Puppet shows, live music, comedy and jazz coming to the Ararat Town Hall

The Ararat Town Hall has announced it’s 2019 season which includes puppet shows for children, live music, comedy shows and jazz.

The first show to be welcomed into town this year will be The Hoffmans Variety Show on Wednesday 13th March – a free lunchtime concert at midday.

The Hoffmans performance will include hits from Ed Sheeran and Andre Bocelli, Nana Mouskouri and Australian artists such as John Williamson and the Seekers.

PHOTO: Ararat Town Hall (Facebook)

Acrobatics will take over in April when By a Thread visits Ararat. In this show, long spools of white rope run wrap around bodies, explicitly connecting the artists’ movements above and off the ground. Seven acrobats will perform this acclaimed production which the Arts Hub calls, “an intricate and mesmerising piece of art.”

The group will perform on Tuesday 2nd April with a show at 11am for school groups and 7:30pm for the public.

PHOTO: Ararat Town Hall (Facebook)

Puppets for the children will be next to arrive on April 12th at 11am. Picasso and His Dog is a show that celebrates the animals with whom we share our lives while exploring what it is to be creative and to create.

The puppet theme continues on April 19th when A Little Bit of Blue hits the Pomonal Hall stage. It’s a solo show that incorporates puppetry and clowning to explore the unique habits of the Bowerbird. The show starts at 11am, children under 12 pay $12.

Warm up for the Grampians Grape Escape on May 3rd when comedy duo Damian Callinan and Paul Calleja drop in for some champagne. They will perform their show The Wine Bluffs at 7:30pm, answering questions such as… what wine goes best with Fairy Bread?

PHOTO: The Wine Bluffs (Website)

Don Costa will perform his Country Super Hits Show on May 8th at midday, as a part of the free lunchtime concerts. Don Costa was immortalised into the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2018, placing his hands in cement at the Hands of Fame Park in Tamworth.

A show for the kids will arrive in late April when Robot Song is performed on the 27th at 11am. ABC’s Fiona Parker recommends the show to the next generation, “a must-see for young people growing up in a world where bullying is widespread but who need to understand that difference should be seen as an asset. “

These are just some of the shows kicking off the season after the town hall was re-opened in the second half of last year.

Other shows include:

  • Bruce – A loveable screw-­up with one last shot at redemption
  • Children are Stinky – Carlos and Walsh create a show with equal measures of high calibre circus, anarchy and hilarity to suit an audience of all ages
  • The Travelling Sisters – This infectious trio conjure up characters and twists you won’t see coming. It’s a theme park ride for the soul.
  • Stardust and The Mission – Stardust tells the story of Col Brain, a professional trumpet /cornet player and bandmaster. 
  • The Ararat One Act Play Festival – with a wide variety of performances from talented actors from across the state.
  • The Sapphires – one of the Australia’s best-loved stories. Winning multiple awards as a play, film and soundtrack album there was one challenge left and that was to undertake a national tour of Australia. 

*Show descriptions from Ararat Town Hall website.

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