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Italiano Song Recital – 28 September 2014

ITALIANO SONG RECITAL

SUNDAY 28 SEPTEMBER, 12.30 – 1.30 pm

Onstage at the Factory Theatre 7 Eden St Newmarket.

A 60 minute recital of favourite Italian arias and popular Italian songs.

Celebrating Newmarket’s Festival Italiano.

Just reply on this email to reserve your tickets   

Door sales for Italiano Song Recital are also available from 12 pm on the day (All tickets are $15)

Before or after our recital –  why not visit the food & craft stalls in Kent and Osborne Streets ?… to enjoy Festival Italiano delicacies, market goodies & displays(11am to 4pm).

Parking may be at a premium, so we suggest either park early or maybe park away from Newmarket and use public transport – we’re a few minutes from bus and train stops.

Sunday 28 September is also daylight saving (remember clocks move forward an hour)

D’amore verderti !

Con cordiali saluti

 

Hansel & Gretel : 9 – 12 July 2014

Opera Factory is thrilled to present its annual School Holiday season with this short opera by Engelbert Humperdink based on the children’s fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.  Suitable for all ages, this charming opera is onstage at The Factory Theatre, Newmarket 9-12 July with two matinee shows per day at 11am and 3pm and on Saturday two performances at 3pm and 7.30pm.

Featuring brilliant young voices, full staging and costumes, this is the perfect intimate theatre experience for young and old.  Humperdink’s opera
is full of simple folk tunes and lush romantic music and will be sung in English, which makes it easy listening for all ages. The 70 minute production is part of Opera Factory’s ‘Opera Rocks’ youth programme and will include fifteen young school age singers on stage, as well as principal roles taken by young local opera singers.

Try something new this school holidays and join us to follow the children’s journey through the forest; enjoy the witch’s broomstick ride and her house made of sweets and gingerbread. Spot the trick Hansel & Gretel play on the witch to reunite their family and save all the other lost children. After the show, Opera Factory invites the audience to tour the stage, see the set and meet the cast.  This experience provides an excellent  introduction to opera for all and what better way to introduce your family to the magic of theatre and music.

Rising young opera singers perform the principal roles and include Kayla Collingwood (Hansel), Maia Vegar (Gretel), Christina Orgias (Mother), Callum Blackmore (Father) and soprano Rosemarie Brown performs the classic fairy-tale role of the Witch. 

Hansel and Gretel is a traditional folk tale that the Grimm Brother’s added to their collection of Fairy Tales. The story, features supernatural characters such as the Sandman, Dew Fairy and the Witch but not all is as scary as it seems in the forest, with guardian angels present to protect, guide and deliver the children to safety.

The Factory Theatre is at 7 Eden Street, Newmarket at the Opera Factory premises.  The small theatre offers excellent views from tiered seating
and the flat floor is accessible for wheelchairs, pushchairs and walkers. 

Performances at The Factory Theatre, 7 Eden Street, Newmarket

Wednesday 9 July, 11am and 3pm
Thursday 10 July, 11am and 3pm
Friday 11 July, 11am and 3pm
Saturday 12 April, 3pm and 7.30pm

TICKETS

$28 (Adult), $25 (Amici supporters), $26.50 (Senior), $15 (Student with ID) $10 (Child 12 and under), Free (under 5 yrs on an adult’s knee)

Hansel and Gretel is a traditional folk tale that the Grimm Brother’s added to their collection of Fairy Tales. The story, features supernatural characters such as the Sandman, Dew Fairy and the Witch but not all is as scary as it seems in the forest, with guardian angels present to protect and guide.

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The Medium – Menotti – August 2014

The Medium (by Gian Carlo Menotti)

26-31 August

A psychological melodrama

Director Raymond Hawthorne, starring Helen Medlyn

‘The Medium’ is a highly theatrical chamber opera guaranteed to excite with its dramatic sensibilities of a suburban gothic short story.   The melodramatic tale of Madame Flora (Helen Medlyn), a charlatan spiritualist who conducts phoney seances in her parlor, assisted by her daughter Monica (Emma Sloman) and a mute orphan boy Toby (Callum Blackmore).  She cons parents (Catherine Reaburn, Mark Covich, Helene Holman) into believing that they are communication with the spirits of their dead children.  Madame Flora’s game turns on her and becoming scared she descends into a world of paranoia and guilt.  The music and libretto of this music theatre piece is by renowned theatrical American composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Opera Factory’s production team includes director Raymond Hawthorne, music director Rosie Barnes, lighting design by Andrew Potvin and pianist Grace Francis.

Menotti’s tuneful score abounds in influences from the American vernacular and jazz music, making for the kind of dramatic piece likely to be more at home in a Broadway theatre than an opera house.  In true Opera Factory style, and in keeping with the spirit of a winter presentation this fringe production will be innovative, if not a little dark.  ‘Twilight’ meets ‘Turn of the Screw’ so to speak.

Tuesday 26 August, 6.30pm (Preview Night)
Wednesday 27 August, 7.30pm
Thursday 28 August, 6.30pm
Friday 29 August, 7.30pm
Saturday 30 August, 7.30pm
Sunday 31 August, 2pm (Matinee)

Tickets:  Adult ($35), Senior ($33), Student ($15), Opera Factory Amici members ($30)

The Factory Theatre, 7 Eden St, Newmarket.