Adult $69 
Concession $64
Seniors $64 
Group 6+ $59 each 
Under 17 $49 

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children

The Peasant Prince

THURSDAY 15 AUGUST, 6.15PM & FRIDAY 16 AUGUST, 10AM & 2PM 

Monkey Baa Theatre Company & HPAC present The Peasant Prince 

Based on the book by Li Cunxin, Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas.
Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry
Cast: Agnes Choi, Jonathan Lim, Gerwin Widjaja and Alan Zhu. 

Monkey Baa is thrilled to announce the return of its award-winning production The Peasant Prince in 2024. The children’s version of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Peasant Prince is an extraordinary production of a remarkable story – of a peasant boy turned dance giant. It will inspire and enthral young audiences. 

 “You have your secret dreams. Follow them. Make them come true.” -From The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin 

The Peasant Prince tells the remarkable true story of a 10-year-old peasant boy’s journey from impoverished rural China to the international dance scene. This is a story of courage, resilience and unwavering hope. 

Li, a 10-year old peasant boy is plucked from his village in rural China and sent to a ballet academy in the big city. He leaves everything and everyone he loves, including his family. Over years of gruelling training, this boy transforms from an impoverished peasant to a giant of the international dance scene. Li’s courage, resilience and unwavering hope for a better life for himself and his family makes The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be. Audiences will be captivated by this very personal story, truly a 20th century fairy tale. 

Monkey Baa's extraordinary production won Best Production at The Glugs and The Sydney Theatre Awards and a Drover's Award for the Best Tour in 2016. 

REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“It’s a vivid piece of storytelling that is skillful, theatrical and inspiring. It was a loving and honest adaptation of Li’s treasured memoir” - Stage Whispers

"The Peasant Prince is vital, exuberant, aspirational, and inspirational." - Australian Stage

"My son was entranced and my daughter was mesmerised. I was drawn in by the magical telling of a powerful story told so simply and so well." - Sydney Arts Guide

School booking enquiries for either of the two Friday performances can be made to HPAC Box Office - 5573 0429 or via email: Schools Booking Enquiry

Or to book your school students in now so you don't miss out, please follow this link to the booking form -

Book your school in here

This project is supported by the Australian Government, Creative Australia, NSW Government, Arts on Tour and Creative Victoria.

Warning: Please note that the production contains themes of racism and simulated violence.

Photos by Heidrun Lohr. Photos from 2016 national tour feature performers Jenevieve Chang, Jonathan Chan, John Gomez Goodway and Edric Hong.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets:
Adult $25
Student $15
Child $13
Schools $12 (Friday performances only)

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Dance

The Tap Pack

SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER, 4PM 

Following sold-out shows and rave reviews on London’s West End, at Sydney Opera House and around the world, Australia’s hottest tap dance sensation, The Tap Pack is coming to Hamilton! 

Picking up where The Rat Pack left off, The Tap Pack conjures up a modern twist to the crooners and artists from the ‘50s through to the noughties! Featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr to Ed Sheeran, Michael Bublé and Beyoncé. 

The Tap Pack mix slick humour, high-energy entertainment, and world-class tap dance. A show of pure entertainment inspired by the legendary kings of swing, the Rat Pack, freshly created for the audience today. Cool classics with a fresh new twist. All your favourites including “The Lady Is a Tramp”, “Come Fly with Me”, “One For My Baby”, “Me And My Shadow” and much more. 

They sing. They dance. They joke. They bring a new, invigorating energy to a timeless style! 

The Tap Pack is an all-ages, family friendly production. 

REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Exhilarating" – The Herald Sun 

"Knockout performances" – The Age 

"Sensational evening" – The Advertiser 

"Genuinely breath catching" – Timeout.com 

"Sheer brilliance" - London Theatre One 

Created by Jesse Rasmussen, Jordan Pollard, and Thomas J Egan. Co-created and directed by Nigel Turner Carroll. Produced by Kym Halpin in association with SK Entertainment. 

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Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets: 
Premium $99.90 
A Reserve $79.90 

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

The Lloyd Webber Evolution

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER, 11AM

Promac Productions & HPAC present The Lloyd Webber Evolution

Ian Stenlake and Michelle Fitzmaurice celebrate Andrew Lloyd Webber's hits and influences.

The life and hit songs of the greatest Broadway and London West End composer of the last 50 Years Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and also his greatest friends and influences.

This is a narrative concert performance with over 20 hit songs from the Lloyd Webber, Elton John, Tim Rice and many more.

Cats, Phantom, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Lion King and many more are highlighted in this sparkling new concert production.

Ian Stenlake is an Australian music theatre and television star, having most recently been the leading man in the national tour of Mamma Mia the ABBA Musical, for which his performance received a Helpman Award nomination. In 2024 Ian will premiere the role of Colonel Parker in the national tour of The ELVIS REVOLUTION. Many Patrons will also remember Ian from his 8 Seasons as the leading man in “Sea Patrol” for Channel 9.

Joining Ian will be award-winning music theatre singer actress Michelle Fitzmaurice. Michelle was a recipient of the Leslie Anderson award in her final year at WAPPA, where she studied and lived for five years.

Together and alone Ian and Michelle will take the audience through a cavalcade of hit songs not only from the pen of Andrew Lloyd Webber but also many of his musical influences and other composers he admired and drew inspiration from.

Join us for a cuppa and biscuit from 10.30am. Included in the ticket price.

School booking enquiries can be made to HPAC Box Office - 5573 0429 or via email: Schools Booking Enquiry

Or to book your school students in please follow this link to the booking form -

Book your school in here

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $35
Senior $30
Concession $30
Group 4+ $27 each
Schools $10

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Hamilton Symphony Orchestra

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER, 2PM

HPAC presents Hamilton Symphony Orchestra

This year Hamilton Symphony Orchestra has invited the Warrnambool Symphony to join forces for a gala concert to celebrate 20 years of Hamilton Symphony Orchestra. And you are invited, too!

This concert will have all the features that have made these orchestra concerts so popular for so many years. Enjoy classical favourites alongside works which will be heard for the very first time at this concert, local and regional soloists, a choir or two, and probably a few surprises along the way as well.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $30
Senior $25
Concession $25
Student $20
12 & Under $20

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

Simply Brill

FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM

Nicholas Clark Management & HPAC present Simply Brill

Get ready for a memorable night of rock!

The story begins in The Brill Building – a solitary building in the heart of downtown New York City. How did one single building redefine the musical landscape and become a ‘one stop shop’ hit factory in just a few short years? And how did previously unheard-of teenagers ‘steal’ rock n roll, creating a wave of hits that would be sung by all generations, right across the globe for years to come?

Theatrically presented, Simply Brill – with its dynamic blend of history, humor and heart – takes audiences on a thrilling ride from the humble beginnings of the music business in Tin Pan Alley, through to the dawn of the singer songwriter, via the game-changing explosion of rock ‘n’ roll.

‘Simply Brill’ dramatically retells the birth of iconic songwriters such as Bill Hayley & The Comets, Neil Sedaka, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Cynthia Weil, and Ellie Greenwich. These up and coming teenage songwriters gave voice to an entire generation with hits such as Rock Around The Clock, Splish Splash, Oh Carol, Will You Love Me Tomorrow?, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, River Deep Mountain High, and Leader of the Pack and more – all sublimely recreated with the vocal brilliance of Amelia, Michaela and Michael and a live 5 piece band.

Join ‘Simply Brill’ for a rollicking homage to some of the most popular songs of the 20th century and the songwriters who made them happen.

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets: 
Adult $49.90
Senior $44.90
Concession $44.90
Student $39.90
Groups 6+ $39.90 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

Rejoice & Be Merry - It's Christmas 24

MONDAY 9 DECEMBER, 2.30PM

Promac Productions & HPAC present Rejoice & Be Merry – It's Christmas 24

Celebrate Christmas with this blend of classic carols, contemporary songs, and laughs. 

Join funnyman Christopher McKenna along with star Australian tenor Roy Best and the Promac Company!

This show will be packed with all your Christmas favourites with a wonderful mix of classic Christmas carols blended with some contemporary Christmas songs and loaded with great laughs along the way, to get everyone in the true Christmas Spirit.

“O Holy Night”, “White Christmas”, “The Holy City”, will be just some of the hit songs sung in this joyous production.

Join us for a cuppa and festive treat from 2pm. Included in the ticket price.

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $35
Senior $30
Concession $30
Groups 4+ $27 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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The Sunshine Club

SATURDAY 9 MARCH, 8PM

HIT Productions & HPAC present The Sunshine Club

Written & Directed by Wesley Enoch / Music by John Rodgers

Let the sun shine through with this beautiful story.

Set in 1946, the joyful and acclaimed musical The Sunshine Club, tells the story of Aboriginal soldier Frank Doyle, who is just returning home to Brisbane after serving in WW2, to find that, while the world may have changed, the same attitudes and prejudices still exist at home. But this only fills Frank with a strong desire to change things for the better by setting up The Sunshine Club. 

A place where all people are welcome to come together, laugh, romance and dance the night away as Frank sets out to win the heart of Rose, the girl from next door. 

The Sunshine Club is a gloriously energetic, thought provoking and above all entertaining night of theatre.

This project is supported by the Australian Government, Creative Australia and Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $45
Concession $40
Senior $40
Student $30
12 & Under $30
Group of 4+ $35 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children

Sesame Street - Elmo's Circus Dream

THURSDAY 21 MARCH, 10.30AM & 1PM

Elmo's Circus Dream is a must-see show of laughter, acrobatics, and imagination! Join Elmo and friends for an unforgettable circus adventure. Don't miss the magic! 

Step right up and join the fun with 'Elmo's Circus Dream'! This thrilling show takes you on an enchanting journey with Elmo and his friends as they discover their hidden talents and dreams at the circus. Get ready to be entertained by amazing acts, catchy songs, and heart-warming moments that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. 

It all begins with Elmo's captivating bedtime story about the circus. As Elmo falls asleep, he is magically transported to a colourful world, where he is warmly greeted by his friends Abby, Cookie Monster, Grover, Bert, and Ernie. The show bursts into high energy as the talented cast sings and dances to the iconic Sesame Street theme song, but with a twist -they are embarking on an exciting adventure to the circus! With their vibrant costumes and catchy tunes, they express their deep desire to join the circus and become part of its magical experience. From hilarious clowning and daring stunt attempts to mesmerising dog acts and captivating dance routines, the stage comes alive with their boundless energy, skill, and infectious enthusiasm.

But the excitement doesn't stop there! Brace yourself as internationally renowned circus performers take the stage, showcasing their extraordinary talents. Prepare to be spellbound by their impressive acrobatic displays, jaw dropping juggling acts, and mind-bending illusions that will leave you wondering in awe at their incredible feats. 

'Elmo's Circus Dream' is more than just a show – it's an immersive experience that ignites the imaginations of children, encourages self-expression, and teaches valuable life lessons in a fun and engaging way. Join Elmo and his Sesame Street friends as they transport you to a world where dreams truly come to life, where laughter and amazement await at every turn. Get ready to be dazzled as the magic of the circus unfolds before your eyes, leaving you with unforgettable memories and a renewed belief in the power of dreams.

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Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

VIP package includes: a front row seat, free gift, meet & greet and photo opportunity with Elmo on the stage after the show.

Tickets:
VIP $69.95 (limited tickets per show)
Admit (over 18mths) $34.95

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children

Wilbur The Optical Whale

SATURDAY 23 MARCH, 11AM 

IndelibilityArts & HPAC present Wilbur The Optical Whale  

Come on an oceanic adventure and take a deep-sea sensory dive to meet Wilbur and his cheeky friends!  

Set in an exquisitely crafted underwater world full of stunning circus tricks, digital and visual imagery, music, and interactive play, “Wilbur the Optical Whale” is an immersive, interactive accessible performance for children aged 3+. 

All of indelabilityarts’ shows feature integrated Auslan and headphones are available so audience members can engage on their own terms. The set includes a quiet space as part of relaxed performance mode catering to those who may require it. 

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets:
Adult $25
Concession $20 
Student $20
12 & Under $15

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children

The Mik Maks - Songs To Help Us Grow

FRIDAY 5 APRIL, 11AM

The Mik Maks & HPAC present Songs to Help us Grow

The Mik Maks are thrilled to be once again touring a Live Show!! Fresh from releasing their brand-new album ‘Songs to Help us Grow,’ this family band can’t wait to share some new songs with their little fans. Ava, Joel, Al and Drums the Panda are ready to rock with you. You never know where a new Mik Mak show will take you! But we can guarantee 45 minutes of giggling, singing and jiggling in the Mini Mak Mosh pit. This show is perfect for children aged 2-8 years of age. However, there’s something for both the young and young at heart at a Mik Mak live show. 

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets:
Adult $25
Student $15
12mths & Over $13
Group of 4+ $15.50 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Country, Music

Emma Donovan

THURSDAY 11 APRIL, 7.30PM 

Christine Harris & HPAC present Emma Donovan

This concert showcases the talent and the new work of celebrated, ARIA-nominated, award-winning Indigenous singer and songwriter Emma Donovan. This concert with Emma and her band will include her trademark soul/country songs and new music recorded in Gumbaynggirr and Noongar languages.  

Emma proudly is one of the First Nations artists, spearheading efforts to put traditional languages on the music map. She will also share stories, providing her audiences with an understanding of Country and community. 

‘I am very proud to introduce new words and share languages with audiences and fans. It’s so important to preserve this part of our history, family and country. For me to write my solo album, I needed to go back into my own family musical archives to rediscover the country music I was raised on and that I performed. 

My solo work will be richly influenced by my family and memories of touring with The Donovans performing country and gospel music. My family’s musical history is known but not yet world renowned. This project will shine a light on Indigenous music culture, sharing stories and preserving language in song. I want to share my story with Australia and the world, and I want audiences to hear my songs and languages to enhance their knowledge of our expansive history of this country.’ Emma Donovan  

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets: 
Adult $50
Senior $45 
Concession $45
Student $25
12 & Under $25
Group of 6+ $35

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Dispatches From The Frontline

MONDAY 15 APRIL, 11AM

HPAC Presents Dispatches from the Frontline

Sister Nan Reay's diary unfolds in WW1 frontline reading.

Dispatches from the Frontline is a performed reading by Geraldine Cook-Dafner of excerpts from the diary of a Victorian nurse, Sister Nan Reay.

Sister Reay was born in Coleraine, trained at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and served for four grueling years behind the frontlines of the battlefields of WW1.

These “dispatches” celebrate this nurse’s duty, personal resilience, courage and tenacity; traits that resonate in these current troubled times of war.

We also encourage schools to bring their students along to this performance. School booking enquiries can be made to HPAC Box Office - 5573 0429 or via email: Schools Booking Enquiry

Or to book your school students now in please follow this link to the booking form -

Book your school in here

Can't make the Hamilton show? Then why not go to the Coleraine performance on Saturday 13 April at the Coleraine RSL, 7pm. Tickets can be purchased from the Coleraine RSL. Pre-booked tickets - $25. Limited tickets will be available at the door - $30. Your ticket will include a light supper.

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Hamilton performance: join us for a cuppa and biscuit from 10.30am. Included in the ticket price.

Tickets:
All Hamilton Tickets $20
Schools $10

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Contemporary

Dear Diary

THURSDAY 16 MAY, 7.30PM 

Merrigong Theatre Company & HPAC present Dear Diary 

The perfect musical experience for teens and parents! 

Phenomenal South Coast Singer Songwriter, Kay Proudlove, brings her formidable talent and infectious personality to the stage in Dear Diary, directed by Leland Kean (Lost Boys, As Luck Would Have It). Dear Diary takes us on a journey through Kay’s teenage diaries through a collection of intimate and vulnerable stories and songs. 

Dear Diary is a hilarious, nostalgic and sometimes painful revisiting of our teenage years, delving into the pressures and expectations of growing up. 

This performance is an intimate PACked Stage Gig at the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre. Sit at a table on the stage and enjoy being up close to Kay as she takes us through her teenage years.

Notes:

This is not a BYO event. The café / bar will be open for refreshments. 

Want to book a table? Just contact the box office and we’ll reserve one for you – minimum booking of 6 persons.

This project is supported by Creative Victoria, Arts on Tour and NSW Government.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets:
Adult $45
Senior $40
Concession $40
Student $30
Groups of 6+ $35 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue PACked Stage Gig

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Ella Hooper

TUESDAY 21 MAY, 7.30PM 

HIT Productions & HPAC present Ella Hooper 

Teen prodigy to ARIA success. 

Ella Hooper was still a teenager when she burst onto the Australian music scene. Unearthed by Triple J when she was just 13, Ella scored her first number one with the single ‘Mascara’ on her 17th birthday. And at 18, she became the first woman to be awarded APRA’s Songwriter of the Year. 

After releasing three hit albums with Killing Heidi, Ella embarked on a solo career. Her forthcoming album, Small Town Temple – written in her hometown of Violet Town – has been hailed as a new beginning, showcasing Ella’s deeply personal song writing. After a multitude of gold and platinum records and four ARIA Awards, Ella remains committed to her craft. As she sings on Small Town Temple: “Still strong, still on a mission.” 

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets:
Adult $54.90
Senior $49.90
Concession $49.90
Student $34.90
12 & Under $34.90
Groups of 6+ $44.90 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Country

Creedence Clearwater Collective

THURSDAY 30 MAY, 7.30PM

We invite you to join us for a night of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty, as we celebrate the music of one of the world’s most iconic bands – from the songs they wrote, to the songs covered, to the songs they wrote for others.

From their album debut in 1968 to their last album in 1972, CCR was a juggernaut of phenomenal proportions.

No other band has created such an impact in such a short time.

The Creedence Clearwater Collective brings to the stage a band that captures the unique CCR sound.

You do not want to hear through the grapevine that you missed out on this fun, hit-packed live concert.

Join us, a real-life travelling band.

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Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $69
Senior $64
Concession $64
Group 6+ $59 each
Student $49

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy, Cabaret

Tash York's Happy Hour

SATURDAY 1 JUNE, 7.30PM 

Big Hair Productions & HPAC present Tash York’s Happy Hour 

A raucous and rowdy-filled Happy Hour with incredible music, Yakult shots and outrageously funny cabaret. 

Tash York and the Red Red Wines invite you to their world where life is celebrated one glass at a time. Join us for an over 18’s night of laughter and a raucous and rowdy-filled happy hour with incredible music, Goon of Fortune and outrageously funny cabaret. 

Think Meow Meow meets Bianca Del Rio on a budget! 

This performance is an intimate PACked Stage Gig at the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre. Sit at a table on the stage and enjoy being up close to the hilarious Tash.

Notes:

This is not a BYO event. The café / bar will be open for refreshments. 

Want to book a table? Just contact the box office and we’ll reserve one for you – minimum booking of 6 persons.

This project is supported by Regional Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

*This is an OVER 18’s event
Tickets:
Adult $49.90
Senior $44.90
Concession $44.90
Groups of 6+ $39.90 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue PACked Stage Gig

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Comedy

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE, 7.30PM

MICF & HPAC present Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Australia's premier comedy roadshow is coming your way!

Australia's biggest and best comedy spectacular is setting off on its 26th annual road trip around the country! Showcasing the finest talents from the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we're delivering a dose of laughter right to your doorstep!

Featuring a line-up of beloved comedy royalty alongside the freshest sensations from the Festival, all in one hilarious show that guarantees nationwide laughs.

Gather your pals, secure your tickets, and get ready for a well-deserved blast of comedy when the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow graces the stage in your neighbourhood.

Check back closer to the event for a list of comedians that will be coming to Hamilton.

REVIEWS⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘we were laughing from the moment the lights went down, to well into the drive home.’ Scenestr
‘Wiping tears away and wheezing from the sheer joy.’ Australian Stage

Warnings:

Performances often contain coarse language, adult themes, sexual references and material that may offend. The show is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.  

Smoke Machine/Hazer may be used during this performance.

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $49.90
Senior $44.90
Concession $44.90
Student $39.90
Groups of 6+ $39.90 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children

Grug

TUESDAY 2 JULY, 11AM & 2PM

Windmill Theatre Company & HPAC present Grug

Join Grug on this amazing journey!

Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, Grug is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss.

When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, he invents his own dance and calls it ‘The Grug’. When snails eat his cabbages, Grug plants more cabbages so there will be enough for both him and the snails.

Having performed to more than 50,000 children and families worldwide, Grug is perfect for our youngest theatre lovers.

Looking for something different for the kids during school holidays? Then this is it.

Suitable ages: 2 - 6 years

REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"He’s like the Elmo of Down Under."- The New York Times

 "Grug with his wonderful big eyes is surprisingly expressive for a little haystack." - The Advertiser

 "Who’d have thought so much fun would come from the top of a Burrawang tree." - Sunday Mail

Director Sam Haren / Designer Jonathon Oxlade / Composer DJ TR!P / Puppet Maker & Consultant Tamara Rewse 

Grug is a Windmill Theatre Company production. Originally produced in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival. 

Windmill Theatre Co is supported by the Government of South Australia and the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body. 

This project is also supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $25
Student $15
12 & Under $13
Groups of 4+ $15.50

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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A Little Bit of Blue

FRIDAY 12 JULY, 11AM & 3PM

Little Wing Puppets & HPAC present A Little bit of Blue

A Detective Story, told with Puppetry, where you help solve the case.

A Little Bit of Blue is an interactive environmental detective story, told with puppetry. As well as unravelling a mystery, it involves learning about the unique habits of an extraordinary Australian animal, the Satin Bowerbird, and their fascination for the colour blue. It is a fun frolicking mix of Detective Noir, slapstick, with some interesting facts thrown in.

Mavis’s world is turned upside-down by small disappearances. Something has gone missing and is nowhere to be found. Mrs Hooley has been looking everywhere. But it’s not just today. Every day a new thing seems to disappear. Little things. A $10 note. Clothes pegs. A ball of wool. It’s troubling at first, but the thief then takes it one step too far.

Mavis calls in a Detective to investigate. The Detective, Harry McGee, an adorable fool, makes a mess of the investigation, and the children love always being one step of ahead of him. They set a trap for the burglar. A stake out is required. In the dead of night, and the Detective indeed finds something peculiar.... The children’s role is to help him solve the case.

Jenny Ellis, a puppeteer of more than twenty years, weaves the whole mystery together, sometimes playing three characters at once. The young audience will gasp with surprise, sigh with the sadness, shout in outrage, cheer with triumph, and dance with joy as they follow the sneaky bowerbird on his journey to find love.

Looking for an interactive and fun end to the school holidays? This is it. 

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $25
Student $15
12 & Under $13
Groups of 4+ $15.50

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Celtic Illusion

TUESDAY 6 AUGUST, 7.30PM 

Immerse yourself in one of the most unique productions touring the world. Celtic Illusion, the Irish dance and Grand Illusion sensation that has taken Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA by storm and will tour nationwide in 2024.

Even fans who have seen our previous shows won’t dare miss the 2024 tour that is set to raise the bar once again. This exhilarating production has broken barriers by fusing unparalleled art forms and is more spectacular than ever before.

A breathtaking array of experiences, fusing Irish Dance, Magic and influential flavours of Fosse, Michael Jackson, with a Broadway style. Celtic Illusion is a show like no other. 

The show features new spellbinding illusions and choreography, alongside a musical score that will either make you cry or send shivers down your spine.

Starring the multi-talented former lead dancer of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and Star Illusionist Anthony Street, with Georgia May, a marvel in both dance and Illusion. These impeccable performers lead a cast of champion dancers recruited from renowned productions across the world, such as Lord of the Dance and Riverdance, into a theatrical masterpiece that will have you mesmerised from the moment the curtain is raised. 

Celtic Illusion will surpass your expectations and leave you wanting more. 

Don’t hesitate, book now to know the hype of one of the largest and most unique Dance and Illusion shows in the world.

Celtic Illusion is not to be missed!

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Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets: 
Adult $89.90
Concession $84.90
Child $79.90
Group 10+ $80
Family of 4+ $80 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Comedy

Are You Pulling My Leg?

FRIDAY 9 AUGUST, 8PM

Accessible Arts and Crips & Creeps in association with Arts on Tour & HPAC present Are you Pulling My Leg?

Showcasing some of Australia’s funniest comedians with disability or chronic illness, this raucous accessible comedy event boasts a line-up of award-winning performers with entertaining and uncensored insights into disability and oh-so-much more!

With razor-sharp wit and undeniable charm, the Are You Pulling My Leg? line-up brings to the stage hilarious and uncensored insights into disability. From awkward encounters to side-splitting observations that cut to the quick, no subject is off-limits. Venturing much further than disability, their quick quips highlight the many facets of their lives, relationships, experiences and personalities.

Discover for yourself that disabled comedians are just as funny as non-disabled comedians! The biggest joke is that they don’t always get equal access to gigs, so support this show, have a laugh and help make a difference.

It’s that easy!

Warning:

Coarse language, sexual references, drug references, adult content and dangerously good-looking people.

Accessibility information:

This show will be live captioned and Auslan interpreted to help everyone get the punchlines. Auslan interpretation is available upon request at the time of booking. Please note that we require at least 72 hours’ notice for Auslan requests.

This project is supported by Arts on Tour, the Australian Government, Creative Australia, NSW Government and Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

*This is an OVER 18's event

Tickets:
Adult $44.90
Senior $44.90
Concession $44.90
Groups of 6+ $39.90

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Contemporary

The Beach Boys Experience

SUNDAY 11 AUGUST, 7.30PM 

Pick up some Good Vibrations at this unforgettable celebration dedicated to the music of The Beach Boys 

For nearly 60 years, the Beach Boys have embodied summertime. Sun, surfing, the beach, pretty girls in bikinis, driving with the top down. Favourites like “Surfin Safari”, “Surfin USA”, “Surfer Girl”, “Little Deuce Coupe”, “Barbara Ann” and “California Girls” turned the warm-weather months into a blissful utopia where perpetual happiness, young love, and endless freedom reigned. 

Now, THE BEACH BOYS EXPERIENCE bring to the stage a mesmerising vocal wall of harmonies to capture the iconic sounds of one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of all time. 

Come have some Fun, Fun, Fun at the coolest, hippest, most far-out concert this year! 

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets: 
Early Bird $55 (9am 10.10.23 to 9am 15.10.23)
Adult $69 
Concession $64
Seniors $64 
Group 6+ $59 each 
Under 17 $49 

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Children

The Peasant Prince

THURSDAY 15 AUGUST, 6.15PM & FRIDAY 16 AUGUST, 10AM & 2PM 

Monkey Baa Theatre Company & HPAC present The Peasant Prince 

Based on the book by Li Cunxin, Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas.
Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry
Cast: Agnes Choi, Jonathan Lim, Gerwin Widjaja and Alan Zhu. 

Monkey Baa is thrilled to announce the return of its award-winning production The Peasant Prince in 2024. The children’s version of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Peasant Prince is an extraordinary production of a remarkable story – of a peasant boy turned dance giant. It will inspire and enthral young audiences. 

 “You have your secret dreams. Follow them. Make them come true.” -From The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin 

The Peasant Prince tells the remarkable true story of a 10-year-old peasant boy’s journey from impoverished rural China to the international dance scene. This is a story of courage, resilience and unwavering hope. 

Li, a 10-year old peasant boy is plucked from his village in rural China and sent to a ballet academy in the big city. He leaves everything and everyone he loves, including his family. Over years of gruelling training, this boy transforms from an impoverished peasant to a giant of the international dance scene. Li’s courage, resilience and unwavering hope for a better life for himself and his family makes The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be. Audiences will be captivated by this very personal story, truly a 20th century fairy tale. 

Monkey Baa's extraordinary production won Best Production at The Glugs and The Sydney Theatre Awards and a Drover's Award for the Best Tour in 2016. 

REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“It’s a vivid piece of storytelling that is skillful, theatrical and inspiring. It was a loving and honest adaptation of Li’s treasured memoir” - Stage Whispers

"The Peasant Prince is vital, exuberant, aspirational, and inspirational." - Australian Stage

"My son was entranced and my daughter was mesmerised. I was drawn in by the magical telling of a powerful story told so simply and so well." - Sydney Arts Guide

School booking enquiries for either of the two Friday performances can be made to HPAC Box Office - 5573 0429 or via email: Schools Booking Enquiry

Or to book your school students in now so you don't miss out, please follow this link to the booking form -

Book your school in here

This project is supported by the Australian Government, Creative Australia, NSW Government, Arts on Tour and Creative Victoria.

Warning: Please note that the production contains themes of racism and simulated violence.

Photos by Heidrun Lohr. Photos from 2016 national tour feature performers Jenevieve Chang, Jonathan Chan, John Gomez Goodway and Edric Hong.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets:
Adult $25
Student $15
Child $13
Schools $12 (Friday performances only)

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Dance

The Tap Pack

SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER, 4PM 

Following sold-out shows and rave reviews on London’s West End, at Sydney Opera House and around the world, Australia’s hottest tap dance sensation, The Tap Pack is coming to Hamilton! 

Picking up where The Rat Pack left off, The Tap Pack conjures up a modern twist to the crooners and artists from the ‘50s through to the noughties! Featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr to Ed Sheeran, Michael Bublé and Beyoncé. 

The Tap Pack mix slick humour, high-energy entertainment, and world-class tap dance. A show of pure entertainment inspired by the legendary kings of swing, the Rat Pack, freshly created for the audience today. Cool classics with a fresh new twist. All your favourites including “The Lady Is a Tramp”, “Come Fly with Me”, “One For My Baby”, “Me And My Shadow” and much more. 

They sing. They dance. They joke. They bring a new, invigorating energy to a timeless style! 

The Tap Pack is an all-ages, family friendly production. 

REVIEWS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Exhilarating" – The Herald Sun 

"Knockout performances" – The Age 

"Sensational evening" – The Advertiser 

"Genuinely breath catching" – Timeout.com 

"Sheer brilliance" - London Theatre One 

Created by Jesse Rasmussen, Jordan Pollard, and Thomas J Egan. Co-created and directed by Nigel Turner Carroll. Produced by Kym Halpin in association with SK Entertainment. 

Sneak Peek

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly. 

Tickets: 
Premium $99.90 
A Reserve $79.90 

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

The Lloyd Webber Evolution

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER, 11AM

Promac Productions & HPAC present The Lloyd Webber Evolution

Ian Stenlake and Michelle Fitzmaurice celebrate Andrew Lloyd Webber's hits and influences.

The life and hit songs of the greatest Broadway and London West End composer of the last 50 Years Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and also his greatest friends and influences.

This is a narrative concert performance with over 20 hit songs from the Lloyd Webber, Elton John, Tim Rice and many more.

Cats, Phantom, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Lion King and many more are highlighted in this sparkling new concert production.

Ian Stenlake is an Australian music theatre and television star, having most recently been the leading man in the national tour of Mamma Mia the ABBA Musical, for which his performance received a Helpman Award nomination. In 2024 Ian will premiere the role of Colonel Parker in the national tour of The ELVIS REVOLUTION. Many Patrons will also remember Ian from his 8 Seasons as the leading man in “Sea Patrol” for Channel 9.

Joining Ian will be award-winning music theatre singer actress Michelle Fitzmaurice. Michelle was a recipient of the Leslie Anderson award in her final year at WAPPA, where she studied and lived for five years.

Together and alone Ian and Michelle will take the audience through a cavalcade of hit songs not only from the pen of Andrew Lloyd Webber but also many of his musical influences and other composers he admired and drew inspiration from.

Join us for a cuppa and biscuit from 10.30am. Included in the ticket price.

School booking enquiries can be made to HPAC Box Office - 5573 0429 or via email: Schools Booking Enquiry

Or to book your school students in please follow this link to the booking form -

Book your school in here

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $35
Senior $30
Concession $30
Group 4+ $27 each
Schools $10

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Classical

Hamilton Symphony Orchestra

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER, 2PM

HPAC presents Hamilton Symphony Orchestra

This year Hamilton Symphony Orchestra has invited the Warrnambool Symphony to join forces for a gala concert to celebrate 20 years of Hamilton Symphony Orchestra. And you are invited, too!

This concert will have all the features that have made these orchestra concerts so popular for so many years. Enjoy classical favourites alongside works which will be heard for the very first time at this concert, local and regional soloists, a choir or two, and probably a few surprises along the way as well.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $30
Senior $25
Concession $25
Student $20
12 & Under $20

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

Simply Brill

FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM

Nicholas Clark Management & HPAC present Simply Brill

Get ready for a memorable night of rock!

The story begins in The Brill Building – a solitary building in the heart of downtown New York City. How did one single building redefine the musical landscape and become a ‘one stop shop’ hit factory in just a few short years? And how did previously unheard-of teenagers ‘steal’ rock n roll, creating a wave of hits that would be sung by all generations, right across the globe for years to come?

Theatrically presented, Simply Brill – with its dynamic blend of history, humor and heart – takes audiences on a thrilling ride from the humble beginnings of the music business in Tin Pan Alley, through to the dawn of the singer songwriter, via the game-changing explosion of rock ‘n’ roll.

‘Simply Brill’ dramatically retells the birth of iconic songwriters such as Bill Hayley & The Comets, Neil Sedaka, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Cynthia Weil, and Ellie Greenwich. These up and coming teenage songwriters gave voice to an entire generation with hits such as Rock Around The Clock, Splish Splash, Oh Carol, Will You Love Me Tomorrow?, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, River Deep Mountain High, and Leader of the Pack and more – all sublimely recreated with the vocal brilliance of Amelia, Michaela and Michael and a live 5 piece band.

Join ‘Simply Brill’ for a rollicking homage to some of the most popular songs of the 20th century and the songwriters who made them happen.

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets: 
Adult $49.90
Senior $44.90
Concession $44.90
Student $39.90
Groups 6+ $39.90 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium

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Music

Rejoice & Be Merry - It's Christmas 24

MONDAY 9 DECEMBER, 2.30PM

Promac Productions & HPAC present Rejoice & Be Merry – It's Christmas 24

Celebrate Christmas with this blend of classic carols, contemporary songs, and laughs. 

Join funnyman Christopher McKenna along with star Australian tenor Roy Best and the Promac Company!

This show will be packed with all your Christmas favourites with a wonderful mix of classic Christmas carols blended with some contemporary Christmas songs and loaded with great laughs along the way, to get everyone in the true Christmas Spirit.

“O Holy Night”, “White Christmas”, “The Holy City”, will be just some of the hit songs sung in this joyous production.

Join us for a cuppa and festive treat from 2pm. Included in the ticket price.

This project is supported by Creative Victoria.

Access & Inclusion: This is a COVIDsafe, accessible and inclusive event taking place on Gunditjmara Country. If you need assistance at the venue, please let us know when booking your ticket or contact us directly.

Tickets:
Adult $35
Senior $30
Concession $30
Groups 4+ $27 each

Location Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

subvenue The Handbury Auditorium