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Happy Birthday! Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

CONTENTS Welcome & Message from Mayor Amanda Findley..................................................................................................................................... I Messages from the Arts Ministers............................................................................................................................................................................................ II Membership – Top V Reasons ................................................................................................................................................................................................... III The Modern Lady is X Years Young ................................................................................................................................................................................... IV X Years of Treasured Memories ...................................................................................................................................................................................................V SHOWS Tapestry | Saturday 10 February | Music ................................................................................................................................................................... VI Grigoryan Brothers | Friday 23 February | Fine Music ............................................................................................................. VIII Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River | Wednesday 28 February | Theatre ............... X Afternoon Tonight! with James Valentine | Saturday 3 March | Comedy ..............................................XII Taha | Tuesday 20 March | Theatre ............................................................................................................................................................................. XIV Mother’s Ruin | Saturday 24 March | Cabaret .......................................................................................................................................... XVI The Celtic Tenors | Saturday 14 April | Classical Crossover ....................................................................................... XVIII Songs from Stage and Screen | Saturday 21 April | Musical Theatre .............................................................. XX Shoalhaven Open Mic: Solos & Duos | Friday 18 May | Local Music ......................................................... XXII Bosom Buddies | Friday 1 June | Theatre ................................................................................................................................................... XXIV Mirusia | Friday 22 June | Classical Crossover ................................................................................................................................. XXVI Ay Pachanga | Saturday 23 June | Music & Dance ............................................................................................................... XXVIII The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Thursday 5 July | Families ............................................................................................. XXX The 78-Storey Treehouse | Wednesday 1 August | Families .................................................................................. XXXII Mission Songs Project | Saturday 11 August | Music .......................................................................................................... XXXIV Roger Woodward Piano Recital | Saturday 18 August | Classical ............................................................. XXXVI Circus Oz: Model Citizens | Friday 24 & Saturday 25 August | Physical Theatre .. XXXVIII Shoalhaven Open Mic: Battle of the Bands | Friday 7 September | Local Music .................... XL A Touch of Grace: Shadow Warrior | Saturday 8 September | Hip Hop & Theatre .......... XLII Josephine Wants to Dance | Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 September | Families Musical ......... XLIV Cathartic | Friday 2 November | Cabaret ....................................................................................................................................................... XLVI Morning Matinees Season ................................................................................................................................................................................................ XLVIII GENERAL INFORMATION Important Information ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... XLIX Encore Food and Beverage Options ................................................................................................................................................................................. L Hiring Our Venue for a Special Occasion ............................................................................................................................................................... LI Access Services | Key Contacts ............................................................................................................................................................................................. LII Thank You to our Supporters .................................................................................................................................................................................................... LIII


W E LC O M E

TO O U R

SEASON X C IT IN G 2 0 1 8

Ten Years Young and going from strength to strength as the City’s premier home to arts and culture, the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre has made its mark and there is more to come. As we reflect on the journey from vision to reality our community’s aspirations for a vibrant, creative hub for community, national and international performing arts has been delivered. But, it’s not just the space, the Centre plays a vital role in building our social bonds through our expressions of self through the arts. It’s where we connect with our community, our country and the world - through music, drama, physical theatre, puppetry and cabaret. The 2018 Season will once again deliver the unexpected. I’m really looking forward to many of the offerings in the year ahead. So my challenge to you is to pencil in four pieces of gold from this season’s program, pick something different now and I will see you at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. Amanda Findley Mayor | Shoalhaven City

We could think of no better way to celebrate the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre’s 10th birthday than to present a varied, vibrant, bold and beautiful 2018 Season in our quest to satisfy the growing and diverse appetite of the Shoalhaven community. We’re super-excited to present our third curated season of performing arts. Vika Bull and Debra Byrne will sing together, Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney will share their stories, and James Valentine promises to have us in stitches. Representing fine music we have National Living Treasure pianist Roger Woodward, guitar sensations the Grigoryan Brothers and singer Mirusia. From Ireland we host The Celtic Tenors, and the touching play Taha comes to us from Palestine. The talented Circus Oz will knock your socks off with their latest show Model Citizens. Some of our favourite children’s stories will be brought to luscious life on our main stage, and we also have cabaret acts, stunning dance, the chance to salsa, sing and more. We look forward to celebrating our 10th birthday with you. Karen Patterson Venue Manager | Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre

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Messages from the Arts Ministers As Minister for the Arts, it is my pleasure to introduce the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre’s 2018 season. Bringing a vibrant mixture of music, drama, physical theatre, comedy and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This year the venue celebrates its 10 year anniversary, a wonderful reminder of the Shoalhaven’s commitment to providing the community and visitors with the opportunity to engage with local and international performing artists. The Australian Government is proud to support Australia’s thriving arts and culture sector and provides a range of funding initiatives to help artists and performers share their work with regional and remote audiences. Congratulations and enjoy the upcoming season. Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield Minister for the Arts

The 2018 Season marks the tenth anniversary of the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, as well as a decade of delivering excellent arts and cultural programming for the Shoalhaven region. The NSW Government is committed to increasing access to high quality and diverse arts and cultural experiences to audiences and participants in regional areas. The Centre plays a vital role in making the Shoalhaven a vibrant place to live, work and visit. The 2018 program is packed full of arts and cultural experiences which are sure to inspire, surprise and delight. I am particularly thrilled that audiences in the Shoalhaven will see Model Citizens by Circus Oz, which also features in the 2018 Sydney Festival program, and Monkey Baa’s children’s musical Josephine Wants to Dance. Monkey Baa was supported with annual program funding through the NSW Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program. I congratulate the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on the 2018 program, and I hope to attend some events during the year.

Ann-Marie Calilhanna

The Hon Don Harwin MLC

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Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council Minister for Resources Minister for Energy and Utilities Minister for the Arts Vice-President of the Executive Council


TOP V REASONS

TO BECOME A MEMBER I ACCESS TO THE BEST SHOWS

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LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP

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IV PRIORITY BOOKING

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SINGLE Membership only $45 per year DOUBLE Membership only $75 per year

XCLUSIVE MEMBER BENEFITS • Lowest prices for all our 2018 Season shows in this brochure. • Discounted prices for other shows when offered by the promoter – often cheaper than concession prices! • Book tickets for the best seats in the house for our 2018 Season shows before they go on sale to the general public. • Invitations to at least three Member events (subject to availability). • VIP invitation for Members and a guest to our 2019 Season Launch in December 2018.

• Regular e-news/mail about upcoming events and offers. • Early bird special offers. • Reduced prices for pre/post-show dining. • 5% discount on purchases at our Encore Café & Bar. We’re open Monday to Friday 8am - 3.30pm and Saturday and Sunday open 90 minutes prior to a show (excludes specials). • Exchange fee waived (when exchanging tickets up to 48 hours prior to the event). • Pay no transaction or mailing fees.

Terms and Conditions: Single Membership benefits listed apply to the named cardholder ONLY and not to Member’s guests. A Member (Single) may purchase tickets for guests but membership prices only apply to the Member’s ticket. Double Membership is based on two names, one address; two separate cards will be issued. Preferred seat allocation (where possible). Membership cards are not transferable and the card must be presented for every transaction if requested. Proof of identity may be requested. Memberships expire 31 December 2018.

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This Modern Lady is X years young 2006

TODAY OVER

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EVENTS IN OUR 10 YEAR HISTORY

The desire for a Cultural Centre was first voiced as far back as 1979. Following the completion of construction of the new Administration Centre in Nowra, Council moved to explore costings and design of a proposed Cultural Centre to be sited next to and connecting with the northern wing of the Administration Centre building. With growing community respect and interest in the arts, the establishment of Council’s Arts Board, and with the IV

establishment and success of the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre the time seemed right to realise the dream. Construction for the state-of-theart Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre began in September 2006 and the Centre was officially opened on Saturday 5 July 2008. It is considered one of the most innovative venues in Australia.

The Architects: The Cox Group Primary Consultant: GHD The Builders: Edwards Constructions


X Years of Treasured Memories Happy 10th Birthday to all at the legendary Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. It really is a very special venue to play on the national tour. The acoustics and design of the front of house area ensure it’s always going to be a great show. And on top of all of that, the technical crew and venue staff are exceptional. Lee Kernaghan | Country Music Artist “ Happy birthday from “ We are so lucky to be Albatross Musical Theatre celebrating Shoalhaven Company! As a community Entertainment Centre’s 10th group we are proud to birthday. I’m very proud say we have grown with to say I have attended you over the 10 years, some of the finest shows. developing our theatre Such talent has been craft in this wonderful showcased in this venue professional space. You and we do not have to allow us to continue bringing leave our local area to the magic of musical theatre witness these shows.” to Shoalhaven audiences.” Sue Gregan Merrin Ross, President Albatross Musical Theatre company

Patron

A massive happy birthday to SEC. Ten years. That’s insane. I’ve been here a few times already and I can’t wait to come back, happy birthday! Guy Sebastian | Music Artist “ Probus Club of Jervis Bay (combined) Inc. congratulate the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on their 10th birthday. It was very difficult to specify a particular show as our favourite, as we attend many in a year. Looking forward to the 2018 shows.” Brian Costello, Cultural Officer Probus Club of Jervis Bay (combined) Inc. V


MUSIC Grows on Trees Productions present

Tapestry The songs of Carole King sung by Vika Bull and Debra Byrne. Carole King’s pop masterpiece, Tapestry is celebrated by two of Australia’s most loved vocalists. Iconic performers Vika Bull and Debra Byrne along with The Brill Band, featuring some of Australia’s finest musicians, reimagine the songs of the “most successful and revered female songwriter in pop music history”. Released in 1971, Tapestry was No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for 15 weeks with over 25 million copies sold worldwide. It is considered as one of the most important pop albums of the 20th century producing the mega hits I Feel the Earth Move, You’ve Got A Friend, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, It’s Too Late and Will You Love Me Tomorrow. This album forms the centrepiece of the Tapestry concert created by the producer/director of the smash hit At Last: The Etta James Story. Musical Director Paul Cecchinelli

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Saturday 10 February | 8pm AUDITORIUM

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Running Time

Approx 2 hrs (incl interval)

Recommended For

All ages. Lovers of great music.

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $70, Adult $75, Conc $72.50


An ecstatic audience cheered, clapped, whistled, hollered‌ Australian Stage

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FINE MUSIC RAZ Music presents

Grigoryan Brothers Songs Without Words

It is not classical, not jazz, not world music... it is the Grigoryan Brothers. Although regarded as Australia’s finest guitar duo performing much of the instrument’s standard classical repertoire, the Grigoryan Brothers’ passion is to expand their horizons through new arrangements, their own compositions and commissions. This ambition can be heard as the brothers take the classical guitar into genres such as jazz, folk and contemporary music. There are no boundaries, only new frontiers to cross. In concert, mix it all together and you have a dimension to guitar-playing rarely seen in the musical world. Performing works from their latest album release, Songs Without Words, the Grigoryan Brothers return to classical repertoire. Featuring songs by composers such as Bach, Elgar, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff, Fauré, De Falla and Ponce. The program will also include works highlighting Slava and Leonard’s diverse skills.

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Friday 23 February | 8pm STUDIO

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Running Time

Approx 1 hr 50 mins (incl interval)

Recommended For

Ages 8+. For lovers of fine music and guitar.

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $44, Adult $49, Conc $46.50


‌guitar playing of uncommon originality and authority. Musicality, expressivity and daring‌

Photo by Simon Shiff

The New York Times

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THEATRE A Stone Soup & Critical Stages Production

Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River By Reg Cribb

A new Australian work about family secrets and love. The Murray family has been farming the land along the Darling River for five generations. For Tom Murray, it’s all he’s ever known. When his childhood friends Lucy and Billy reappear, deep friendships are tested, and secrets, long buried, are finally awakened – Tom must make the long journey downstream to reconcile past wrongs and to fight for his wife. From the multi-award winning screenwriter of Last Cab to Darwin comes a thrilling new Australian drama, with Grant Cartwright in the title role (ABC TV’s Barracuda). Written by Reg Cribb Director Chris Bendall Set & Costume Designer Dann Barber Composer & Sound Designer Kingsley Reeve Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage Producers Pippa Bailey & Chris Bendall Cast Grant Cartwright, Francesca Savige, Nicholas Papademetriou & Bjorn Stewart

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Wednesday 28 February | 8pm AUDITORIUM

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Running Time

Approx 2 hrs 20 mins (incl interval)

Recommended For/Warning

Ages 15+. Occasional coarse language and adult themes.

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $54, Adult $59, Conc $56.50


Big sky. Big river. Big betrayal. Big secrets exposed as the river recedes. Thomas Murray is a lot of play for your money.

Photo by Matthew Duchesne

Sydney Morning Herald

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COMEDY Live Ideas and Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre present

Afternoon Tonight! with James Valentine ABC’s hilarious radio show - but after dark! And in a theatre! Direct from sell out seasons in Sydney, ABC’s James Valentine tours his wildly funny stage show to Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in 2018. Experience all the hilarity of James Valentine’s Afternoon radio program from ABC Radio Sydney but after dark! And in a theatre. Expect live versions of such legendary segments as This Is What I Live With, Ex, The New Normal and Petty Crime Stoppers…they’ll all be there. Who knows, maybe he’ll even attempt…Nothing. You’ll laugh, you’ll crack up and you’ll have something to talk about all weekend!

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Saturday 3 March | 8pm AUDITORIUM

Running Time

Approx 2 hrs (incl interval)

Recommended For

Ages 12+

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $50, Adult $55, Conc $52.50 MEDIA PARTNER

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The finest afternoon broadcaster in the Southern Hemisphere... Margaret Throsby

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THEATRE Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre and Merrigong Theatre Company present

Taha

By Amer Hlehel. Translated by Amir Nizar Zubai. With this small pencil I will draw the word I will write the world… Taha Muhammad Ali is the beautiful optimistic picture of the Palestinian people – and of all of us. In his beloved verses, Taha documents hopeful survival after 50 years of loss – loss of his home, his lover, his friends and his shop in Saffuriyeh in Galilee. Adapted from Adina Hoffman’s biography My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness and the poet’s own works, Palestinian writer-performer Amer Hlehel has created a tour de force solo performance that skillfully interweaves Taha’s singular and exquisite poetry with his compelling life journey. Direction Amir Nizar Zuabi Design Ashraf Hanna Lighting Muaz Jubeh Music Habib Shehadeh Hanna Cast Amer Hlehel

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Tuesday 20 March | 8pm STUDIO Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia

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Running Time

Approx. 1 hr 5 mins (no interval)

Recommended For

People who love great true stories. Ages 12+. Contains adult themes.

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $44, Adult $49, Conc $46.50

Taha was created with the support of the A. M. Qattan Foundation


Rich, vivid‌ acutely moving. Simply beautiful.

Photo by Saheer Oubaid

The Times

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CABARET MILKE and blackcat productions in association with The Ginstress

Mother’s Ruin A Cabaret about Gin.

Lose yourself in the company of sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in this darkly comic cabaret. With tipsy candour, rising cabaret stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood take us on a sublime musical journey through the history of ‘mother’s ruin’, aka gin. They stumble and soar through 18th Century London, a few New York speakeasies, colonial India, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru. Brimming with music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, The Popes, The Pretenders and more, Mother’s Ruin premiered to full houses and critical acclaim at Sydney Festival, Adelaide and Melbourne Cabaret Festivals, and they recently sold out their run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Director Anthea Williams Musical Director Jeremy Brennan Writers Maeve Marsden with Elly Baxter (The Ginstress) Jeremy Brennan, Libby Wood and Anthea Williams Cast Maeve Marsden, Libby Wood, Jeremy Brennan Producer Laura Milke-Garner

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Saturday 24 March | 8pm STUDIO

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Running Time

Approx 60 mins (no interval)

Recommended For

Ages 15+

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $44, Adult $49, Conc $46.50


Not everybody falls in love with gin, but I can’t imagine too many audience members could resist the charms of Mother’s Ruin. Daily Review

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CLASSICAL CROSSOVER Duet Productions presents

The Celtic Tenors Starring Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson, Daryl Simpson The Irish songbook tour of Australia. When you put together three brilliant tenor voices with natural Irish brogue, singing spine-tingling Classical, Folk, Irish, Gaelic and Pop favourites in stacked three-part harmonies, then mix them up with quick-witted banter, you have The Celtic Tenors. The charismatic, globe-trotting trio are the most successful classical crossover artists ever to have toured from Ireland. They just sing songs they love and they most certainly don’t take themselves too seriously. It’s all about the music, the harmonies and the fun. Three unique solo voices, but when called upon - one tenor sound!

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Saturday 14 April | 8pm AUDITORIUM

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Running Time

Approx 2 hrs (incl interval)

Recommended For

Ages 5+

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $70, Adult $75, Conc $72.50


A complete package of crossover entertainment. A totally exhilarating experience. Bahrain Tribune

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MUSICAL THEATRE Cre8ion presents

Songs from Stage and Screen Featuring The 7 Sopranos

A glamorous journey through the hits of 1950s radio and television. Take a step back in time to 1956. Think nylons, record players and eye-poppin’ lipstick. It was the year when Marilyn Monroe sizzled in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and families gathered around the wireless for their news and entertainment each night. Radio broadcasters predict that television will be the death of radio. For five years the voices of Australia’s favourite radio show have seduced audiences across Australia every Saturday night. With gorgeous harmonies and perfect arrangements from acclaimed composers such as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Gershwin, and Mancini, the sopranos have captured the hearts of a nation. Our stars, The 7 Sopranos must transform themselves from radio stars to TV stars. Will they succeed?

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Saturday 21 April | 8pm AUDITORIUM WORKSHOP Saturday 21 April

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Running Time

Approx 1 hr 50 mins (incl interval)

Recommended For

Ages 10+. Lovers of all things retro.

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $60, Adult $65, Conc $62.50

Musical Theatre. Refer to our website for further information.


I’ve died and gone to heaven. Ridiculous, just so good, astonishing! A triumph, a triumph.�

Photo by Sherbet Birdie

Radio 2GB

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LOCAL MUSIC Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre presents

Shoalhaven Open Mic: Solos & Duos Showcasing the best of local talent. Our popular search for a star competition is back, bigger and better! If you’re a soloist or part of a duo then here’s your chance to perform in front of an audience at the impressive Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. Artists of all ages will be competing for some fantastic prizes including cash and a chance to perform at the Shoalhaven River Festival in October 2018. To enter you must register by 5pm, Friday 27 April, to be in the running for a timeslot on the night. Limited spots are available. You can download a registration form from our website. Refer page XL for our Battle of the Bands competition. It’s a great night out, so if you’re not a performer but love live music then grab a group of friends and support local talent.

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Friday 18 May | 7.30pm AUDITORIUM

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Running Time

Approx 3 hrs (incl interval)

Recommended For

All ages

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $12, Adult $15


It was a great night! We can’t wait for the next one.

Photo of Daisy Pring by Tracey Leigh Images

Audience Member, Sep 2017

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THEATRE A Christine Dunstan Production

Bosom Buddies Starring Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney. Two theatrical legends, one remarkable story. She is Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre. He is Australia’s favourite song and dance man. Together on stage, these two stars are brightly shining. Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney are pals, chums, bosom buddies. Both are multi-award winners and true showbiz legends. In this new show, they reflect on their stage careers and their lives off stage as well as on! They sing, they dance, they reminisce - about the lows as well as the highs. They tell back stage stories never before told and they show video footage never before seen. This true story is, in turns, moving, poignant and hilarious. As part of each performance the audience is invited to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask. Answers guaranteed! Devised by Peter J Adams Director Jason Langley Lighting Designer Trudy Dalgleish Musical Director Michael Tyack

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Friday 1 June 11am & 8pm

Running Time

Approx 2 hrs 20 mins (incl interval)

Recommended For

Ages 15+. For lovers of song and dance, and storytelling.

AUDITORIUM

Tickets

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Nancye Hayes is a master in keeping an audience riveted. The Age

McKenney outshines the sequins on his shirts. Herald Sun

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CLASSICAL CROSSOVER Duet Productions presents

Mirusia From the Heart. Celebrated as the ‘Angel of André Rieu’, Mirusia is an Australian-Dutch soprano who at the age of 21, was announced as the youngest winner ever of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. After this prestigious award she has gone on to win many more awards and break many records with André Rieu and as a solo artist. Mirusia is also an ARIA #1 Chart Award winning recording artist. Her new album From The Heart is already selling exceptionally well in Europe and has recently been released in Australia. Her live solo concerts include opera favourites, original compositions, classical crossover, movie and popular songs.

“I’m proud to have been there from the start and to see her career take off. After having worked with this incredibly talented young lady I can only wish her all the best in her solo career.“ André Rieu

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Friday 22 June | 8pm AUDITORIUM

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Running Time

Approx 2 hrs (incl interval)

Recommended For

Ages 5+

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $55, Adult $60, Conc $57.50


Be prepared to be swept away as you listen to the soaring voice of vocalist Mirusia‌ perfect technique and great sense of dramatic flair. The Culture Concept

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MUSIC & DANCE Produced by Cadencia Productions and presented in association with Musica Viva Australia

Ay Pachanga The Latin party of the year. Following sell-out shows in Sydney, Ay Pachanga celebrates the world’s largest Latin label, Fania Records, and the music that made it famous. Founded in New York in 1964, Fania Records produced Latin music stars such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Ray Barreto, Willie Colon, and Ruben Blades, and showcased a melting pot of musical influences derived from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, America and Panama. Music Director Martin Taylor (Mucho Mambo) performs with a stellar line-up of top Australian musicians performing Latin boogaloo, salsa, and mambo - the Latin sounds of the ’60s and ’70s. Joining them on stage are award-winning dancers in a colourful showcase, celebrating the street styles of Latin New York in the Fania era. Producer Anna Griffiths Music Director Martin Taylor Choreographer Maya Sheridan-Martinez

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Saturday 23 June | 8pm STUDIO WORKSHOP Saturday 23 June

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Running Time

Approx 1 hr 10 mins (no interval)

Recommended For

Ages 16+. For salsa dance and music lovers.

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $44, Adult $49, Conc $46.50

Salsa Class with Airagdin Pavon More. Refer our website for further information.


The chemistry between the dancers and the musicians immersed the audience in the world of Latin New York – and they LOVED it!

Photo by Gerrie Mifsud

Richard Petkovic, Sydney Sacred Music Festival Director

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FAMILIES JWR Productions Australia & Michael Sieders present

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Based on Eric Carle’s books

This is a timeless classic for all generations. One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family. Journey through Eric Carle’s incredible stories as they come to life on stage in this enchanting show. Featuring some other delightful characters from three of Eric Carle’s bestselling classics tales including, The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, Mr. Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly. This Australian made show will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first-time theatre-goers. While for those who grew up with these books will delight in experiencing one of the most popular children’s books ever written come to life on stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller Director Naomi Edwards Producer Michael Sieders Set Designer James Browne Puppets created by Puppet Kitchen Costume Designer Andrea Espinoza Lighting Designer Nicholas Rayment Composer / Sound Designer Nate Edmondson Composer Steven Baker

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Thursday 5 July | 10.30am, 1pm & 6pm

Running Time

Approx 50 mins (no interval)

Recommended For

Ages 3+

AUDITORIUM

Tickets

Student Group 8+/Conc $18, Regular $25

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Beautiful, rhythmic and faithful to the author’s works, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a triumph for first time theatregoers. Time Out

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FAMILIES A CDP Kids Production

The 78-Storey Treehouse

A Play by Richard Tulloch Adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton The team behind The 13, 26 and 52-Storey Treehouses live on stage. Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility (guarded by one very angry duck!) and even an open-air movie theatre. Speaking of movies, our friends are going to be famous! The legendary Mr Big Shot has arrived to make a Hollywood blockbuster! But when his first step is to fire Andy and replace him with a monkey – well, a gibbon named Mel Gibbon – the battle is on. Will the Treehouse Blockbuster ever get made? Who will win the battle of Andy and Terry? And why are those mysterious spy cows turning up everywhere?

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Wednesday 1 August 11am, 1pm, 6pm

Running Time

Approx 60 mins (no interval)

Recommended For

Ages 6-12 years and their adults. A small amount of theatrical haze.

AUDITORIUM

Tickets

Student Group 8+/Conc $18, Regular $25

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MUSIC Produced by Jessie Lloyd. Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia

Mission Songs Project

Exploring the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music. Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the songs sung on Christian missions, state-run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated. These unique songs consist of almost forgotten stories that shed light into the history of Indigenous elders, families and communities. Through the secular songs that were sung after church, Mission Songs Project explores the day-today life of the mission days, from cultural identity to love and loss. Combining storytelling with gorgeous harmonies performed by some of Australia’s finest Indigenous vocalists, Mission Songs Project infuses historical context and moving personal experiences into the tunes sung from the mission days, and is warm, humorous and heartfelt. Music Director/Guitarist Jessie Lloyd Vocalists Jessie Lloyd, Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe, Jessica Hitchcock

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Saturday 11 August | 8pm STUDIO WORKSHOP

Friday 10 August | 2pm

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Running Time

Approx 65 mins (no interval)

Recommended For

All ages. For history, story and song lovers.

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $44, Adult $49, Conc $46.50

Indigenous Songs and Stories. Refer our website for further information.


Stand out artists of the (National Folk) Festival.

Photo by Chris Frape

Rhythms Magazine

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CLASSICAL

Roger Woodward Piano Recital Featuring works by Chopin and Debussy. Internationally celebrated pianist Roger Woodward is one of the most revered and adventurous artists of our time. He has worked to great acclaim with most of the world’s celebrated orchestras and conductors, including Abbado, Mehta, Maazel and Dutoit. One of Australia’s National Living Treasures, he is a Companion of the Order of Australia, a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, a recipient of the Polish Order of Merit, Order of the British Empire and a Fellow of the Chopin Institute (Warsaw). His concert appearances and recording activities continue to attract exceptional international reviews, confirming his place in the highest echelon of living pianists.

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Saturday 18 August | 2pm AUDITORIUM

IN DISCUSSION Friday 17 August | 11am

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Running Time

Approx 1 hr 35 mins (incl interval)

Recommended For

All ages. Lovers of classical piano and fine music.

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $44, Adult $49, Conc $46.50

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Members/Conc/Groups/U30 $40, Adult $45

Join Roger Woodward in discussion with journalist Richard Morecroft, followed by a two-course lunch. Refer our website for further information.


Woodward’s virtuosity served the highest artistic ends‌ exalted, even sublime in character.

Photo: Limelight Magazine

The Guardian, London

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PHYSICAL THEATRE Circus Oz

Model Citizens We Dare You. Celebrating their 40th year, Circus Oz explodes onto the stage, audaciously unpacking the myths of modern Australia in their latest high octane circus show Model Citizens, the first creation for the company by Artistic Director Rob Tannion. Stunningly lit and driven by a sensational live music soundtrack, Model Citizens unfolds within a cleverly designed model-kit world that challenges perspective, scale and concepts of normality. Exposing circus skills in unconventional ways, Model Citizens presents stunning group acrobatics with a twist. It’s a visually and emotionally charged journey by the multi-talented Circus Oz ensemble.

ENCORE DINING SHOW PACKAGE AVAILABLE

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Friday 24 August 7.30pm Saturday 25 August 1pm & 7.30pm AUDITORIUM

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Running Time

Approx 2 hrs 20 mins (incl interval)

Recommended For/Warning

All ages. May feature fire, smoke machines and strobe lighting. Features animals that are 100% human. Member/Group 8+/U30 $40, Adult $45, Conc $42.50, Child (2-18 years) $35

Tickets


Model Citizens is colourful, well-choreographed and doesn’t have a dull second.

Photo by Rob Blackburn

The Australian

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LOCAL MUSIC Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre presents

Shoalhaven Open Mic: Battle of the Bands The best local bands get ready to battle it out! If you’re looking to battle it out with other great bands to see who can get the crowd to their feet at the impressive Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, then here’s your chance! Artists of all ages will be competing for some fantastic prizes including cash and a chance to perform at the Shoalhaven River Festival in October 2018. To enter you must register by 5pm, Friday 17 August, to be in the running for a timeslot on the night. Limited spots are available. You can download a registration form from our website. Refer page XXII for our Solos & Duos competition. It’s a great night out, so if you’re not a performer but love live music then grab a group of friends and support local talent.

ENCORE DINING SHOW PACKAGE AVAILABLE

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Friday 7 September 7.30pm

Running Time

Approx 3 hrs (incl interval)

Recommended For

All ages

AUDITORIUM

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $12, Adult $15

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Photo of Debbie’s Disco Biskuts by Tracey Leigh Images

So good! Well done everyone! Audience Member, Sep 2017

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HIP HOP & THEATRE Phunktional presents

A Touch of Grace: Shadow Warrior From a hut in the jungle in the Philippines to Australia and instant celebrity. Australian breakdancing champion, Demi Sorono, shines in this one woman show A Touch of Grace: Shadow Warrior. Join Demi on her incredible journey from village life in the Philippines, to Australia and instant celebrity on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance. Masterfully transitioning between characters, Demi tells her story with grace, honesty and humour. Featuring the tunes of MC Julez, original songs by Demi, animation by Sebastian Fowler and stunning dance moves, this show is a feast for the eyes, ears and heart. Performer, Choreographer, Co-creator Demi Sorono Director, Choreographer, Co-creator Gerard Veltre Music Producer MC Julez Animation Artist Sebastian Fowler

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Running Time Approx 55 mins (no interval) Saturday 8 September | 8pm Recommended Ages 17+. Some smoke on stage.

STUDIO

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For/Warning Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30 $44, Adult $49, Conc $46.50


Demi Sorono charms with deft display. Sydney Morning Herald

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FAMILIES MUSICAL Monkey Baa Theatre Company presents

Josephine Wants to Dance Based on the picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley A story about dreams, believing in yourself... and a dancing kangaroo. From the award-winning duo of Diary of a Wombat comes a brand new Australian musical based on the hugely popular picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Josephine is a kangaroo - who loves to dance. Her little brother, Joey, tells her that kangaroos don’t dance, they hop - but Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air. When a ballet troupe comes to the sleepy town of Shaggy Gully Josephine learns that there is another way to dance - ballet. On the day of the first performance the Ballet Company was in trouble: the prima ballerina had twisted her ankle and the understudy had a splinter in her toe! Who could dance the lead role? Who else could leap that high? Written by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry Director Jonathan Biggins Composer Philip Scott Choreographer Tim Harbour, The Australian Ballet

ENCORE CAFÉ & BAR Open for lunch and snacks

Monday 17 September | 6pm Tuesday 18 September | 10am, 12pm AUDITORIUM

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Running Time

Approx 45 mins (no interval)

Recommended For/Warning

Ages 4+. Some fog/smoke effects

Tickets

Student Group 8+/Conc $18, Regular $25


(Monkey Baa) show kids how ideas and characters can be translated from one artform to another. They take them on an adventure of the mind and spirit. Jackie French

ŠBruce Whatley 2006, from Josephine Wants to Dance by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Published by Harper Collins Australia.

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CABARET Tenacious C presents

Cathartic Starring Catherine Alcorn

The award-winning chanteuse returns with her brand new cabaret. [kuh-thar-tic] 1. the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art or music. Cathartic is Catherine Alcorn’s hot new hit! Adored by audiences for her portrayals as Bette Midler and Christine McVie, Catherine makes her anticipated return to Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre with her voluptuous voice and killer wit in tow. Nominated for Best Cabaret Show at the 2016 Sydney Theatre Critics Awards, Cathartic is Catherine’s chance to let it all out and invite you in to an evening of observations and over-sharing. Full of hilarity, heart and hailed by critics as “brilliantly playful” and “a wickedly inviting sense of humour” with “a voice to die for”, Catherine and her three-piece band sizzle in this cabaret confessional using rearranged songs by everyone from Blondie to Beyoncé to help tell the tales of her meteoric rise to where she is today; the middle. Don’t miss your chance to spend an evening with one of Australia’s most loved entertainers. Starring Catherine Alcorn Written by Catherine Alcorn, with a little help from Phil Scott Arrangements by Catherine Alcorn, Jeremy Brennan, Glenn Moorhouse and Jamie Castrisos

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Friday 2 November | 8pm STUDIO

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Running Time

Approx 1 hr 15 mins (no interval)

Recommended For

Ages 18+

Tickets

Member/Group 8+/U30: $44, Adult $49, Conc $46.50


Brilliantly playful. Cathartic is first rate.

Photo by Daniel Boud

Daily Review

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We have Xciting treats in store for you and your friends in 2018! Great entertainment and complimentary morning tea.

Classic Country

Wednesday 14 March | 11am Starring one of Australia’s ARIA charted stars, Alana Conway.

A Fine Romance

Tuesday 1 May | 11am A singing, dancing tribute to Fred Astaire.

Phil Scott Sings Lionel Bart

Friday 6 July | 11am Starring comedy legend and Wharf Revue star Phil Scott.

What’s New Pussycat?

Tuesday 4 September | 11am The hits of Tom Jones and other legends from the ’60s & ’70s.

Those Magic Movie Moments Friday 2 November | 11am Catherine Alcorn performs songs from movie classics.

TenOrZ Downunder – A TenOrZ Christmas

Wednesday 5 December | 11am A Christmas celebration with three great Australian tenors.

SAVE!

Purchase tickets to five of our matinees and you will receive a ticket to the sixth FREE. Member/Group 8+ $20, Conc $25, Adult $27

Stay after the show and enjoy a delicious two-course lunch with your friends. Member $20 | Regular $22.50 Lunch bookings and pre-ordering are essential. XLVIII


Important Information How to Book Online: www.shoalhavenentertainment.com.au In Person: Box Office Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Bridge Road, Nowra Phone: 1300 788 503 Reserved Seating Tickets are issued for reserved seating in the Studio and Auditorium unless otherwise stated. Proof of Concession/Under 30 (U30) Poof of concession and proof of age must be produced when booking tickets, and may also be requested prior to admission to the theatre. U30 tickets not available online. Ticket Fees No transaction fee applies for counter bookings. A $5.50 transaction fee applies to telephone bookings and a $1 transaction fee applies to online bookings. Members do not pay any transaction fees. Postage (if required) is $4.50 per order. Refunds Tickets cannot be refunded after purchase except if an event is cancelled, rescheduled or significantly relocated as outlined in the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice. For more details visit www.liveperformance.com.au Exchanging Tickets Patrons are charged $4.50 per ticket, per exchange, and original tickets must be returned to the Box Office at least 24 hours prior to the earliest

performance. Members do not pay an exchange fee (when exchanging tickets up to 48 hours prior to the event). Parking Free car parking is available at the venue or in surrounding car parks and streets but can be quite limited during business hours and peak times. Patrons should allow approximately 30 minutes to park and be seated. Latecomers Until there is a suitable break in the performance, latecomers will not be admitted to the Studio or Auditorium. Cameras and Recording Equipment Due to copyright requirements and to ensure an enjoyable theatre experience for all patrons, cameras and recording equipment are not permitted in the Studio or Auditorium. Mobile Phones Out of consideration for the artists and fellow patrons, mobile phones, audible paging devices and alarm watches must be turned off while in the Studio and Auditorium. Dress Standard Most events have no stated dress code. Best advice is to dress to suit the type of event you are attending but “neat casual” is generally a good guide. Terms of Entry Terms of Entry are printed on the reverse of your tickets. Please read these and be aware of all parties’ obligations.

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Encore Food & Beverage Options Our impressive dining spaces are the ideal place to meet with friends and family.

Encore Show Dining Packages Pre-show or post-show dining packages are available for most shows. Enjoy fresh and mouthwatering cuisine in our Gallery Restaurant. All our meals are prepared for you using fresh, local produce. Check the event details on our website for information regarding the meal package available for each show. Dining bookings are essential. To

ensure you don’t miss out, please book and pre-order your meal at least one week prior to the show by calling our Box Office. Encore Bar Menu Packages For selected shows, enjoy our bar menu and beverage package. Menus are on our website in the event details for each show. Beverages included in the package are house wine, beer, tea, coffee or soft drink.

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre Members enjoy a 5% discount. Conditions apply. See our website.

Our Encore CafĂŠ & Bar serves a selection of hot drinks, sweets and cakes, assorted sandwiches and light meals, there is a fully licensed bar. On show nights, you can also enjoy quick snacks. Open: Monday to Friday 8am - 3.30pm | Saturday and Sunday 90 minutes prior to a show L


Hiring our Venue for a Special Occasion Our packages are unique, and tailored to suit your individual needs. Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre is committed to excellence, quality and providing the very best experience for private functions and exclusive cocktail parties, corporate and gala dinners. We can organise and theme your event to suit your style to make your event as individual as you are. Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre’s catering embodies quality, style and service. We can cater for corporate events, including board meetings, training sessions, and conferences. We also offer packages for weddings, formals, and wakes. We offer a number of flexible rooms, with a range of set-up options, conference support, custom catering and a long list of conference facilities. Our two main theatres (Auditorium and Studio), can hold 914 and 192 people, in theatre style seating, respectively. For further information about our services please call us on 02 4429 5752 or visit our website.

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Access Services Access Services Companion Card

Mobility Assistance Selected seats in each theatre are held for patrons who use wheelchairs or have other mobility concerns. Patrons should advise the Box Office at the time of booking their seats.

Companion card holders are entitled to a ticket for their companion free of charge. These can only be booked in person or by phoning the Box Office. Please present your companion card when you collect your tickets.

We recommend you book early as spaces are limited. Hearing Assistance The Studio and Auditorium theatres are equipped with an induction hearing loop compatible with T-switch hearing aids. Patrons should advise the Box Office at the time of booking their seats.

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Thank You Supporters of shows in our 2018 Season The producers of the following shows have been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory board. Ay Pachanga, Josephine Wants to Dance, Mission Projects Song, Model Citizens, The 78-Storey Treehouse, Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River These projects are supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW. Ay Pachanga, Josephine Wants to Dance, Mission Projects Song, Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia Taha

Model Citizens

Josephine Wants to Dance

Media Partner

Afternoon Tonight! with James Valentine

Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River

Radio Media Partner

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Shoalhaven Open Mic Events

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2018 Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre Season Brochure  
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