Shows for kids, young adults, music fans, lovers of drama, Indigenous performances, circus and opera.
This year’s Orange Civic Theatre subscription season has it all.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said, with more shows than ever, theatre goers in Orange were spoilt for choice.
“We are incredibly proud of the huge lineup this year,” Cr Kidd said.
“Not only are there more shows, 30 in fact, the calibre of shows is phenomenal.
“For example, the theatre was able to secure Calamity Jane, starring Virgina Gay, from a sold out season at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney.
“This is a big deal because Orange is the only stop, outside of metropolitan theatres, the touring production will make.”
Hundreds of people packed the Orange Civic Theatre last night for the official launch of the 2018 subscription season.
Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair Kevin Duffy said people who signed up to the subscription season received first choice of seats for all shows.
“Tickets for these amazing performances are on sale now for anyone who signs up to a subscription season,” Cr Duffy said.
“Everyone else will have to wait until December 11 to purchase tickets.”
Orange Civic Theatre Performing Arts and Venues Manager Michelle Pearce said she was proud the performances this season were aimed at a broad range of ages and backgrounds.
“As usual we have a great line-up for young children with the 78 Storey Treehouse, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Yo Diddle Diddle and The Magic Pudding,” Ms Pearce said.
“We love having children in the theatre and it’s great they can grow up with an appreciation for live performances.
“We also have Indigenous performances full of integrity, written and performed by Indigenous people.
“For example we have Which Way Home by the Ilbijerri Theatre Company, which tells the story of what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today.
“Personally I love Circus Oz so it’s great to have them back again and I also enjoy working with the Orange Theatre Company who have three shows booked for this year.”
Ms Pearce said she made a concerted effort to increase the number of dramas at the theatre after customer feedback.
She said there were plenty of genuine Australia dramas to choose from on top of crowd favourites such as the renowned Bell Shakespeare Company’s performance of Julius Cesar.
There is also plenty of options for a younger crowd with pit stops from the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, a tour from Eurovision contestant Isaiah and a play called A Town Named War Boy about young men in the First World War.
“I think we have really hit every demographic with this year’s subscription season and I encourage everyone to sign up,” Ms Pearce said.
“You get first choice of seats and discounted prices but you don’t have to pay for all your shows up front.
“You can spread the cost throughout the year with a direct debit before each show you choose to go to.
“You also have the chance to win complimentary season passes if you sign up before Tuesday December 12. ”