The Production Company
11 – 19 July
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is set on New York’s Upper West Side in the mid-1950s where racial and social tensions run high. A poignant, provocative and emotionally powerful piece of theatre, its score features many of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein’s most famous compositions – Maria, America, Somewhere and Tonight.
This landmark season will feature four of Australia’s leading musical theatre stars. Returning from London to play Maria is Anna O’Byrne whose recent credits include Christine Daaé in Phantom of the Opera on the West End. Gareth Keegan who starred in Show Boat last season, is Tony. In the role of Anita will be Deone Zanotto (A Chorus Line on Broadway and We Will Rock You on London’s West End). Adam Fiorentino whose US credits include Bert in Mary Poppins on Broadway, is Bernardo. Sean Mulligan‘s recent credits include Jersey Boys and Legally Blonde both on London’s West End, and EastEnders and The Persuasionists both for BBCTV.
Also starring Neil Melville (Party Tricks, Les Miserables) as Detective Schrank, Tony Rickards ( Winners and Losers) as Doc, Glaston Toft (Guys and Dolls, Jersey Boys) as Glad Hand, Rob Tripolino (La Cage Aux Folles, Ned) as Chino, and Dean Vince (Show Boat, King Kong) as Krupke.
The acclaimed Gale Edwards (Aida, Sydney Harbour) returns to The Production Company to direct this electrifying piece of musical drama. The eminent musical theatre conductor, Guy Simpson, fresh from supervising Phantom of the Opera in Istanbul, is Musical Director. Jerome Robbins’ original choreography will be recreated by Michael Ralph.
Arts Centre Melbourne
19 – 27 June
Witty, vibrant, glamorous and romantic, Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella will sweep you off your feet. By popular demand, and after sell-out seasons in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, this smash-hit crowd-pleaser returns to bewitch us again in an exclusive encore season.
Ratmansky, the most in-demand choreographer in the world and the master of the modern story ballet, fills every bar of Prokofiev’s cinematic score as he charts Cinderella’s journey from rags to rapture. Jerôme Kaplan’s vivid, sophisticated designs draw inspiration from Dior, Schiaparelli, the elegance of 1940s Hollywood, and Surrealist art.
Like Ratmansky’s Cinderella – transported to the ball by planets and stars – we are whisked by this magical ballet to new heights of wonder.
The Australian Combined Schools Music Festival brings together some of the finest student musicians from around the nation to perform together under the guidance of outstanding national and international conductors.
The biennial festival is hosted by different schools around Australia and in 2015 is being held in Melbourne, hosted by Wesley College. The five days of the festival will culminate in a gala concert performance featuring an impressive instrumental, choral and combined repertoire.
The Festival musicians form three high-standard ensembles: the Festival Concert Band conducted by Mark Ford, the Festival Choir conducted by Stephen and the Festival Orchestra conducted by Stephen Mould.
The proud and distinguished history of Ivanhoe Grammar School is celebrated through a Centenary Gala concert at Hamer Hall. This concert event calls on the talents of its current students from all Campuses, together with alumni, parents and staff. Celebrating the themes of belonging, and internationalism, the school body as a collective will pay tribute to their past, acknowledge its rich diversity and celebrate the future through the eyes of our younger students. This major musical and performing arts event in the life of the school is a must-see.
11 – 12 June
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, a haunting piece interweaving the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead with the works of First World War poet Wilfred Owen, is paired with the profoundly moving Elegy in memoriam Rupert Brooke. Written by an Australian composer stationed in Gallipoli, shortly before his death at the Battle of the Somme, the elegy makes for a stirring memorial to one of the defining conflicts of the twentieth century.
Arts Centre Melbourne
4 – 13 June
Step into faraway woodlands in Ashton’s charming take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, guaranteed to bring the house down with a hilarious tangled romance, dazzling dancing and the playful music of Felix Mendelssohn.
Fall into new worlds in Monotones II, a stripped-back masterpiece made famous by its breathtaking pas de trois (dance for three) set to Erik Satie’s ethereal music. And for the first time see the company perform Symphonic Variations, well known for its hard demands on the dancer, classical technique and pure, airy movement that awes from start to finish.
Varied, mesmerising and utterly enchanting, The Australian Ballet’s The Dream is one of the greatest spectacles of dance you’ll see all year.
12 June – 4 July
Love and Information are profoundly human needs. But do we know too much?
In her latest hit, Caryl Churchill – arguably the world’s foremost living playwright – has created an ingeniously recognisable portrait of the modern era. With the inventiveness and currency of her signature works Top Girls and Cloud Nine, this unique new play offers glimpses into the lives of over a hundred characters.
Through a series of tantalising vignettes, eight chameleonic actors will embody more than 100 characters – a child who cannot feel pain, a man in love with a computer voice, a woman with a secret. Like a single beam of light refracted, each scene exposes a different facet of human nature.
A quick-fire play, Churchill’s Love and Information is an exhilarating experience, creating a theatrical kaleidoscope that shrewdly questions how connected we truly are in this ever-connected age