The Empire Theatres presents the highly acclaimed Queensland Ballet’s La Fille mal gardée, taking the stage during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers on September 15 and 16.

Set in the French countryside in the 1950s, La Fille mal gardée follows a love triangle that results in comic chaos. With its engaging story and colourful and beautiful dancing, this production is a great addition to Toowoomba’s carnival celebrations. The Empire Theatres will also welcome Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin (author of Mao’s Last Dancer) and his team.

October will see two highly skilled and popular orchestras on the Empire Stage.

The Queensland Pops Orchestra will perform Broadway and Beyond on October 8 and The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform on October 12. Starring musical theatre star Teddy Tahu-Rhodes, Queensland Pops Orchestra’s performance will bring to life the best of Broadway, from My Fair Lady to The Phantom of the Opera. Direct from the United States, The Glenn Miller Orchestra presents the unforgettable music of the 1940s, including Tuxedo Junction, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and songs from the repertoire of the Andrews Sisters.

Concluding a full children’s theatre program on October 20 and 21 is Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s critically acclaimed performance, The Arrival. Built on the animation of the exquisite images from Shaun Tan’s famous picture book of the same name, The Arrival weaves acting and puppetry into a universal tale of the challenges, humour and adventures of arriving in a new country. Tan’s world comes to life in a metropolis of floating ships, mysterious lights, alien symbols and strange animals, in a visually stunning and moving production. The Empire Theatres has partnered with Mercy Community Services in an aim to make the performance accessible to as many refugees as possible.

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