Dear Arts and Entertainment Lover,

Welcome to our program brochure for April/May 2022. We’ve already had a very busy start to the year and the next two months show no signs of things slowing down.

We kick off the month with three true Australian entertainment legends - Normie Rowe, Dinah Lee and Jade Hurley in the aptly titled Three Legends in Concert. After having to cancel her Queensland tour last year we are pleased to finally welcome back our cover girl Rhonda Burchmore, with her semi-autobiographical show Glamazonia, which looks back over her incredible 40 year career in showbusiness. For those big fans of Rhonda, there is also a special VIP Package available.

In April, as part of our Mornings at the Moncrieff series we pay tribute to ‘Our Glad’ with a special event to celebrate the 130th Birthday of Gladys Moncrieff, which will feature some very familiar Bundaberg performers.

Our first film this year from the Metropolitan Opera series will be an exciting new lavish production of Cinderella. These screenings have now moved from Sundays to Wednesdays. We will welcome Opera Queensland with their new concert The Sopranos and Opera Australia star Teddy Tahu Rhodes in concert with The King and Guy.

The ever popular The World of Musicals returns with yet another sensational concert featuring all your favourite musical theatre songs from the West End and Broadway. Our free community movie program continues this year with Peter Rabbit 2 during the school holidays and the moving Australian film Unsound.

Local artists from the Bundaberg region will again be given the opportunity to showcase their work with special foyer exhibitions at the Moncrieff. All artworks in these exhibitions are for sale, with sales commissions going towards supporting the annual Bundaberg Art Prize.

On behalf of all the staff here at the Moncrieff I hope you enjoy reading through this brochure and make sure you go online to artsbundaberg.com.au to see some of the other great shows coming in 2022.

Hope to see you soon at the Moncrieff.

Paul Dellit OAM
Manager, Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Foyer Exhibition:
Vanessa Allegra

14 MARCH - 9 May

When: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm and one hour prior to public performances

Born in Bundaberg, Vanessa Allegra is a contemporary figurative oil painter, a rock climber and a sailor.

Her work pauses moments of light moving over skin or feathers, portraying environmental loss and the lived experiences of the women around her. Lately, Vanessa has begun to paint light moving across the landscapes she climbs in, and her partner Mark as he moves through the ocean and the world.

Vanessa studied at the Brisbane Atelier School and now paints from her sailboat in Central Queensland.

Three Legends in Concert

SATURDAY 2 APRIL

Tickets: Adult $69.90, Concession $64.50, Group 6+ $63.50, Students $40.00
Time: 8pm
Event information: 150 minutes

Don’t miss the chance to relive all the great memories and all the great songs when these three music legends come together for one show only!

NORMIE ROWE AM was Australia’s first King of Pop with hits including “Shakin’ All Over”, “Ohh La La” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So”.

DINAH LEE (the Queen of the mods) is a New Zealand born singer with hits including “Don’t You Know Yockomo”, “Reet Petite” and “Do The Blue Beat”.

JADE HURLEY OAM dubbed by Johnny O’Keefe as Australia’s King of Country Rock is Australia’s very own Piano Man with the unique record that every record he has released has achieved gold, platinum and double platinum status.

Rhonda Burchmore is Glamazonia

SUNDAY 10 APRIL

Tickets: VIP $95.00, General $45.00
Time: 3pm
Event information: 120 minutes

Australia’s favourite showgirl celebrates 40 years from stage
to jungle with her dazzling new show GLAMAZONIA. After winning Australia’s hearts on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Rhonda takes centre stage to share songs, stories and secrets about surviving four decades in one of the world’s most formidable industries.

From London’s West End to the depths of the South African jungle, the Glamazonia herself will exhilarate audiences on a high-octane thrill ride. Rhonda will be backed by a sizzling hot band plus tantalising toy boys to help her burn up the dance floor.

Enquire about our special VIP Meet and Greet Package.

Mornings at the Moncrieff: A Tribute to Our Glad

WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL

Tickets: $25.00
Time: 11am
Event information: 75 minutes

Join as we pay tribute to one of Bundaberg’s favourite daughters, by celebrating the 130th birthday of Australian singer Gladys Moncrieff with a morning filled with glorious songs from her magnificent career.

Gladys Moncrieff OBE (13 April 1892 – 8 February 1976) was a singer who was so successful in musical theatre and recordings that she became known as ‘Australia’s Queen of Song’ and ‘Our Glad’.

My Life is Love: A Tribute to Our Glad, was originally written by award-winning playwright Margery Forde to acknowledge Gladys’ 100th birthday. Now this special performance of prose and songs, has been revised especially for this concert event. Directed by Rebecca Hutchins, My Life is Love will feature a truly wonderful line-up of Bundaberg performers including Suellen Cusack-Greensill and Logan Tinney with Alison O’Malley at the piano.

Peter Rabbit 2

THURSDAY 14 APRIL

Tickets: Free
Time: 10.30am
Event information: 93 minutes, Rated G

In Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, the lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation.

Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.

Hey kids, don’t forget to enter our Peter Rabbit 2 colouring-in competition for your chance to win some great prizes!

Cinderella: Met Opera

WEDNESDAY 20 APRIL

Tickets: Adult $28.00, Concession $24.00, Under 18 $15.00, Group 10+ $10.00
Time: 1pm
Event information: 107 minutes, produced 2021 - 2022

The Metropolitan Opera presents a new instalment in its series of abridged opera adaptations for family audiences, an English version of Massenet’s Cendrillon.

Laurent Pelly’s storybook staging, a hit of the 2017–18 Met season, is presented with an all-new English translation by Kelley Rourke with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as its rags-to-riches princess.

Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads a delightful cast, which includes mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo as Cinderella’s Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her Fairy Godmother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as her feuding guardians. Cinderella is sung in English with English subtitles.

The World of Musicals

SATURDAY 23 APRIL

Tickets: Adult $79.90, Pensioner $74.90, Student $74.90, Under 15 $59.90, Group 10+ $74.90
Time: 7.30pm
Event information: 110 minutes

The Musical Gala with an international cast brings London’s West End and New York’s Broadway to Australia with a brand-new show.
The World of Musicals brings the very best of musical theatre to life.

This incredible production with the wonderful revue of all your favourite musical theatre hits which include such classics as The Lion King, Fiddler on the Roof, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, Wicked, The Greatest Showman, Miss Saigon, The Boy from Oz and many, many more!

The Sopranos

WEDNESDAY 4 MAY

Tickets: Adult $35.00, Concession $28.00, Under 20 $20.00, Group 6+ $26.00
Time: 7.30pm
Event information: 150 minutes with interval

The Sopranos, a new commission by writer Sarah Holland-Batt, celebrates the bold and rebellious roles women have played throughout the history of opera.

In this rich and exciting terrain, women dare to be different, love more intensely than is considered proper, refuse to play the roles they were supposedly born to play – and often face shockingly violent ends.

Yet even as they meet madness or murder, sopranos command the stage with voices so virtuosic and emotionally powerful audiences are enthralled century after century. Opera Queensland is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Enjoy one of our delicious gourmet packs with your show.

Each pack includes a selection of cheese, crackers, dip, nuts and seasonal fruit.

Other delicious food and drink items are also available.

Must be pre-booked online, via phone or at the box office up to 48 hours prior to a show.

The King and Guy

SATURDAY 14 MAY

Tickets: Adult $39.00, Concession $28.00, Student $28.00, Under 15 $20.00, Group 6+ $24.00
Time: 2pm
Event information: 75 minutes

Australia’s favourite bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes and one of the country’s most popular pianists Guy Noble perform an exciting new concert of greatly loved opera arias and show tunes, as well as a surprising G & S You Tube hit, and much more.

The program includes Largo al factotum from The Barber of Seville, The Toreador Song from Carmen, Some Enchanted Evening, If I Were A Rich Man, Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’, Gilbert and Sullivan and more.

Guy Noble, renowned for his wit and engaging manner with audiences, is a sought after conductor and soloist, and has worked with all of Australia’s finest orchestras, and many of the world’s leading artists including Harry Connick Jr., Michael Bolton, Olivia Newton John, The Beach Boys, soprano Sumi Jo, and many others.
Their remarkable talent and on-stage chemistry combine to make this one of the most entertaining concerts of the year.

Three: Presented by Australasian Dance Collective

FRIDAY 20 MAY

Tickets: Adult $35.00, Concession $28.00, Under 20 $20.00, Group 6+ $26.00
Time: 7.30pm
Event information: 110 minutes, Rated 12+

Australasian Dance Collective unleashes THREE works from renowned choreographers Jack Lister, Melanie Lane and Hofesh Shechter.

One of the world’s most exhilarating and ground-breaking choreographers, Hofesh Shechter’s Cult is the work that propelled the dance revolutionary into his global career.

Melanie Lane is one of Australia’s strongest choreographic voices, seamlessly blending elegance with edgy, physicality as she delves into supernatural hybrid bodies in Alterum.

Brisbane rising star, Jack Lister, fuses dance and visual art as a poignant touchstone for our own mortality in Still Life.
THREE is a mesmerising and ambitious triple bill that has critics raving.

Foyer Exhibition:
John Leyland

16 MAY - 27 JUNE

When: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm and one hour prior to public performances

John originally discovered his love of art during his last year of school and has been painting ever since. He has sold works throughout Australia and overseas and was recently awarded first place in the Queensland Royal Art Society monthly exhibition and won the People’s Choice Award at the 2021 Bundaberg Art Prize.

Having lived on the Gold and Fraser Coast’s, where he painted in watercolours and pastels, John has called Burnett Heads home for the last seven years where he discovered the versatility of working with acrylics. He is continually developing his skills at every opportunity and hopes his art reflects his own perception of life in that it should be an impression of the beauty and diversity around us.

Wilbur the Optical Whale

WEDNESDAY 18 MAY

Tickets: Adult $35.00, Concession $28.00, Under 20 $20.00, Group 6+ $26.00, Group 10+ $24.00, Under 3 FREE
Time: 10.30am and 1pm
Event information: 40 minutes, + post-show play, Recommended 3+ years

Wilbur the Optical Whale is a ‘tale’ about friendship, acceptance and celebrating difference. One day while playing hide and seaweed, Wilbur and Cecil are set upon by the Starfish Meanie Gang! How do they get out of this one? Join Wilbur and Cecil and help them in their quest.

This live theatre performance is an immersive, interactive accessible performance. All of indelabilityarts’ shows have integrated Auslan interpreting and headphones. The set includes a quiet space as part of relaxed performance mode catering to those who may require it.

Nats What I Reckon

SUNDAY 22 MAY

Tickets: $39.90
Time: 7.15pm
Event information: 60 minutes, Rated 15+

It’s been a wild couple of years for viral comedy champion, author, rock musician and mental health advocate.

The content creator has seemingly taken over the world with sell-out tours and comedy festivals, two best-selling books, his own Nat’s What I Reckon board-game, an AACTA Award nomination and a feature spot on Courtney Act’s One + One. He’s delivered a TEDx Sydney talk, won an award and been nominated for two more for his first book, hosted Rage . . . and he’s ready to see where this ride will take him in 2022!

With hilarious commentary consistently clocking up views well into the millions, Nat has proven that he is beloved for so much more than his sweary cooking clips.

Unsound: Free Community Film

WEDNEDAY 25 MAY

Tickets: FREE
Time: 6.30pm
Event information: 88 minutes, Rated MA15+

Presented as part of National Reconciliation Week, this film tells the story of when gigging guitarist, Noah, finds himself disillusioned and transient, he quits the band of his 90’s pop icon mentor, and returns to his mother’s home in Sydney, Australia, seeking connection and rejuvenation.

Clashing with his mother over old wounds, Noah seeks solace elsewhere, and soon finds himself swept up in the vibrant, passionate life of a young, trans-man, Finn, who is a proud, Auslan - only speaker who works and runs a local centre and nightclub for his deaf community. Together, the pair traverse new ground, sharing their languages - Noah’s music and Finn’s signs – with one another.

They move carefully, as this is Finn’s first relationship while he is on the precipice of diving into his trans journey. Finn struggles to spread his wings and come into his own, as he suffocates beneath his father’s over-protection and the financial strife facing his club. Determined to reapply to his music and join a community, Noah offers to help aid the club any way he can. But as the two become closer, and with no shared language to fall back on, they only risk hurting each other, as they learn to be true to themselves.

Bundaberg Rainbow
Choir 2022

SEMESTER ONE, FEBRUARY - JUNE

Membership Fees: Semester One $145.00
Time: 6 - 8pm
Event information: Rehearses Monday evenings during school terms

Do you love to sing?
The Bundaberg Rainbow Choir is an exciting new initiative by the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre as part of its Community Engagement Program.

The Bundaberg Rainbow Choir is an inclusive non-auditioned LGBTQI community choir for singers aged 18 years and over, including our straight allies, regardless of musical ability.

Led by Choirmaster Anthonie Meerman, the Bundaberg Rainbow Choir sings every style from classical to pop, Broadway to gospel, and from cultures all over the world. As artists, we will listen to the changing world around us and transform what we hear into music. The choir will sing to challenge perceptions of the LGBTQI community, to combat fear and hatred, encourage compassion and human connection, and to thrill with the superb quality of our voices.

Rehearsals are held on consecutive Monday evenings from 6 – 8pm during school terms at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.
The all inclusive membership fee payable by participants for Semester One rehearsals in 2022 will include copies of all music required.