Shakespeare Under The Stars
Summer 2015 – 2016
The Australian Shakespeare Company presents exciting, accessible and contemporary productions of Shakespeare and other dramatised classics in innovative and unique theatre performances.
The company in its current form began life as Shakespeare Under The Stars in 1987 under the directorship of Glenn Elston, who pioneered popular outdoor theatre in Australia. His award winning annual outdoor productions of Shakespeare and The Wind in the Willows have now played to well over a million people throughout the country. Glenn joined the Australian Shakespeare Company in 1998 as Artistic Director and Producer and has developed the company into Australia’s largest independent theatre company.
The Australian Shakespeare Company performs and tours in metropolitan and regional cities and remote and outback locations, from Melbourne and Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens to Kakadu National Park and Beswick Falls in the Northern Territory. Audiences include families, seniors, tourists, students and young professionals, all of whom experience the magic of outdoor performances with some of Australia’s finest professional performers and creative artists.
The Production Company
21 November – 6 December
Broadway legend, Jerry Herman created JERRY’S GIRLS to showcase his best loved songs from his greatest musicals. His iconic show stoppers include Hello, Dolly!, I Am What I Am, Wherever He Ain’t, Mame, Before The Parade Passes By, Bosom Buddies, I Won’t Send Roses, Put on Your Sunday Clothes, Tap Your Troubles Away and Time Heals Everything.
Created from a concept by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento and Jerry Herman and featuring the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman, The Production Company is staging JERRY’S GIRLS for a season of 19 performances at Arts Centre Melbourne opening on 21 November.
Helpmann Award winning duo Director Dean Bryant and Choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, with Musical Director Mathew Frank, are shaping JERRY’S GIRLS as a celebration of Australia’s leading ladies, with 12 stars sharing the spotlight.
Each Leading Lady plays a version of herself in this fun and intimate look at the backstage mayhem and onstage razzle dazzle of show business. Bryant and Hallsworth are contextualising the songs to give drive and comedy to the evening, moving between two worlds: the show itself and the rehearsal process.
Light-hearted and funny, audiences will discover the thrill of what it’s like to rehearse and perform in a musical and the unique joy of the creative process.
Arts Centre Melbourne
Closing 13 October
John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s haunting picture book tells a story we all know: a story of colonisation, civilisation and progress – a story about displacement, destruction and culture clash. And in that landscape, it tells a story of hope, taking root.
It’s a story for young people, it’s a story for old people, it’s a story for all of us. Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company have assembled some of Australia’s foremost creative talents to collaborate on a new opera for children and families.
Gabriela Tylesova’s kooky sets and costumes realise Tan’s pictures in all of their mystical wonder, while Lally Katz has turned Marsden’s spare poetry into an enchanting libretto. To write the score, Kate Miller-Heidke: the butterfly voiced, classically-trained indie-pop singer who is as at home on the charts as she is performing at the Met. As well as composing The Rabbits, Kate will perform in this production.
I’m on holiday! Please check back next week when Athena Theatre Services returns to normal programming.
10 – 18 October
Following acclaimed seasons at the 2011 and 2014 Melbourne Festivals, the Australian National Academy of Music’s one–of–a–kind, purpose built performance space is back.
Created by theatrical innovators Bluebottle, ANAM Quartetthaus is an extraordinary fusion of music, architecture and design, offering a daringly intimate and breathtakingly visceral take on the traditional concert hall.
With musicians playing in the round, and only 52 seats in the venue, no audience member is ever more than two metres from the performers, making for an exceptionally unique concert experience.
The program showcases ANAM’s foremost musicians as they present a selection of repertoire from the rich history of the string quartet, featuring Joseph Haydn and more.
The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is dedicated to the artistic and professional development of Australia and New Zealand’s most exceptional young musicians. ANAM’s vision of musicianship is holistic: to develop future music leaders who are distinguished by their artistic skill, imagination, courage, and by their contribution to a vibrant music culture.
A rare opportunity to experience one of the world’s great performers. America’s legendary folk singer, songwriter and activist Joan Baez returns for one concert only in Melbourne. A musical and political force of nature whose influence is incalculable.
Her music encompasses everything from folk rock to country and gospel music. The powerful messages, sung in her passionate, sensitive voice remain as compelling today as when they were first heard.
Tens of thousands of barbershop singers all over the world now perform and compete to deliver spine-tingling, a cappella singing at an ever-improving level. Australia’s top quartets and choruses now rank with the best in the world.
At the 2015 Melbourne Harmony Goldrush, BHA (Barbershop Harmony Australia) National Convention, scores of Australia’s best barbershop singers will appear together with the World Gold Medal (2006) Barbershop Quartet, Vocal Spectrum.
Experience the skill and wonder of a cappella singing; singing without instruments. The vocal phenomenon of “ringing” matched voices creates overtones and a more exciting, harmonious delivery of notes and chords.
Come and see more than 20 choruses and 40 quartets competing for Gold in Hamer Hall, a venue which will surely enhance the pleasure of listening to this fabulous singing art form.