​Lots to look forward to as tours head off

​Lots to look forward to as tours head off

A number of exciting productions are preparing to head out on regional tours shortly.

Queensland Theatre is takingMy Name is Jimito Thursday Island in Torres Strait, following the production’s world premiere in Cairns last month. Three performances are scheduled at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre from 14 to 16 September. This is Queensland Theatre’s first performance on Thursday Island, and is an example of the company’s commitment to the entire state via its regional engagement.

Opera Queensland’s new production of Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel will leave a trail of smiles when it tours Brisbane and South East Queensland primary schools from 14 August to 10 November, offering a sweet treat for students from Carrara to Coorparoo, and Bardon to Boonah. In collaboration with Brisbane’s boldest contemporary theatre company shake & stir, over 12,000 students will discover the magic of opera through this energetic new production of the classic fairytale opera, featuring soprano Irena Lysiuk as Gretel and mezzo-soprano Jessica Low as Hansel. The mean-spirited, short-sighted witch and gentle, caring father will both be performed by Tim Carroll.

Communities in Sunnybank, Sandgate, Caloundra, St George, Roma, Monto, Bundaberg, Capella, Proserpine, Ingham, Hughenden and Mount Isa can each expect a delightful surprise whenA Night with Opera Queensland comes to town from the 25 August.

Bell Shakespeare is touring The Merchant of Venice around a number of regional centers. Currently in Western Australia, the production will shortly be heading to regional Victoria and Tasmania. The play features three-time Helpmann Award winner Mitchell Butel as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey as Portia, and the production is directed by Anne-Louise Sarks.

Schools have another treat in store as Bell Shakespeare will be live-streaming a performance ofMacbeth from the Sydney Opera House into regional and remote schools on 16 August. The live-stream will be immediately followed by an in-depth In Conversation with director James Evans and the entire cast, curated by students, and accessible for all schools.

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