The impressive new program was unveiled to 2021 members at a VIP event, hosted by top Australian children’s entertainer Jimmy Rees (well known under his stage name of Jimmy Giggle), recently at Frankston Arts Centre.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, children’s show The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Sydney Dance Company’s Impermanence, Opera Australia’s Carmen, an entrancing repertoire including new works performed by The Australian Ballet School and Windmill Theatre Company’s Amphibian are just a few of the shows set to wow audiences throughout the year.
A production of George Orwell’s powerful Animal Farm, the charming and wacky kids show Brass Monkeys and Mental As Everything – a raw and honest cabaret that explores the multifaceted nature of mental illness – are also among the highlights.
Mr Rees said he was thrilled to attend the launch, fondly recalling his first time on stage in a school production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Frankston Arts Centre. He also spoke about the power of the arts to transform lives and bring people together, adding: “It helps us think outside the box.”
Frankston Arts Centre’s Head of Programming, Tammy Ryan, said the Centre team is excited to bring back the energy, passion, life and unforgettable experiences to the venue following the ‘intermission’ of 2020 caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
“As 2021 unfolds and after working with artists, touring companies and arts organisations we are delighted that many of the shows originally scheduled to perform in 2020 are once again able to return to Frankston as part of this year’s program.”
“It was incredibly important to honour the arrangements, livelihoods and work of the artists and companies that were halted in 2020 and we sincerely hope that we can bring the shows to you as planned this year, along with revealing some incredible new shows as part of the program,” said Ms Ryan.
Ms Ryan added: “The generosity and graciousness of our patrons throughout the lockdown has been uplifting – sincere gratitude to you all.”
North-West Ward Cr Sue Baker said it is wonderful to see audiences back enjoying a diverse, stimulating and highly entertaining range of shows.
“Frankston Arts Centre is the cultural heart of Frankston City and our Centre staff have worked tirelessly to reschedule, reopen, reinvent and reconnect. The wellbeing of patrons, performers and staff is paramount and all shows are presented according to current COVID safe practices.”
“The Centre team is excitedly looking forward to welcoming back patrons and know that under their masks are beaming smiles,” said Cr Baker.
For more information about Frankston Arts Centre’s Season 2021, visit: www.thefac.com.au for details.
Image: shake & stir presents Animal Farm (supplied)