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Enjoy Lyric in comfort

Goal reached: a happy moment for Lyric Theatre vice president Ross Garner as he hands over the cheque from Lyric Theatre to a Camatic representative, finalising the purchase of the new seats.

LEONGATHA Lyric Theatre is proud to announce it has new luxurious seats on order in preparation for its next big musical, Blood Brothers in September. Mesley Hall has long needed up-graded seats and Lyric Theatre has stepped up and ordered top of the range seating to provide local theatre-goers with a more comfortable experience. The […]

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Prom Coast Singers reborn

Lead role: Fiona Watts is the new musical director of Prom Coast Singers.

THE Foster based choir known as the Prom Coast Singers was born in 1998 with Paddy Broberg as the musical director. The group functioned continually for the next 10 years and intermittently in more recent times. The group hosted a major choral festival, Sing South Gippsland!, in 2011 and reuniting to sing as part of […]

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Stories drive Jessica’s film dreams

Creative mind: former local Jessica Marshall is currently studying a Master of Fine Art, Writing for Performance at NIDA in Sydney.

AFTER several attempts at choosing a career, former South Gippsland Secondary College student Jessica Marshall seems to have found her niche. Jessica is currently completing a Master of Fine Art, Writing for Performance at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. Jessica said her journey to NIDA was quite a convoluted one. “After […]

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Featured | Read More »

Don’t miss the Bugsy magic

FAMDA’S production Bugsy Malone opened at Foster at the weekend, and the all youth cast created a gangster spoof with humour and action. 
Lead actors Leuca Maclean as Bugsy Malone (front) and Taliya Barker as his girlfriend Blousey Brown appeared with, from left, Faith Gardiner (as Bronx Charlie), Isla Hayward-Bannister (Laughing Boy), Kadison Duff (Shoulders), George Nicoll (Yonkers) and Kaatje Smolders (Doodle).

By Avril Van Wamel FAMDA’s latest very ambitious production Bugsy Malone is the result of four months of rehearsals, lots of enthusiasm from 47 children from all points of the South Gippsland compass and the dedication of many committed adults. From the moment the show starts, audience members know they are in for a couple […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Featured | Read More »

Battle of the Bands


FREEZA offers young people into music, particularly those into making it, an amazing opportunity to strut their talent on stage in front of their peers. The local heat of the Battle of the Bands competition is at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha on Saturday night, August 9. Organisers hope it will feature as many as […]

July 8th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Market just blooming

Magical spot: Kurinda Rose Nursery brings the appeal of roses to the Coal Creek Farmers’ Market this Saturday.

T MIGHT be the school holidays, but if you’re a gardener, there’s no such thing as time off. There’s always something that needs planting or pruning. If you find roses a prickly plant to tackle, join the market-goers at the Coal Creek Farmers Market, Korumburra, this Saturday and learn the art of pruning the roses […]

July 8th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Community | Read More »

Bugsy arrives in Foster

At rehearsal: ready to star in Bugsy Malone is Taliya Barker (left) of Rockenspiele fame who plays Bugsy Malone’s girlfriend, Blousey Brown. Third from the right is Leuca Maclean, the hero, Bugsy.
The amazing costumes and spectacular set are under wraps until opening night, Friday, July 11.

FROM the mean streets of New York 1929 to the mean streets of Foster 2014, Bugsy Malone is about to arrive in town. Bugsy, a man about town living in the dangerous streets of the prohibition era 1920s, finds himself in the middle of a gang war between Fat Sam Stacetto and Dandy Dan fighting […]

July 8th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Bugsy to delight kids and adults


FAMDA is busy preparing to stage the musical Bugsy Malone which is billed as ideal school holiday entertainment. Bugsy Malone is a parody of early American gangster films and American musicals, but uses only child actors. Movie director Alan Parker created the concept and the script out of a desire to make a film which […]

July 1st, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Exhibition reflects journey

Creating, socialising: some of the members of Mandy Gunn’s Art Group now exhibiting at Meeniyan Art Gallery, from left, Barb Fuller, Jill Butterfield, Deb Bray, Helen Harrison, Suzanne Brandenberger and Marg Windisch. Also exhibiting are Helen Mackenzie, Elizabeth Landy, June Stahle and Robin Stevens.

SOME six years ago, a group of mainly women from the Cape Liptrap/Walkerville area began to meet for classes at the studio of Tarwin Lower artist Mandy Gunn. Now that group has 13 members who meet every Friday morning. Ten are represented in this their second exhibition in the Access Gallery at Meeniyan. Points of […]

July 1st, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Art refuses to stay still

Painter at heart: Toora artist Pam Donnellan works on a piece of art in her studio, surrounded by inspiration and things that make her happy.

TOORA seems to be one of those towns that attracts creative people. The Toora Village Studio Gallery and the Toora Village Artist Collective are proof of that. Collective member Pam Donnellan was attracted first to Mount Best in 2008 and now with her partner, Robert Haydon who is also an artist, lives in Toora. “As […]

June 24th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

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