The Empire Theatre has just launched its 2013 Subscription Series, with audiences set to be treated with a huge year of diverse and exciting performances.
From drama to comedy, the Empire Theatre’s 2013 season provides a rich kaleidoscope of characters, locations and stories. Following in the highly successful footsteps of its 2012 major production, The Wizard of Oz, the Empire Theatre will once again produce an in-house musical, this time transporting audiences back to 1960s Baltimore for the Broadway smash hit musical, Hairspray. Empire Theatres general manager Kerry Saul, said that this hilarious and heartfelt musical will be the major highlight of the 2013 season. Another major series highlight is Giselle, performed by Queensland Ballet under the leadership of new artistic director Li Cunxin, whose bestselling autobiography Mao’s Last Dancer was adapted as a feature film in 2009. The Empire Theatre will host the world premiere of Giselle in May. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Imperial Russian Ballet and Oz Opera are also scheduled to perform throughout the year.
Drama enthusiasts can enjoy shake & stir theatre company’s award-winning Animal Farm, while the classic tale of Frankenstein has been adapted by Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre Company into a spinetingling new version. Lovers of comedy are well catered for with Akmal, Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow and the Empire Theatre’s own production of the fastpaced parody The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) all included in the 2013 Series.
The ever popular Morning Melodies series will also return, with Back to the Tivoli, Billy Raymond, John McNally and a special Spirit of Christmas spectacular. The Empire Theatre’s successful youth program, Empire Youth Arts, will again offer drama workshops, holiday workshops and its elite performance program, the IMPACT Ensemble.
For more information or to book your subscription visit www.empiretheatre.com.au, visit 56 Neil St, Toowoomba or call 1300 655 299.