This autumn Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre is dishing up an eclectic smorgasbord of artistic delights – music, hilarious kids shows, contemporary dance, an Australian classic, and a sneaky foray into the Paris Underground.
Stand-up comedy for kids is a rare but wondrous thing when it comes in the form of The Listies Make you LOL! These guys have played all around the globe, they’re raucous, unruly and heaps of fun for 6-12 year olds and their families.
Hot on the heels of The Listies, who are playing COPACC on March 25, is The 26-Storey Treehouse – a show which captures all the mayhem of the super successful series of books by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton. On April 24 the high energy cast of four will introduce COPACC audiences to the 78 flavour ice-cream dispensing robot and the brain-bamboozling Maze of Doom.
The Sibelius 150 Trio, on tour from Finland, will celebrate the musical legacy of their homeland’s foremost national composer Jean Sibelius in an afternoon concert, featuring violin, piano and cello on Saturday, March 14.
COPACC will host a second classical music concert – A Russian Romance – on Sunday, April 19, with the welcome return of cellist Zoe Knighton and pianist Amir Farid. They will play works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Gretchaninov from their latest album.
Dewayne Everettsmith, whose best known hit It’s Like Love was the centrepiece of the Tourism Australia global TV campaign, will play COPACC on May 20, with support act Sietta. Dewayne, whose voice and soul remind some of Marvin Gaye, has a rich voice and his songwriting is informed buy his indigenous heritage, his tough early years, and love of many musical styles.
Monsieur Marveaux will lead the audience into the Paris Underground on May 2 with a cast of singers, dancers, musicians, illusionists, tap dancers and more in a cabaret and variety show that will also feature burlesque and a charming chanteuse.
From one of Australia’s most innovative performing artists comes First Things First – a one-man show of technically virtuosic dance and hilarious physical theatre that explores the art of ‘getting used to it’.
Join award-winning performer Joseph Simons in this mind-blowing display of physicality with his signature charm and wit.
Following critically acclaimed seasons in Berlin and New York, Simons is thrilled to return home to perform First Things First for Australian audiences.
The meaning of Anzac Day is examined in the classic Australian drama One Day of the Year, which is coming to COPACC on March 21. Playwright Alan Seymour examines our national legend though the eyes of generation, class and character in this show by HIT Productions.