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Get Sprung! This School Holidays With Riverlinks

Riverlinks has school holiday fun in store with performances of Australian children’s play, `Sprung!’ on Wednesday 7th July.

`Sprung!’ is based on a story written by popular television personality, Andrew Daddo, and is the tale of Fergus Kipper’s journey, his discovery of boundaries and responsibilities and the way in which his parents eccentrically go about teaching him right from wrong.

Manager of Performing Arts and Conventions, Mr Rob Robson, said the play was all about the joy of being a kid in Australia.

“Much of the story is based on Daddo’s own experiences as a mischievous young boy who was always in trouble,” Mr Robson said.

“The humour of the play lies in the unimaginable situations Fergus finds himself in and the consequences related to his trouble-maker ways.”

`Sprung!’ is brought to Riverlinks by Monkey Baa Productions, who have previously brought such delightful children’s shows as `The Bugalug’s Bum Thief’ and `Worry Warts’.  The show is directed by Kim Hardwick and stars a host of well-known Australia actors.

“Seasoned Bell Shakespeare performer, David Hynes, is starring as Fergus Kipper, with Paul Kelman, Zoe Houghton, Blair Venn and Sandra Eldridge also appearing,” Mr Robson added.

To celebrate the school holiday fun at Riverlinks, the box office will give away a second ticket to `Sprung!’ to each customer buying a ticket during one of the “Possum Magic” Riverlinks Family Fun Days, held on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th June.

`Sprung!’ will be held at the WestSide Performing Arts Centre on
Wednesday 7th July at 1.00 and 7.00 pm. Tickets are available at the Riverlinks Box Office on 5832 9511, or in person at the Eastbank Centre, Welsford Street, Shepparton.  All tickets are $12.00.

For more information about `Sprung!’ or other shows in the Riverlinks program, please contact the Riverlinks Box Office.

Photography Exhibition Opening – Worlds Apart

A new photography exhibition will open at the Shepparton Art Gallery on Wednesday 23rd June, featuring the work of local photographer, John Teague.

Shepparton Art Gallery Director, Ms Leanne Willis, said the exhibition, `Worlds Apart’, presents a range of experimental, creative and traditional photography in a wide variety of subjects including landscape and architecture.

“John Teague is an accomplished artistic photographer.  He is a keen exhibitor with the Australian Photographic Society and has received in excess of one hundred awards at the national level and twenty five awards internationally, including gold and silver medals,” Ms Willis said.

“John has also represented Australia in the Federation of International Art Photography photographic biennials and Trans-Tasmans with numerous photographic images.”

The exhibition will run in the Community Gallery until Sunday 18th July.

For more information, please contact Leanne Willis on 5832 9861.

Admission to Shepparton Art Gallery is free and it is open seven days a week from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. The gallery is located in the Eastbank Centre,
70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, phone 5832 9861.

Riverlinks Brings Some Possum Magic to your School Holidays

Greater Shepparton families can enjoy a taste of Australian bush magic with the new musical production of Possum Magic this school holidays.

Greater Shepparton City Council’s Manager of Performing Arts and Conventions, Rob Robson, said the musical celebrates the 21st year of Mem Fox’s beautiful children’s book.

“The musical captures the magic of the story and is a great tribute to this well-loved book,” Mr Robson said.

Possum Magic follows the story of Grandma Poss and her invisible baby possum, Hush, as they journey through the Australian bush making `bush magic’.

“This production of the musical is brought to us by Garry Ginivan, who has previously brought popular children’s shows such as Pinnochio and Peter Rabbit to Riverlinks.”

“The show features life sized puppets, a `toe-tapping’ score and a cast of multi-talented performers,” Mr Robson added.

To celebrate the performances of Possum Magic, Riverlinks, in conjunction with the Shepparton Art Gallery, is holding two Family Fun Days on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th June.

“Families can enjoy sing-along music with Bianca Fenn and Ryan Meeking, storytelling with Dale Roberts, face painting with Crackles the Clown, art gallery workshops and special tours of the new Play School exhibition.”

“The Eastbank Caf‚ will even have a special `Possum Magic’ menu, complete with lamingtons, pavlova and vegemite sandwiches.”

Possum Magic will be performed at the Eastbank Centre at 6.30 pm on Monday 28th June and 10.30 am on Tuesday 29th June.

For bookings or more information, please contact the Riverlinks Box Office on 5832 9511.  The Box Office is open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on weekdays and 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on weekends.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Back in Town

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will wow audiences in Greater Shepparton with a concert on Wednesday 16th June at the Eastbank Centre.

Manager of Performing Arts and Conventions, Rob Robson, said Greater Shepparton is one of only a few regional centres to receive an annual visit from the world renowned orchestra.

“Greater Shepparton has always delivered large and enthusiastic audiences for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra concerts, and this is the main reason they keep coming back,” Mr Robson said.

“The orchestra is also continually impressed by the outstanding quality of our performing arts venues.”

The program for this year’s concert includes Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Tchaikovksy’s Violin Concerto, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

“The Shepparton concert will also feature exciting young violinist, Kristian Winther.  There is certainly something in the program for all tastes,” Mr Robson added.

Patrons are invited to attend a free pre-concert talk which will introduce the program and give an insight into the music chosen by the orchestra.

“We encourage everyone to come along and help make sure the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra continues to class Greater Shepparton as one of their `must play’ destinations,” Mr Robson concluded.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will play at 8.00 pm at Eastbank on Wednesday 16th June.  The pre-concert talk will begin at 7.00 pm.

Tickets are available at the Riverlinks Box Office on 5832 9511, or in person at the Eastbank Centre, Welsford Street, Shepparton.

Delightful Afternoons With Riverlinks

Riverlinks will present an afternoon of quality entertainment this Tuesday 15th June, as part of its successful `Afternoon Delights’ program.

Manager of Performing Arts and Conventions, Rob Robson, said the Afternoon Delights program offered an opportunity for residents to be entertained by a variety of acts during the day.

“It is a particularly important program for those patrons who find it difficult to go out during the evening, and we find it is very well received.  Most of our afternoon shows reach full capacity audiences, which is wonderful,”
Mr Robson said.

Past performers at Afternoon Delights sessions have included such Australian icons as Denise Drysdale, Denis Walters and Kamahl.

Mr Don Watt, regular attendee from the 60s Plus and South Shepparton Probus clubs, said the program was a wonderful opportunity for his group members to meet up with friends.

“It is such an important program because it provides a social outlet for those people who would otherwise not leave the house, and who certainly wouldn’t be able to get down to Melbourne to see such quality shows,” Mr Watt said.

“Afternoon tea is always provided and there are often lucky door prizes to be won, so it becomes a real `day out’.”

“The artists who perform often appear afterwards to speak to the audience, which is a big thrill for everyone who goes along,” Mr Watt added.

The next Afternoon Delights performer will be Judy Glenn in `A Comedy of Arias’, a hilarious homage to the world of the operatic diva.

`A Comedy of Arias’ will be held at the Eastbank Centre on Tuesday 15th June at 1.30 pm. Tickets are available at the Riverlinks Box Office on 5832 9511, or in person at the Eastbank Centre, Welsford Street, Shepparton.

For more information about the Afternoon Delights program, please contact the Riverlinks Box Office.