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Kitty Flanagan and Akmal among Brolga acts this year

Comedian Akmal Saleh will hit the Brolga Theatre stage on March 22.
Comedian Akmal Saleh will hit the Brolga Theatre stage on March 22.

TICKETS are selling fast for Irish sensations Celtic Thunder and comedians Kitty Flanagan and Akmal are expected to draw sellout crowds at the Brolga Theatre this year.

Celtic Thunder are booked to perform on Australia Day while Kitty Flanagan will appear on February 15 and Akmal will hit the stage on March 22.

World famous concert pianist David Helfgott, portrayed by Geoffrey Rush in the 1996 film Shine, will perform on August 11, and the Imperial Russian Ballet returns on October 11.

Brolga Theatre manager Ron Murray said they would be among 30 new performances at the Brolga this year, ranging from local productions and gala concerts to international acts from all over the world.

He announced the bumper show schedule at the official season launch on Wednesday in front of a big audience of regular theatre patrons.

"A new year of entertainment brings with it a mix of excitement and anticipation," Mr Murray said.

"We're still working on adding to the line-up but so far we are extremely happy with the program we have put together.

"Fraser Coast residents don't have to travel outside of the region to get their cultural fix, we have it all right here."

The popular Morning Melodies concert series returns this year with the first of the six concert series, a Tribute to Tartan featuring Billy Raymond to be held on February 28.

Following the success of last year's screening, the Brolga Theatre is now one of the 48 official venues that will screen Flickerfest on March 13.

For cabaret fans, An Evening with David Scheel on April 13 includes a two-course dinner courtesy of Gusto Restaurant and Bar.

Mr Murray said working closely with Maryborough Regional Arts Council had resulted in three performances from the Arts Queensland 2013 Artour program booked for the Brolga.

They are Flamenco Fire - Gypsy Pathways (March 16), Gone with the Wind (May 13) performed as a radio drama on stage and Skitchtease (October 12), an intimately revealing comic cabaret with Liz Skitch.

The Fraser Coast Cultural Festival Gala Concert will feature Australia's leading Indian music ensemble Sufi Soul on March 23 and Max Pellicano, considered to be one of the best Elvis impersonators around, takes to the stage on April 11.

UK band Smokie returns to the region to perform on November 12.

Community theatre is also alive and well with four performances of the Three Musketeers in April, another Maryborough Players Production, the Legend of Quasimodo Revisited in July, ZPAC Theatre will present Calendar Girls in August and the Brolga Community Theatre will stage the musical Hairspray in September.

The Best of Brass returns on June 8-9 in a slightly different format, the Maryborough Eisteddfod takes place in August and Fraser Coast Dance Schools dominate the calendar once again towards the end of the year.

Brochures with 2013 highlights are available at the theatre.

Alternatively visit brolgatheatre.org or phone 4122 6060.

Patrons can also follow the theatre on Facebook for the latest news and program information.

Topics:  brolga, maryborough, performances, performing, program, theatre




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