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Show like no other

Up close: a provocative scene from Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s production of Pippin. From left, ensemble member Stephen Loftus, Jazzmine Kaye as Berthe, ensemble member Jarrod Donohue and Corey Green as Pippin. Photo: Trevor Foon.

PEOPLE who see Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s (WTG) production of Pippin will come away with a show to remember. That is the word of the people behind the musical that will open this Saturday, May 23. The production is based around the character of Pippin, a young a man seeking meaning in his life, despite the luxuries of being a prince […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Portraits stand out

Overall winner: Great Southern Portrait Prize open winner Kim McDonald (centre) with the Honourable Barry Jones (left) and judge Shane Jones. Photo: Yianni Banikos.

ARt lovers turned out for the announcement of the winners of the Great Southern Portrait Prize at Stockyard Gallery on April 26. Kerry Spokes, vice president of Prom Coast Arts Council (PCA) was the MC. In speaking of the judges, Kerry made note PCA always seeks three professional artists or arts related professionals from outside […]

May 5th, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Vote for Jackie

Singing with passion: Kardella South performer Jackie Van Velzen is taking part in an international busking competition.

SINGER Jackie Van Velzen is seeking South Gippsland’s support to succeed in a worldwide music competition. The Kardella South performer regularly plays at McCartins Hotel in Leongatha and the Austral Hotel in Korumburra. She has performed at the famed Espy Hotel in St Kilda and this year made Triple J’s Unearthed songlist. Now she is taking […]

April 28th, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Featured | Read More »

Music tribute to soldiers

Anzac songs: from left, pianist Carmel Slater of Leongatha, composer and conductor Larry Hills of Wonthaggi, cornet player Mitchell Brusamarello of Korrine and violinist Sarah Basile of Korumburra rehearsing at Wonthaggi Citizens’ Band’s rooms for "They Went with Songs".

THE world premiere of new music exploring World War One will be staged in South Gippsland on the Anzac Day weekend. The musical work They Went with Songs is composed by Larry Hills of Wonthaggi, and tells the story of a soldier being recruited and going overseas to fight. Mr Hills, whose 2010 composition, A […]

April 21st, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Featured | Read More »

Milestone show reflects on life

Reviewing journey: artist Kerry Spokes is presenting the one hundredth exhibition at Fish Creek’s Gecko Studio Gallery.

GECKO Studio Gallery opened its doors on January 8, 2007. This Sunday, April 19, the Fish Creek gallery will open its one hundredth monthly exhibition. The show is titled Blown Off Course – recent drawings, paintings and prints by Kerry Spokes and runs until May 24. The official opening will be on Sunday between 2pm and 5pm. “We […]

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Book reveals Anzacs’ pasts

Lone Pine charge: a brief biography of Private Walter Ernest Fowles of Korumburra/Glen Alvie appears in The Star on March 24.

THE stories of soldiers from the Korumburra district are coming to life in a new book. Tony Moon of Korumburra and his brother Andrew are writing a book that will identify the names on the cenotaph at Korumburra, spanning the First and Second world wars. “That concept has since expanded to telling their stories, from […]

March 24th, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Lyric’s “Gypsy” is cast

Gypsy cast: Elly Poletti has been cast as Rose in Leongatha Lyric Theatre's upcoming production of "Gypsy".

LEONGATHA’S Lyric Theatre has finalised the cast for the July musical to be directed by Colin Mitchell. Rehearsals have begun in earnest and are alive with enthusiasm. Major roles are: Rose (Elly Poletti), Herbie (Brad Beach), Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee (Tash Nagle), Dainty June (Janie Gordon), Young Louise (Ashley Geary), Baby June (Bella Kent), Tessie (Nicole […]

March 17th, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Stellar cast for “Waratah”

Centre stage: rehearsing for "Waratah the musical" are, from left, Jo Street, Nicole Cooper and Bruce Grainger.

PLAYWRIGHT Chris Dickins has assembled a stellar cast for Waratah, a musical Foster theatre company, FAMDA, will stage in April/May as part of the Prom Coast Seachange Festival. The talented cast includes Nicole Cooper, Bruce Grainger, Joanne Street, Sarah Maclean and Noel Stringer, all of whom have performed regularly with both Leongatha Lyric Theatre and […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Music at Mossvale

Tubariffic: Will Brusamarello (left) and Nick Beale performed with Wonthaggi Citizens Band at the Music for the People event, held at Mossvale Park on Sunday.

MOSSVALE Park came alive on Sunday, when the annual Music for the People concert returned to the Berrys Creek venue. The event is organised by a dedicated band of volunteers, and funded and supported by the South Gippsland Shire Council. The South Gippsland Brass Band, the Wonthaggi Citizens Band, the South Gippsland Concert Band and […]

February 24th, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Art show amazes Korumburra

First place: co-director of the Korumburra art show Marilyn Sim showcases the prizing winning pastel Neath Sheltering Gums, Selville.

KORUMBURRA art show judge Glenn Hoyle was impressed by the standard of artwork exhibited at the opening on Friday night. “I’ve been in the show before and it is very pleasing,” Mr Hoyle said. This was the 38th annual Korumburra art show and a large crowd gathered to view the exhibition in the Federation Art […]

February 20th, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

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