The Empire Theatre 20th Anniversary season has kicked off with a sellout crowd at John Water’s Lennon: Through A Glass Onion, Suzi Quatro, Bernard Fanning and Kasey Chamber’s Sooner or Later Tour.
The excitement continues with some of the country’s most respected and acclaimed performing artists and arts companies on stage across the Empire Theatre’s three performance venues. This month, the Empire Theatre presents its major production, smash hit Broadway musical Wicked, proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, on stage from 31 March to 9 April.
Wicked takes the classic story behind The Wizard of Oz and flips the perspective, telling the previously untold story of the Witches of Oz. Wicked director Alison Vallette said the rehearsals were well under way with an exceptional cast. “With around 160 auditionees and a cast of only 30, we were spoilt for choice and the result will be an incredible show,” Vallette said.
“As with all the Empire Theatre productions, the ‘amateur’ doesn’t rate. We will bring a truly unique production to the stage that will not be a mimic of the professional touring productions, but at the same time will have all the excitement and magic expected of this iconic musical,” she said. “I am really looking forward to developing the characters within the script to portray this interesting and unique show.”
Audiences are invited to dive into and be mesmerized by Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June. An incredible visual display using giant puppets, stilt walkers, inflatable environments, aerial and flying creatures. Audiences of all ages will enjoy an eye popping visual experience not to be missed.
May will see an incredible drama on the main stage starring actors well known from their work on both stage and screen.
Queensland Theatre’s flagship drama of 2017, Constellations, stars Lucas Stibbard (Boy Girl Wall) and Jessica Tovey (Wonderland, Home and Away) as a lovestruck beekeeper and quantum physicist whose worlds collide in a whirl of possibilities — the good, bad and ugly — all of which flicker across the stage in a series of snapshots from first dates to farewell.
Season 2017 is on sale at www.empiretheatre.com.au