A former newspaper journo and editor, Monique Mulligan is the author of My Silly Mum, Fergus the Farting Dragon, and is a publisher with Serenity Press. Visit www.moniquemulligan.com
Published January 29th 2019
Expect maximum entertainment at Koorliny Arts Centre in 2019, with an exciting performance season that has something for everyone, from theatre to art to literary events.
If you haven't heard of it, Koorliny Arts Centre is a small theatre that's established itself as one of Western Australia's foremost community theatre venues, providing Perth with award-winning theatre and a friendly community atmosphere.
As a producer, Koorliny continues to be recognised for its sustained excellence in community theatre, recently winning two major awards at the 44th Robert Finley Awards (Best Actor in a Musical and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical) and coming runner-up in the Best Musical category for Rock of Ages.
In April, the Koorliny Arts Centre and Kwinana Industries Council 2019 Performance Season kicks off with iconic all-Australian musical The Boy From Oz. The performance season will also include two plays – Driving Miss Daisy (June) and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (December) – and a lesser-known musical called Tick, Tick … Boom! from the creator of Rent (August).
The best way to keep informed of upcoming auditions is to like the centre's Facebook page, keep an eye on other Perth-based Facebook theatre groups (such as Theatre WA), or sign up for its monthly newsletter.
Stories on Stage is back for 2019, kicking off with crime writer Dervla McTiernan on March 20. Other confirmed authors are Tess Woods, Louise Allan and Alice Nelson. A home-baked supper makes these events stand out, and each evening includes an onstage in-conversation, book sales and signings, and a meet and greet.
The ever-popular Morning Melodies programme is back, with Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison and other tribute acts all part of the line-up. Tickets to these shows do sell fast so it's best to book early, especially if seats close to the front are needed. A light morning tea is included.
Cabernet & Canvas will host a painting class at the centre in February, with laughs expected as participants try their hand at painting a masterpiece (with step-by-step instructions).
Touring shows include Practically Perfect, a show celebrating the music of Julie Andrews, and Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men, which brings together the exciting dance routines and fabulous songs of legendary performers in one glorious stage production.
Hugely popular psychic-medium Peter Williams is coming back to Koorliny for two shows (March and September) during which he'll demonstrate his amazing ability to communicated with loved ones on the other side.
Children's drama and musical theatre classes resume from February 4.
Barking Gecko Theatre Company is continuing its partnership with the centre, delivering Gecko Ensembles – in-term drama workshops – for children aged 8-17 years on Saturdays. Enrolments for Gecko Ensembles can be made by visiting the Barking Gecko Theatre Company website.
Musical theatre classes taught by performer Katie Williams will be held on Monday afternoons for children aged 5-16 years. For more information or to enrol, visit the Koorliny Arts Centre Box Office or the centre's website.
Music and dance lessons also continue to be provided through Wellard School of Music and Instep Performance Academy. Burlesque classes are expected to be on offer from February. For more information about them, visit the Community Projects page on the centre's website.
Other programmes continuing at the centre in 2019 include the Koorliny Leisure Painters group (Tuesdays from 9am to noon), the monthly Coffee Shop Book Club, and ninja classes on Wednesday evenings. More programmes are expected to be added during the year.
Finally, you've got to check out the community jigsaw puzzle in the Box Office area. It's a 40,000 piece Disney jigsaw puzzle and people over 12 are encouraged to come along and help piece it together.
For information about any of the shows, including fees/ticket or contact Koorliny Arts Centre on 9467 7118.