Albury Entertainment Centre’s 2018 season is already off to a flying start, with a sell-out for the first of its inaugural Café Culture Series performances.
Retro style trio The Pacific Belles was a full-house on 11 February, which has Albury Entertainment Centre’s Venue Manager Brendan Maher excited for the season ahead.
“Besides doing the standard season of our big productions, the introduction of the Café Culture Series – four mini shows up in our baby theatrette, is exciting,” Brendan said.
“City of Wodonga did it last year in their Arts Space and we’ve picked it up this year with four mini shows.
“It’s probably a bit of a new experience for people, because it’s quite a unique and intimate space, with tiered seating. It was very exciting to see the joy on people’s faces, loving the venue and the complimentary drink and nibbles at interval.
“A lot of people didn’t know our baby theatrette existed, so it’s our hidden gem within the Entertainment Centre.”
The remaining three performances in the Café Culture Series offer diversity for audiences ranging from cabaret and jazz to Bollywood.
In a fitting start to the Centre’s big productions for the year, Albury’s Flying Fruit Fly Circus will return from sell-out seasons at the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne on 24 March with their show JUNK, set in a 1940’s rural junkyard.
“Through popular demand, the success of this production and being our home grown world acclaimed Fruit Fly Circus, we’re doing a season here and it’s really exciting to be able to support our local theatre company here.”
The 2018 season is designed to feature diversity with opera, music, drama and comedy on the schedule.
“This year we’ve been selective on how we’ve finalised our program,” Brendan said.
“We’re really conscious of the market, acknowledging we have an 800 seat theatre, so we look at the bigger productions and products that don’t do commercial touring all the time.
“It’s about bringing an experience to Albury Wodonga and giving our community the opportunity to see first class theatre, without having to go to a capital city.”
Other big productions this year include an intimate performance by Marina Prior & David Hobson, DYLANesque a narrated concert capturing the Bob Dylan story, Model Citizens by Circus Oz, Bell Shakespeare’s production of Julius Caesar, Madame Butterfly presented by Opera Australia and comedy stage show Afternoons Tonight! with ABC Radio’s James Valentine.
For more information and booking details visit: http://alburyentertainmentcentre.com.au/