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20 season cessnock performing arts centre

welcome to CPAC

Classics with a wicked twist, riotous satires, family favourites presenting our 2020 Season!

CPAC prides itself on providing something for everyone, and each year we strive to provide live entertainment experiences for our audiences that embrace the eclectic scope of our industry. From brilliant Australian and international theatre productions through to innovative and expressive dance; from the cream of the comedy crop to original live music and acts that capture the essence of the music greats. We are delighted to present a program in 2020 that is diverse, innovative and just plain good fun! Brian Castles-Onion is back with a brand-new show A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, developed especially for CPAC. We also have an exciting new production of H.M.S. PINAFORE - presented by Hayes Theatre - that puts a thoroughly modern twist on this classic piece of theatre. Shake & Stir Theatre Co. will be delivering a simply brilliant interpretation of the timeless George Orwell tale ANIMAL FARM, and Jonathan Biggins returns with his Australia-wide sell-out success THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL - a hit with CPAC audiences in 2019. Building strong and enduring relationships with our patrons is an integral part of our daily operations. It’s great to have patrons telling you how much they enjoy the program, and seeing them come back time and time again. One of the most satisfying aspects of our business is seeing the reactions of our patrons – especially the excitement of young children coming to see a performance. This year we have an abundance of excellent productions specifically for younger audiences and their families THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD, THE CAT IN THE HAT, DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR and LOOSE ENDS will all be coming to CPAC during the 2020 school holidays. Time and again we hear from people coming to events at CPAC just how great it is to not have to travel to see a show, with the calibre of performances being on par with Sydney. The past twelve months has seen our audience increase by 21%, largely a reflection of the high calibre of our programming - in fact, one of our fastest growing demographics is patrons travelling from areas outside of our Local Government Area to see performances at CPAC – they love the intimacy of the venue. I hope that you enjoy the 2020 Season and help us to grow our audience even further, I look forward to seeing you in the New Year. As always don’t forget to keep an eye on the website as new performances are regularly added to our What’s On section. You can also find out what’s coming up by following us on Facebook.

Vicki Sienczuk Centre Coordinator


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volunteer at CPAC If you have a love of theatre and would like to gain experience in the performing arts industry then become a CPAC volunteer! Our volunteers are essential in providing audience members with information about the centre, assisting them to locate their seats, watching over the audience during performances and serving behind our bar during interval. Contact the CPAC Box Office on 4993 4266 or visit for further information on how you can get involved.

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre is owned and operated by Cessnock City Council.


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7 February

CPAC 2020


Join us in celebrating a brand new year full of amazing shows with our 2020 SEASON LAUNCH! This year we’ll be bringing you a night filled with local talents ready to set the stage on fire with live music, dance and theatre performances curated specifically for our 2020 Season Launch. The evening will also provide a preview of some of the amazing shows that make up our 2020 season. A selection of canapés and sparkling wine will be served in the foyer from 7:15pm, then followed by an evening of entertainment in the auditorium from 8pm. As always, we’ve got a few extra surprises up our sleeves, so gather your friends and get ready for a night of fun and frivolity!




7 March A HAYES THEATRE CO. production Music by Arthur Sullivan, libretto by W.S. Gilbert Everyone’s favourite musical duo Gilbert & Sullivan bring us mistaken identity, class warfare, sisters, sailors and the trickiest of tongue twisters! Set sail on the high seas with this beloved comedy a nautical caper of star-crossed lovers and mismatched marriages. Award winning director, Kate Gaul, makes her Hayes Theatre Co debut with this re-imagined, gender-bending, hyper-theatrical and kinky take on this Gilbert & Sullivan classic. Featuring the infectious tunes I am the Monarch of the Sea, I’m Called Little Buttercup and He is an Englishman, H.M.S. PINAFORE is a sharp satire of the English social hierarchical system of the Victorian Age. Pinafore’s extraordinary popularity in Britain, America and elsewhere was followed by the similar success of a series of Gilbert and Sullivan works, including The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. Don’t miss out on this rollicking farce and get set for some hysterical hi-jinks on the high seas. Director Kate Gaul Musical Director Zara Stanton Choreographer Ash Bee Production Designer Melanie Liertz Lighting Designer Fausto Brusamolino Sound Designer Nate Edmondson Starring Thomas Campbell, Tobias Cole, Rory O’Keefe, Billie Palin, Katherine Allen, Gavin Brown, Jermaine Chau, Sean Hall, Bobbie Jean Henning, Zara Stanton, Dominic Lui, Zachary Selmes

SATURDAY, 7 MARCH - 8PM DURATION 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING INTERVAL Adult $52.00 // Concession and Group (8+) $47.00 // CPAC Member $45.00 9


14 March Do you dream of reliving the good old days? Well don’t miss THE ROBERTSON BROTHERS 1960’s TV VARIETY SHOW with special guest Simon Brook McLachlan - from the original cast of the hit musical, Jersey Boys. After a massive 2019, the boys are back with a brand new show! Take a trip down memory lane with this amazing interactive live TV Variety Show featuring the hits from: The Seekers, Bee Gees, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Neil Sedaka and The Everly Brothers! The Robertson Brothers grew up in a home that appreciated the Variety TV Show. When designing this new live touring show they decided to reinvent the magic and diversity of the old school 1960’s Variety TV shows. With a rockin’ live band and an amazing multimedia presentation, expect to be entertained by many of the Classic Hits from the ‘60s. Through the prism of the Variety TV show format, you’ll travel back in time to embrace and celebrate all the hits of these 1960’s Music Legends. You’ll be singing, dancing, laughing and crying to Georgy Girl, Morningtown Ride, I’ll Never Find Another You, Oh Carol, Calendar Girl, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, Spicks and Specks, To Love Somebody, Massachusetts, I Started A Joke, Got To Get A Message To You, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Let’s Hang On, Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Cathy’s Clown, Bus Stop, plus so many more in this celebration of your favourite 1960’s Superstars!

SATURDAY, 14 MARCH - 8PM DURATION 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES, INCLUDING INTERVAL Adult $69.00 // Concession or Group (6+) $65.00 // Family $250.00 (2 adults, 2 kids) // Child (12 and under) $60.00 // CPAC Member $65.00



21 April CPAC proudly presents, a CDP with TALL STORIES’ magical musical adaptation of THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD, adapted from the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood… If you loved The Gruffalo, don’t miss the sequel, which returns following previous sellout Australian tours – now in a new West End production! Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in this magical musical adaptation of the muchloved picture book. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist...does he? The team behind The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The 13-, 26-, 52-, 78- and 91-Storey Treehouses return with THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD, bringing together physical theatre, music and puppetry to deliver songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up, and their adults… Can’t fail to please - Brisbane Courier Mail This brave little offspring of the Gruffalo captures the young audience and keeps it entranced… plenty of audience involvement to keep the kids active and engaged - Stage Whispers

TUESDAY, 21 APRIL - 12PM AND 2PM DURATION 55 MINUTES, NO INTERVAL. Tickets $25.00 Children aged 3 years and under are free on the knee

This dramatisation of THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD is based on the picture book THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD © illustrations 2004 Axel Scheffler and © text 2004 Julia Donaldson published by Macmillan Children’s Books



THE CAT 24 April

Presented by SHOWCASE ENTERTAINMENT Few children’s books have stood the test of time quite like Dr Seuss’s 200 word masterpiece THE CAT IN THE HAT. As the top selling children’s author of all time, the story is as popular now as it was in the 1950’s when Oxford University-educated Theodor ‘Seuss’ Geissel wrote the book. Now both children and adults alike are sure to be left in raptures by this zany and imaginative stage show, that will bring the much-loved children’s phenomenon to life. The Cat in the Hat interrupts a boring, rainy afternoon with his unexpected visit to Sally and her brother’s home. Their outspoken and outraged pet Fish is astounded, but this cat will not be deterred. He will teach us all to make our own fun with nothing but a little imagination. Along with Thing One and Thing Two, the Cat will fill the theatre with mischievous humour and madcap style.

IN THE HAT Over two years in the planning and fresh from a sold out tour of New Zealand, THE CAT IN THE HAT features a full scale set of the house and over 70 props that the cast use to bring to life every detail of the well-known book. Young and old alike will delight in this adaptation of a classic book come to life before our very eyes.

FRIDAY, 24 APRIL - 10AM AND 12:30PM DURATION 50 MINUTES, NO INTERVAL Tickets $27.50 // Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) $100.00 // Group (10+) $20.00 15

The Triumphant Return of 2019’s

CPAC presents Soft Tread’s

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL Written and performed by Jonathan Biggins

One of Australia’s favourite performers, Jonathan Biggins, is Paul Keating – visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser – in the return of the 2019 smash hit comedy, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL. Full of intelligence and wit, this production is a funny, insightful and occasionally poignant portrait of Paul Keating. The man that - as he tells it – single-handedly shaped contemporary Australia.

12 May

Hit Sellout Show!

Photography Brett Boardman

Like so many Australians, Jonathan has long been fascinated by Keating and what Keating means to Australia. Showcasing his eviscerating wit, rich rhetoric and ego the size of Everest, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL distils Keating’s essence into 90 minutes, focusing on key biographical milestones, landmark political achievements and personal obsessions. It shows the man who grew up in the tribe of the Labor Party and gained an education at the knee of Jack Lang, who treated economics as an artform, and demanded we confront the wrongs of our colonial past. Biggins asks the question - what can we learn today from this singular politician, and the momentous time in our country’s history he dominated? Contains coarse language. Recommended for ages 15+

TUESDAY, 12 MAY - 8PM DURATION 90 MINUTES, NO INTERVAL Adult $55.00 // Concession, Group (8+) or CPAC Member $50.00



4 June Australia’s favourite comedy convoy is locked, loaded and hitting every corner of the country! Join our diverse line-up of the hottest acts direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for a very special show that is sure to tickle everyone’s funny bone. Featuring a cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and special guest international performers, we’re home-delivering Australia’s largest comedy festival in one jam-packed night of the biggest and best belly laughs you’ll have all year. For over twenty years the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW has presented an all killer, no filler night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song to towns and cities across Australia. From Mandurah to Mackay, Devonport to Darwin and 80 destinations in between, this really is the rip-roaring road trip of a lifetime! Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older.

THURSDAY, 4 JUNE - 8PM DURATION 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES, INCLUDING INTERVAL Adult $50.00 // Group (4+) $40.00 // CPAC Member $45.00 19

10-11 July Disney’s

ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. Presented by HUNTER DRAMA Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.

The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Hunter Drama is renowned for staging lavish, colourful and entertaining productions. Alice in Wonderland JR. is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 2020! FRIDAY, 10 JULY - 11AM AND 7PM SATURDAY, 11 JULY - 2PM AND 7PM Tickets $39.00 // Concession $34.00 Children aged 2 years and under are free on the knee


MOTHER Presented by JALLY ENTERTAINMENT She’s back! Everyone’s favourite forgetful mum is headed to Cessnock!

15 July

From the creator of the hit TV series Mother & Son, comes a delightful stage comedy featuring Maggie, Arthur, Robert and Liz. Geoffrey Atherden penned the first episodes in 1984 creating an instant classic. Now, many years later, he has done it again! Julie McGregor and Christopher Truswell will take on the roles made famous by Ruth Cracknell and Garry McDonald in this nostalgic trip down “loss-of-memory lane”. MOTHER & SON reinvigorates a treasured Australian comedy icon with Atherden’s distinctive brand of acerbic wit, mixing together the sweet, the sharp, the savage and the sad in Maggie and Arthur’s complex, dysfunctional relationship.

& SON This freshened version of the beloved Logie Awardwinning show finds long-suffering second son Arthur Beare hoping for the chance to finally take his new flame Anita away on a little holiday. His only chance for a break however involves recruiting help from his successful but selfish brother Robert – but the firstborn favourite has enough on his hands. The philandering dentist has been doing distinctly unhygienic things with his hygienist – and when his wife finds out, Arthur’s troubles double as Robert lands on the doorstep. It doesn’t help that manipulative Maggie is in fine form and sabotaging Arthur’s chances of romance at every turn.

WEDNESDAY, 15 JULY - 8PM DURATION 2 HOURS 10 MINUTES, INCLUDING INTERVAL Adult $55.00 // Group (6+) $50.00 // Concession or CPAC Member $48.00



22 August CPAC proudly presents the triumphant return of Cessnock’s Favourite Son! Spend A NIGHT AT THE OPERA with Australia’s most brilliant and witty Opera Conductor Brian Castles-Onion, as he shares his crazy on-stage moments, funniest anecdotes as well as his passion for Opera! Born in Cessnock, Brian Castles-Onion is one of Australia’s most exciting and well-known opera conductors. Completing his tertiary studies at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, his outstanding achievements speak for themselves. His career expands internationally having worked at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Julliard School of Music. He has worked at the Rossini Festival in Italy, held the position of Artistic Director of Canterbury Opera in New Zealand and currently continues his long run association with Opera Australia. In concert, Brian Castles-Onion is a celebrated compère as well as conductor. He was on the podium for Opera Australia’s 40th Anniversary Gala and The Robert Allman Farewell Gala and conducted the Joan Sutherland State Memorial Service – which was broadcast internationally on television and radio. After 2019’s wildly successful show The Maestro & The Diva with Geraldine Turner, Brian Castles-Onion returns in this very special night of music created especially for CPAC audiences. You’ll hear and fall in love again with the most beautiful and thrilling arias and duets from Puccini, Verdi, Rossini and others, performed by two of Australia’s brightest operatic talents, Lorina Gore (Soprano) and Luke Gabbedy (Baritone). It’s a night filled with the most glorious melodies, laughter, tears and ecstasy.

SATURDAY, 22 AUGUST - 8PM DURATION 1 HOUR 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING INTERVAL Adult $59.00 // Concession $47.00 // Group (6+) or CPAC Member $50.00 25

ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

5 September Created by SHAKE & STIR THEATRE CO

ANIMAL FARM, one of the most enduring political commentaries returns in a multi-award winning, critically-acclaimed theatre production. George Orwell’s intensely powerful fairy tale allegorizes and satirizes communist governments while illustrating with stunning simplicity how greed and power corrupts with devastating consequences to all who yield.

Photography Justine Walpole

Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and all the animals, fueled by enthusiastic camaraderie and guided by a set of self-imposed rules, are promised a better life free from the self-serving greed of humans. However, it is not long until the rules that promised equality and freedom become the shackles that bind the animals once again. Created by shake & stir and directed by Michael Futcher, ANIMAL FARM promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2020.

From the opening scene, shake & stir’s version of this infamous story snatches your attention and keeps a firm grasp until the horrifying conclusion - Barefoot Reviewer (Canberra) Do whatever you can to get a ticket - The Courier Mail

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Tour supported by arTour an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

SATURDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER - 8PM DURATION 90 MINUTES, NO INTERVAL Adult $52.00 // Concession or Group (8+) $47.00 // CPAC Member $45.00




From the multi-award winning circus and physical theatre makers Asking For Trouble comes this exciting new show just for young people and their families. Our two heroes arrive in a strange world, hunting for whispers of adventure and possibility when they discover a pile of seemingly ordinary objects. In a series of vignettes a couch, table, cushions, sheets and broomsticks transform into rockets, trampolines, cliffs and tents - places to imagine and explore. Images appear and disappear.

29 September

FoRT is full of ridiculous clowning, spectacular acrobatics and poetic visual imagery that celebrates the kind of creative genius that has been known to turn lounge rooms into volcanoes, trees into castles and cardboard boxes into racing cars. If you’ve ever made a fort from a sofa, or helped your little ones create their own, this is an inspiring and delightful new theatrical experience the whole family will enjoy. FoRT is a great introduction to physical theatre for younger audiences and a reminder to the older members of the pleasure of making dens under tables, obstacle courses in the sitting room and generally repurposing everyday objects to create different worlds. - Stage Whispers

TUESDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER - 10AM AND 12:30PM DURATION 55 MINUTES, NO INTERVAL Tickets $20.00 // Children aged 3 years and under are free on the knee




CPAC is proud to present LOOSE ENDS, an out-of-the-ordinary visual theatre performance for the family, set in a Wondrous Tinkering Heaven. Makers, creators, and story lovers; dive into a theatrical adventure that feels like the magic box of a bygone trickster! Journey to an eccentric place where gadgets are poetic, puppets naughty, machines untamed and circus tricks pop up when you’re least expecting it! This is a world where music appears from lemons, carrots and bunny’s bums, monsters go crazy and birthday parties are ferociously celebrated. LOOSE ENDS is the story of a man who thinks he can organise all his life in boxes, and has a knack for getting into mischief. Can this tinkerer learn enough about real friendship to keep himself out of trouble? LOOSE ENDS is a family show, combining custom-built contraptions, puppetry, circus, shadow projection, music and

transformed objects. It is a story about friendship, loyalty and inventiveness, in a whimsical world of half-mechanised thingamabobs and headstrong puppets. Built from hard rubbish and op-shop treasures, the set is a celebration of the capricious: household items are transformed and given new uses and contexts, offering a humorous and surprising look at things. This breathtaking show is highly visual, emotional and unpredictable. It makes inventions and machines fun and adds a few quirky edges to puppetry‌ever wondered what Elmo would look like without his fur? The show has a sneakily educational post-show component, where a few of its tinkering and technological elements are explained and experimented with. Step into a magical world of wonders and wacky contraptions. A quirky tale of friendship with a touch of Mr. Bean! A magical children’s theatre show filled with fascinating surprises - The Clothesline

TUESDAY, 6 OCTOBER - 12PM AND 2PM DURATION 60 MINUTES, NO INTERVAL Tickets $20.00 Children aged 3 years and under are free on the knee 31





Science, fun and construction go hand-in-hand in this fascinating workshop experience from the creator of LOOSE ENDS - the perfect school holiday activity for inquisitive minds! After a short introduction into the functioning of contraptions, in small teams participants will build their part of a room-sized chain-reaction installation out of recycled components. Each team is responsible for one section of the whole mechanism. Equipped with a building sheet, the participants start transforming a pile of apparent random stuff into a working component of the whole machine in a process of creative thinking, tinkering and experimentation. Once all assembled and connected, the kids learn to preset their part, eliminate mistakes and explain the functioning of their section to the others. After that, off we go: once triggered there is no stopping of the chain-reaction (at least in a perfect world) till the big final surprise: it ends as a lolly shooting machine! Creativity, problem solving, precision, learning through doing, communication and team work are encouraged, while children gain some hands-on understanding of the ‘cause and effect’ principle. The workshop is suitable for ages 8 - 12 years, spaces are strictly limited and bookings are essential.

WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER - 10AM &12:30PM DURATION 60 MINUTES Cost $10.00 per person



CPAC. Program Room

CPAC has a range of venue hire options available, ideal for large presentations, product launches, workshops, auctions and charity fund raisers, along with break-out areas for smaller presentations. The foyer, with its licensed bar, is ideally suited to cocktail functions. Contact us to discuss your next function or visit our website for more information.

Small Meeting Room

Seniors Room

Foyer Area Cessnock Performing Arts Centre is owned and operated by Cessnock City Council.


free family-friendly CELEBRATIONS! FRIDAY 24 JAN FREE Movie Screening at CPAC MURIEL’S WEDDING

SUNDAY 26 JAN Citizenship Ceremony Australia Day Awards FREE BBQ Breakfast Mayor’s Cup Twenty20 Cricket Match FREE Pool Entry Cessnock & Branxton 9am - 6pm Please note that ALL Australia Day events are STRICTLY alcohol-free events. For more details visit


4 September A night of magic and spectacle, an illuminated wonderland! For generations, communities the world over have come together to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring, and Cessnock is no exception. Come and experience a night of fire and light with family and friends in a FREE family event to celebrate the arrival of spring! As well as live entertainment on our main stage, there’ll be roving performers and creative activities for kids, along with surprises for the whole family! Pack a picnic or select a delicious treat from one of our hand-picked gourmet food trucks and soak up the atmosphere. The Spring Awakening festival will be located in the grounds of Cessnock TAFE Campus on Darwin Street, Cessnock. Come along early to participate in the ever growing lantern parade, departing from Cessnock Performing Arts Centre and continuing in a dazzling procession via Vincent Street all the way to the TAFE grounds. Don’t forget the parade will leave at 6pm sharp! Use the hashtag #SA20Cessnock to share your photos of the event on Instagram and Facebook! Spring Awakening is an initiative of Cessnock City Council, designed and developed by Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.



4 December

CAROLS IN Can you hear those sleigh bells jingling? Cessnock City Council’s CAROLS IN THE PARK 2020 will be set to go off with a big bang on Friday 4 December at Cessnock Sports Ground from 6pm. This annual event continues to go from strength to strength and has become the heart of the Cessnock local government area’s Christmas celebrations, with an array of entertainment for the whole family, including all your Christmas favourites performed by the crème de la crème of the Hunter’s professional musicians. Pack a picnic and enjoy a feast under the stars, or choose a delicious treat from one of the many fine gourmet food stalls on offer.

Carols in the Park is an initiative of Cessnock City Council, designed and developed by Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.



Of course, CAROLS IN THE PARK 2020 would not be complete without a visit from the man himself. Santa will rest his reindeers in the nearby vineyards and enter in style from the air. The night will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display that is sure to delight and amaze.



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20 season at a glance

We do our best to incorporate as many of the 2020 performances as possible into our program, however there’s always something new being added to the calendar. Our website is continually being updated, so remember to regularly check for the latest information.

31 - Looking Through a Glass Onion


07 - CPAC 2020 Season Launch 14 - Roy Orbison Reborn starring Dean Bourne 22 - Superstars of Country


07 - H.M.S. Pinafore 14 - The Robertson Brothers 1960’s TV Variety Show 20 - Ross Noble Humournoid


04 - Newcastle Writers Festival 17 - Psychic Medium Mitchell Coombes 21 - The Gruffalo’s Child 24 - The Cat In The Hat


07 - The Australian Bee Gees Show 12 - The Gospel According To Paul 23 - World of Musicals


04 - Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 07 - Celtic Illusion


10-11 - Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. 16 - Mother and Son


22 - A Night at the Opera starring Brian Castles-Onion


05 - Animal Farm 26 - Fleetwood Mac Show 29 - FoRT


06-07 - Loose Ends (performances and workshops)

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Box Office (02) 4993 4266 Our Box Office is open Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm and 1 hour prior to a performance start time. All details are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change where necessary and without notice. Please visit our website for up-to-the-minute information.

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Classics with a wicked twist, riotous satires and family favourites - presenting our 2020 Season! For tickets, please visit cessnockperformi...


Classics with a wicked twist, riotous satires and family favourites - presenting our 2020 Season! For tickets, please visit cessnockperformi...

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