Wine & Nibbles

Presented by Here There & Everywhere Theatre Co. Inc.

An Evening of Incorrect Social Intercourse!  

Friday 26 July 2024 | 8pm | GPAC Little Theatre

You think your family is bad… Wait until you meet this lot! Based on actual events, this is a housewarming comedy nightmare to end them all!  

Tim and Andrea have just bought their first apartment together, and they’re throwing a housewarming to celebrate. Their carefully chosen guest list, which includes her family but not his, is about to be thrown into chaos by some uninvited guests, who proceed to upend the evening, and drive a wedge into their relationship.  

Can this young relationship survive a meeting of their vastly different families?

This is a comedy for anyone that has certain family members who are described as black sheep, or has eccentric neighbours you would not invite over for a drink! A mix of social observation, modern relationship commentary and satirical farce, Wine & Nibbles is an outrageous new comedy from the multi-award-winning HT&E Theatre Co (Bogan Shakespeare, Table 17, Couples and El Diablo)!  
 

The Imperfects Live in the Vulnerabilitea House

Founder of The Resilience Project, Hugh van Cuylenburg, his brother Josh van Cuylenburg and comedian Ryan Shelton (neither of their brothers), are welcoming you to pour yourself a cup of Vulnerabilitea and join us for a very special night, live, in the Vulnerabilitea House.

Thursday 15 August | 6.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Taking the popular podcast format to the stage, it’s a night that will make you laugh, feel and think, as Hugh, Ryan and Josh get vulnerable, in order to build authentic connections and improve wellbeing.

Receiving more than a million downloads each month, The Imperfects is an Australian podcast about how perfectly imperfect we all are.
Comparing ourselves to others is not only exhausting, it’s extremely harmful.

However, when we share our struggles, we start to realise that everyone, no matter how successful, has something they are battling with. The Imperfects aims to teach, inspire and share stories of vulnerability so we can all be happier, build authentic connections and become more resilient.

This night will be a celebration of vulnerability and connection. Come and join the fun and embrace the imperfection.

Musical Theatre Masterclass

Presented By Gippsland Performing Arts Centre and Federation University

Are you aged 15 to 22 and have a passion for musicals? Would you like to spend a day being coached by two of Australia’s leading musical theatre artists? 

Wednesday 10 July 2024 | 11am | Town Hall Theatre 

Led by two of Australia’s leading musical theatre artists – Dan Tusjak (Lecturer in Music Theatre Federation University), and Ant Crowley (Musical Director – NIDA, WAAPA, VCA and Disney), This group masterclass is a unique opportunity for young regional performers to gain insight into the professional world of musicals and storytelling though song.  

This group masterclass is a unique opportunity for young regional performers to gain insight into the professional world of musicals and storytelling though song.

To participate – you will need to bring along a selection of no less than three, no more than eight songs, that you know well – and their sheet music, in the correct key.

You will not require a backing track, there will be an accompanist. Through-out the masterclass you will participate in ensemble singing skills as well as having the opportunity to perform solo. You will be introduced to techniques used by professional performing artists as well as receiving advice on developing a career in the music theatre industry.

 To get the most out of this workshop you should bring songs that are appropriate for your voice type and age. You will also need to bring an open mind and be ready to try new ideas and diverse ways of rehearsing a song. It will help if you are ready to step outside of your ‘comfort zone’ just a little.

NOTE: Please come dressed in comfortable clothing you can move in. There will be a meal break between 1pm and 2pm, please BYO lunch, snacks, water bottle and sheet music. No need for backing tracks. The workshop will have an accompanist.

Sparrow Eats a Dinosaur!

Shadow-play and drama workshop with Em Chandler and Ant Crowley for Ages 5 to 8.

Thursday 4 July, 2024 | 10am| Town Hall Theatre 

Do you like making up crazy, imaginative stories? Do you sometimes feel super shy and then suddenly super brave? Do you like to solve problems working as part of a team? Then this is the holiday workshop for you.

Following up on GPAC’s ‘Fractured Fairytales’ workshop, Em Chandler (story-teller extraordinaire) and Ant Crowley (assisting on piano), invite you to join them in making up wild, weird, magical stories, and then perform them using shadows made with everyday objects. We will also use our voices, our bodies, cardboard and especially our brains. Oh, and if you are a little scared of the dark, just let us know. We don’t have to turn off ALL the lights.

Some children have big imaginations but are shy when it comes to performing. Shadow-play is wonderful for children of all abilities, because it allows them to perform a story – out of sight! This In turn helps them to develop confidence and try things they may not have tried before.

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”. —Albert Einstein

Em Chandler (she/they) is a lauded storyteller, magician, and theatre-maker, bringing her unique repertoire of spells, stories and songs to intimate community events or major festivals.

Ant Crowley is an award-winning theatre-maker and recipient of several prizes including the Malcolm Robertson Prize for Drama, and The Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Best Music Theatre Script.

Sooshi Mango: Home Made

Homegrown comedy heroes Sooshi Mango return with their most exciting live show yet, Home Made!

Saturday 3 August | 3pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Saturday 3 August | 7.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Sunday 4 August I 3pm I GPAC Main Theatre

“A show where you can get together with La Familia and not fight…maybe!” 

TEG Dainty is thrilled to present one of Australia’s biggest-selling comedy acts, Sooshi Mango, and their all-new tour, Home Made, hitting a whopping 25 cities around the country this August–November.  This follows an international tour earlier this year and a sold out Australian tour in 2022 which saw them break the house record at Rod Laver and bring laughter to over 100,000 fans.  

The trio, made up of brothers Joe SalanitriCarlo Salanitri and friend Andrew Manfre, are award-winning comedians, podcasters, and content creators and are among the best-loved comedians working in Australia today, consistently performing to sold out crowds across the country and around the world.  

Known for their skits and characters inspired by their beloved Italian family, Sooshi Mango have taken the world by storm in recent years thanks to their relatable, nostalgic humour and hilarious delivery.  Now, ‘ethnic dads’ Johnny, Vince, Sam, and all their friends are set to return to the stage with all-new material in Home Made! Think outrageous skits, knee-slappers, and musical numbers galore that will transport you back in time and have you laughing until your ribs are sore. New show, same antics! 

Carlo Salinitri said: “Australia we are back, and we are bringing you all our biggest and best show yet! Our Nonna would be proud! Get ready, it’s coming.” 

Andrew Manfre said “It’s been great to tour internationally but it’s always super special launching a brand-new show in our homeland, Australia. This is some of our best work yet!” 

Joe Salinitri said “We are going above and beyond to make sure this is not just a comedy show but a memorable comedy event for the people. It’s going to be a comedy rock concert.” 

Mary Poppins

Presented by Latrobe Theatre Company Inc.

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Mary Poppins, is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! 

Friday 23 August| 7.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Saturday 24 August| 1.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Saturday 24 August| 7.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Sunday 25 August| 1.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Friday 30 August| 7.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Saturday 31 August| 1.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Saturday 31 August| 7.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft.  

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. 

Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. 

Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything Can Happen if You let it”.  

FRIDAY 23 AUGUST – SATURDAY 31 AUGUST

7.30pm & 1.30pm
GPAC Main Theatre

Full Price$49.50
Access Price*$39
Child$40
Concession$47
Group of 10+$45

Level Up – Celebrating the universal joy of playmaking

Through a series of challenges and obstacles, their extraordinary skills and teamwork are put to the test. 

Saturday 13 July | 3pm | GPAC Town Hall Theatre

Along the way they encounter a giant claw machine, channel the agility and precision of video game characters and forge bonds that lead to their ultimate triumph. 

Celebrating the power of the imagination and universal joy of playing games “Level Up’ is a circus packed adventure suitable for all ages. The show cleverly translates the essence of game culture into live performance, with elements like levels, challenges and puzzles serving as the backbone of the story.  

But beyond the challenges, “Level Up” is a heartfelt reminder that it’s the people you share your adventures with who truly make them extraordinary. The bonds forged, the laughter shared, and the teamwork exhibited are what truly make any endeavour special.  

In this grand game of life, “Level Up” reminds us that the people you play with can turn even the most challenging quests into something truly extraordinary. 

“A stroke of genius” – The Plus Ones  

“Had me in stitches” – The Age  

“Impossible not to be entertained” – Arts Review 

Please note that this performance is capped at 120 tickets

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval 

Artist Recommended Age: All ages

Filming and Photography: Flash photography not permitted.  

Never Mind The Buzzers, Here’s RocKwiz LIVE!

The RocKwiz gang are back on the road, coming to Traralgon.

Sunday 17 November | 7:30pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Julia, Brian, Dugald and the RocKwiz OrKestra will be revelling in the chaos and quizzery of RocKwiz LIVE.  

If you’ve seen a RocKwiz LIVE show you know what we mean. If you haven’t, buckle up for a fantastic night of musical and comedic treats. 

Every show begins with Brian’s contestant selection process, with audience members demonstrating their rock knowledge. Contestants with the highest scores sit alongside guest musicians for a magical night of music and trivia.  

Get ready for a fantastic night of musical and comedic treats from Australia’s premiere music trivia show! 

“One thing was perfectly clear – RocKwiz Live was undoubtedly worth the wait”. Staff writer, The Music

 “This was about as much fun as this reviewer has ever had at the Cabaret Festival”. David Washington, In Daily  

“Mountains of fun, a real celebration of Australian talent, lots of laughs and a great night out!” Graeme Watson, Out in Perth 5 stars ★★★★★

Additional Information:

Duration: 180 minutes, including a 20 minute interval 

Content Warnings: Mild Language Warning

Artist Recommended Age: All ages

Production Warnings: May contain haze

Filming and Photography: Photography without flash and filming short moments on phones is permitted.

The Gruffalo

A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood …

Saturday 9 November 2024 | 12pm & 5pm | GPAC Main Theatre

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia!

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups…  

“funny, charming and smart… brings the house down” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Beg, borrow or steal tickets. Your kids will love you for it” – Stage Whispers 

TICKETS

Full Price$20
Access Price*$9
Child (Under 16 years) $10
Concession Price $15
Family (any 4 family members) $30

The Music Man JR.

Presented by Class Act Productions

Gippsland’s longest running dedicated youth-based music theatre company, Class Act Productions is back at GPAC with another one of the favourites!   

Thursday 25 July | 7.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Friday 26 July | 7.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre

Saturday 27 July | 3.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre 

Saturday 27 July | 7.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre 

Sunday 28 July | 1.30pm | GPAC Main Theatre 

The Music Man JR. A 60-minute version of the beloved Broadway classic, adored by generations. Featuring a cast full of Gippsland’s most talented youth, this musical will have our local audiences captivated! 

Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance.  The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best — a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter! 

Master showman Harold Hill (Most recently played on Broadway by Australia’s own Hugh Jackman) is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself. 

The Music Man JR. is full of unforgettable songs like “76 Trombones“, “Shipoopi“, and the romantic classic “Til there was you”, and is sure to have audiences leaving the theatre with them stuck in their head for days! 

THURSDAY 25 – SUNDAY 28 JULY

7.30pm, 3.30pm & 1.30pm
GPAC Main Theatre, Traralgon

Full Price$35
Concession$30
Child Price*$25
Access Price**$24
Family***$95

Additional Information

*Child Tickets: Under 14 years of age. 

**Access Price: Limited allocation. 

**Family Tickets: Includes any 4 family members

Duration: 60 minutes, No interval