There's entertainment for all ages at Civic Hall in coming weeks. From a Frank Sinatra tribute and a play based on the true story of The Kursk, to a theatre show for young people and a battle of the bands, I continue to be amazed by the wonderful variety of events on offer as part of the Festival of Theatre.
One event I'd particularly like to highlight is the next offering from the Ipswich Seniors Concert Group. Written and directed by Shay Ryan, Heaven Help Us takes a light-hearted look at our local church communities and features many well-loved tunes. The talented seniors involved in these concerts volunteer hours and hours of their time in rehearsing, making costumes and gathering props and set pieces. Their events are always fantastic, high quality shows and I encourage you to support them. You will not be disappointed!
Cr Charlie Pisasale
In this issue...
Sinatra Tribute Takes Centre Stage this Friday
Enjoy a memorable evening this Friday when Max Miller and his 10-piece All Star Swing Big Band present the music of Frank Sinatra in an elegant ‘Vegas style' show at Ipswich Civic Hall.
Widely regarded as Australia's greatest exponent of Frank Sinatra, Max Miller has enjoyed sell out crowds, rave reviews and standing ovations over many years of paying homage to Ol' Blue Eyes. Max performs all of the Sinatra classics, including For Once In My Life, My Way, New York, New York, I've Got You Under My Skin, Birth of the Blues, Fly Me to the Moon, My Kind of Town, That's Life, Strangers in the Night, Lady is a Tramp, I'll Be Seeing You and more.
Friday 17 July - 7.30pm
Menopause the Musical Almost Sold Out!
Tickets are now sold out for the return season of Jeanie Linders' hilarious Menopause the Musical.
Inspired by ‘a hot flush and a bottle of wine,' this hugely popular musical comedy is a celebration of a certain life passage that launches women into an exciting new phase of their lives. More than half a million women across Australia have seen the show - and loved it! So much so, many have come back time and time again to join with their sisters in this 90-minute laugh-a-thon.
Friday 24 July - 7.30pm
Seniors Cry "Heaven Help Us" in Latest Concert Offering
Local churches and the characters that inhabit them are the subjects of the latest theatrical offering from the Ipswich Seniors Concert Group.
Heaven Help Us, written and directed by Shay Ryan, offers a light-hearted look at church communities - from the regular Parish Council meetings and choir practice to working bee rivalry and even a ‘professional mourner'.
Featuring an array of well-known songs including When the Saints Go Marching In, Climb Every Mountain, Amazing Grace, We Shall Not Be Moved and many more, there will be plenty of chances for a sing-along.
Tuesday 18 August - 1.30pm
Bands Set to Battle
In a band? Got what it takes to go all the way? Sign up for the Ipswich heat of the Global Battle of the Bands to strut your stuff. There are only two rules: no covers and no recorded music. If you love to perform, this could be your big chance - and if you love live music, this will be a huge afternoon and evening of entertainment.
Successful bands could be rocking their way to an all-expenses-paid trip to the final in London this December. An Australian band came second in 2008. Is this an Ipswich band's year? For more information and to register your band's participation, go to the GBOB website at www.gbob.com/challenge.
Sunday 23 August - 2.30pm
Story of The Kursk Brought to Life
A Russian submarine mysteriously vanished in August 2000. The wreckage was eventually discovered on the bottom of the ocean with 23 survivors trapped inside.
This extraordinary, award-winning play reveals the true story behind the ill-fated submarine The Kursk.
Compelling from beginning to end, the pressure is extreme and the stakes are high.
The sailors wait helplessly, trapped 80 metres beneath the sea. On the surface, their rescuers work frantically. Admiral Popov, their leader, is under extreme pressure to succeed at all costs. If he doesn't, there will be a nuclear disaster in the Atlantic.
All the while, families and loved ones are desperate for any news. A young woman waits for her sailor as he writes her love letters while trapped in the submarine.
The Kursk is a thriller, a mystery and a love story - not to be missed!
Thursday 27 August - 7.30pm
Thursday’s Child Tells Poignant Story
An inspiring and uplifting play presented by Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People, Thursday's Child revolves around ‘Tin', a young boy born on a Thursday and one who, like the old nursery rhyme says ‘has far to go'. A strange and lonely child who digs, his wanderings take him underneath the earth into the subterranean tunnels that he's pre-destined to roam.
Told by Tin's sister, Harper Flute, the story is one of a family's struggle on their desolate farm during the Great Depression. It is a poignant and intriguing story, ending in great hope. Suitable for young people aged 12 to 16 years.
Monday 31 August - 7.30pm
Coming in September…
Reminiscing 2009 - Cool Change Tour
Featuring Glenn Shorrock, Doug Parkinson and Wendy Matthews
Glenn Shorrock is best known as the original voice of the Little River Band and, by popular demand, he still enthrals audiences around the world with his extensive repertoire and international hits including Help Is On Its Way, Emma, Home on Monday, Cool Change and Reminiscing. Accompanied by the 15-piece Robert Clark Orchestra, Glenn will be joined by fellow legends of Australian music, Wendy Matthews and Doug Parkinson, in this unforgettable concert experience.
Wednesday 9 September - 7.30pm
Johnny Cash and Johnny O’Keefe Tribute Show
This double feature, award-winning show packs two great tributes into one exciting event! Mark Caliguiri and Jo Evangelia recreate the wonderful story of legendary country music couple Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash. Fully costumed and themed, this half of the show features a string of hits including Walk the Line, A Boy Named Sue, Jackson and Ring of Fire. Then get set for even more classic entertainment as veteran rock ‘n' roll and television star Issi Dye puts on his blue suede shoes and colourful 50s suits to perform as the one and only Johnny O'Keefe. Dye recreates the music and the style of the late, great king of rock ‘n' roll in Australia, performing all the hits including Shout!, Sing Sing Sing, She Wears My Ring and many more. Don't miss these fantastic performers in this special daytime concert event.
Thursday 10 September - 11am
Ipswich Civic Hall