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Audiences have an exciting year ahead of performances at the Phee Broadway Theatre at Castlemaine.

Tuesday 3 April 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council in partnership with the Regional Centre for Culture (RCC) is proudly showcasing its talented community in 2018, with back-to-back local productions at the Phee Broadway Theatre in Castlemaine.

The 2018 program features an entire line-up of home-grown talent including the venue’s first residency program, At Home.

At Home runs for 22 weeks and provides local creatives exclusive access to the venue to develop and perform their work.

Council’s Cultural Development Officer Vicki Anderson said the program offers a variety of performances with something for everyone.

“The performances lined up for 2018 demonstrate why our region has such a strong reputation for creative excellence,” said Ms Anderson.

“It’s going to be exciting to see what local groups will achieve in this great community theatre space,” she said.

The RCC supported Council to develop the At Home program, which aims to create significant new work to celebrate local stories.

RCC Producers Jo Porter and Elizabeth Walsh said they were looking forward to the seeing the program unfold.

"We’re delighted to see how many Mount Alexander Shire artists will be using the Phee Broadway Theatre during 2018 as a result of this joint initiative between the shire and the Regional Centre for Culture,” said Ms Porter.

“We can’t wait to come along to performances this year and into the future,” said Ms Walsh.

The Theatre’s namesake and local arts icon, Phee Broadway is highly supportive of the program and Council’s focus on community access.

"I am delighted to hear that the theatre is in constant use for the rest of the year. It’s a venue which suits a variety of performances, and is very comfortable for audiences,” said Ms Broadway.

“That Council has seen fit to adjust the user requirements is a plus for everyone, as the theatre is a great asset for both local and visiting performers,” she said.

After hosting Mark Penzak and Castlemaine Youth Theatre in March, the Phee will house The Meeting Place, Ms Evie’s School of Tap, Kavisha Mazzella, The Red Room Theatre, Over the Moon Studio and Company On Foot. All residencies offer at least one public performance.

At Home is complemented by new work developed and facilitated by local companies including Punctum’s own residency program Seedpod, Three’s a Crowd’s production of Sweeney Todd and Shakespeare’s As You Like It by the Castlemaine Theatre Company.

For more details about At Home and the 2018 program visit www.pheebroadwaytheatre.com.au.

The RCC 2018 is an initiative of the Victorian Government in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Corporation, City of Greater Bendigo, and the Shires of Central Goldfields, Hepburn and Mount Alexander.

Phee Broadway Theatre At Home

The Starship Stowaway
Produced by Mark Penzak
In residence 5-14 March
School performance 14 March

The Scones are to Die For
Produced by Castlemaine Youth Theatre
In residence 15-24 March
Performances March 22, 23 and 24

In Didj'n'Us Hip Hope In Youth
Produced by Castlemaine District Community Health (Nalderun, The Meeting Place)
In residence 18 June – 15 July
Performance 14 July

Electro Tap
Produced by Ms Evie's School of Tap
In residence 16 July – 12 August
Performance(s) TBC

The Meat Show
Produced by The Red Room Theatre
In residence 24 Sept – 7 Oct
Performance(s) TBC

How The Hell Did We Get Here?
Produced by Kavisha Mazzella
In residence 8 October – 4 November
Performances 3 and 4 November

Lunar Phase: An Over the Moon Youth Dance Work
Produced by Over the Moon Studio
In residence 12 – 25 November
Performance 25 November

Phee Dance Video Works
Produced by Company On Foot
In residence 26 November – 9 December
Performance(s) TBC

Phee Broadway Theatre local productions

Sweeney Todd
Produced by Three’s a Crowd
Performances 13 – 28 April (Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 2.00pm)

Punctum Inc’s Seedpod Residency program presents RESTORE by Renae Shadler and Natasha Phillips
In residence 30 April – 6 May
Performance 5 May

As You Like It
Produced by Castlemaine Theatre Company
Performances 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 May; 1, 2 and 3 June

Image: Phee Broadway Theatre At Home residents (clockwise from top left) The Red Room Theatre, Ms Evie's School of Tap, Over the Moon Studio, Castlemaine Youth Theatre, Mark Penzak, Kavisha Mazzella and The Meeting Place. Absent: Company on Foot.

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