Big year in store for Lighthouse Theatre

Bethany Simons and Peter De Jager get in the mood for the Lighthouse Theatre’s 2015 program launch last night as they rehearse some of the numbers from their production Reception: The Musical.

Bethany Simons and Peter De Jager get in the mood for the Lighthouse Theatre’s 2015 program launch last night as they rehearse some of the numbers from their production Reception: The Musical.

BUSHRANGERS, balladeers and The Bard will feature in another big year of entertainment at Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre in 2015.

The program was unveiled to a large crowd last night, with special guests including Killarney musician Shane Howard, comedian Damian Callinan and singer-actress Bethany Simons.

Howard gave the audience a taste of his forthcoming album Deeper South, which he will launch in the Lighthouse Studio on February 6 — the first event listed in the 2015 season. 

Simons was on hand to perform a number from her toe-tapping comedy Reception: The Musical, which will be one of two touring shows named in the program. It will be performed at the Port Fairy Lecture Hall on February 25, the Lighthouse Studio on February 26, Mortlake Soldiers’ Memorial Hall on February 27, and Camperdown’s Theatre Royal on February 28.

The other travelling show will be Callinan’s footy comedy The Merger, which will visit the Lighthouse Studio on July 10 and Camperdown’s Theatre Royal on July 11. 

The comedian — a regular performer at the Lighthouse Theatre — amused those at the launch by delivering the “half-time speech” from The Merger.

Also on the 2015 program is the family-friendly stories of The 26 Storey Treehouse (March 24), a look at the final days of Australia’s most famous bushranger in Kelly (April 10), the return of the “urban circus” The 360 Allstars (April 30), the ever-popular Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow (May 10), international actress Miriam Margolyes in The Importance Of Being Miriam (May 22), the modern romance Sex With Strangers (June 25), true-blue comedy Australia Day (August 20), the Australian Chamber Orchestra string ensemble’s Best Of The British concert (August 27), Amity Dry’s musical Mother, Wife & The Complicated Life (September 1), Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet (October 4), the sensual dance production Carmen Sweet (October 28), and Michael Veitch’s collection of war pilot’s stories Flak (November 18).

Lighthouse Theatre manager Greg Diamantis said he and the theatre staff were proud to be presenting another eclectic and top-notch program. 

“I am very excited about the diverse program and the high quality of productions we have in store for 2015,” he said.

For more details about the program or to book tickets visit www.lighthousetheatre.com.au or call 5559 4999.

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