It seems hard to believe that I have been here in Ballarat and guiding our beautiful theatre for two years. Following a great year in 2012 which has seen the sensational inaugural Ballarat Cabaret Festival and, more soberly, the retirement of Wendy Hall, our dedicated Theatre Coordinator after more than 20 years I am pleased to be introducing our new season
for 2013. Please also join me in welcoming our new Theatre Coordinator, Jon Harris.
2012 saw Her Maj break ‘Out of the Box’ and present in some different venues. This year we come back home and concentrate on presenting at Her Majesty’s. This has in part been driven by the lack of shows that have demanded to be presented in other types of venues, but also by the feedback from our patrons who prefer to see us present shows at Her Maj.
The one show in the season which is not at Her Majesty’s is a show that simply demanded to be included. Presented at Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Sundowner stars the incomparable Helen Morse and explores something that even science does not fully understand – the human mind. Touching, frustrating and simply must-see theatre.
Last year Her Maj welcomed back Ballarat Lyric Theatre who will not be presenting a season with us in 2013 as they prepare for the Ballarat premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster The Phantom of the Opera in 2014. Instead, we are thrilled to welcome back the University of Ballarat Arts Academy Music Theatre Graduating Company with 42nd Street which they present alongside BLOC Music Theatre’s brand new production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes.
BALLARAT CABARET FESTIVAL will be back in October again titillating audiences with the best in Australian Cabaret including Bradley McCaw, winner of the 10th Annual Sydney Cabaret Showcase.So grab your Membership Card, mark your calendar
and join us for some of the best theatre Australia has to offer, right here in Ballarat.
GRAEME RUSSELL THEATRE MANAGER