May 31, 2019 / By Claire Atteia
With a rich and flourishing history in the arts and theatre, Orange is a creative and cultural hub. For those in the know, Orange is a splendid weekend getaway where you can indulge in a great live show, experience delectable food and wine, and admire the beautiful surrounds of the many parks and gardens.
For the art buffs among us, you’ll be well aware of the Orange Civic Theatre in the heart of town. This gem of a place hosts a vibrant program throughout the year featuring national dance, opera and theatre companies, stand-up comedy, local independent theatre productions and live music.
So, get your skates on and head to Orange and support our regional arts scene. Here is what’s happening in town over June and July.
Emma Matthews sings Mozart Arias - 1 June, 7.00 –9.00 pm (image above)
Join Emma Matthews and the renowned Sydney Symphony Orchestra for an intimate evening of Mozart and Schubert. Emma is one of opera’s brightest stars and you’ll be swept away hearing to her exquisite voice singing Mozart’s arias and listening to Schubert’s sparkling Symphony No.3.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow - 22 June, 8.00 – 10.00 pm
For a magical night of laughter and giggles, grab your ticket to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. For two decades now, the festival has been touring far and wide across Australia, and it’s coming to Orange for one night only with a line-up of hilarious comedians ready to tickle your funny bone.
The Australian Tenors - The Spirit of Australia - 5 July, 7.30 –10.00 pm (image above)
Be mesmerised by five of the very best tenor voices in Australia. You’ll be treated to a night that includes ever-popular classical arias from well-known operas to popular tenor tunes from hit musicals. The Australian Tenors have performed with Opera Australia and the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, and this concert is sure to showcase the spirit and vocal demand of a true authentic tenor voice.
Much Ado About Nothing - 12 & 13 July, 7.30–10.00 pm
The Bell Shakespeare Company returns to town with the contemporary comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Associate Director, James Evans, this new take on the play will be a powerful exploration of the struggle for identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world. The pursuit of love is framed within a social context that enhances the darker themes in the timeless comic gem. You won’t want to miss this razor-sharp battle of wits, and you’ll be again ask the question, does love really conquer all?
Diplomacy - 31 July, 7.30–9.00 pm
Watch two Australian theatre veterans, John Bell and John Gaden, in this astonishingly powerful Ensemble Theatre production of Diplomacy, an unmissable WWII high-stakes thriller about Nazi Germany’s plot to destroy Paris. Last year’s Sydney season was sold out, so book your tickets early for a thrilling night.
So if you're looking for things to do in Orange this winter, don't just think about Orange's wineries, keep an eye on the fabulous arts and theatre events happening in this gorgeous regional town.
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