The Jetty Memorial Theatre is excited to announce the launch of its new 2011 season. Manager Craig Higgs tells us more.
Give us a brief background about the Jetty Memorial Theatre itself.
Originally built in 1927, the theatre spent much of its life (1930 through to the late ‘70s) as a cinema. In 2004 it underwent a major refurbishment, transforming the building into a contemporary, intimate performance space which now presents an annual subscription season made up of professional touring product, alongside local productions.
The theatre also runs the JTYOUTH (Jetty Theatre for Young People) program and is beginning to take an active role in the creation of new work with its Jetty Emerging Theatre (JET) Program.
> You’re just launching your new season program for 2011. What can we expect to see?
Season 2011 is entitled experience, and that’s just what you can expect: a new experience each time you come through the doors. We’ve put together a diverse program that includes some of the best performing arts from around the nation, right alongside our talented locals. This year we are particularly excited to be presenting not one, but two contemporary dance pieces (Untrained and Shorter+Sweeter Dance), launching our Club Cabaret and Morning Melodies programs and producing our own production to wrap up the year.
> What are some of the highlight shows that you’re looking forward to this year?
As mentioned before, Untrained, the first serving of our contemporary dance program, looks set to be an amazing production. Directed and choreographed by Lucy Guerin, it features two trained male dancers alongside two ‘blokes’ with no dance training whatsoever. It’s definitely not your average contemporary dance experience, but is an intriguing and at times hilarious examination of dance.
Another show that will surely please audiences is The Chronic Ills of Robert Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan, A Lie) a ‘freewheelin’ Bob Dylan biography with outstanding musical accompaniment and live songs that journeys through the life and times of Dylan himself.
Another highlight will be the Club Cabaret program, where you will see the theatre transformed in to an intimate cabaret venue, where you can sit down and have a drink while enjoying the comic stylings of Melbourne comedy duo The Bad Boys of Music Theatre or the local cabaret production The Invisible Woman from CHATS Inc. If all goes well, Club Cabaret will become a permanent fixture at the theatre, with regular events featuring cabaret artists from around the country.
There’s also a great family program this year, including stage adaptations of The Gruffalo, Emily Eyefinger and Seven Little Australians. Couple that with the Morning Melodies Program, and there really is something for everyone.
The full program will be launched on Friday January 28 from 5.30pm at the theatre and can be downloaded from the website at: www.jettytheatre.com.au after that.
> What else is new at the theatre?
The new bar is proving a hit with patrons. It opens one hour before and after performances, with audiences relishing the opportunity to sit and have a drink before the show and share an ale with the cast and crew post-show!
We’ve also upgraded our ticketing system, to allow for an even better experience when purchasing online. You can now choose your own seats from an interactive seat map through the website and print out your own tickets at home, to make coming to the theatre even easier. All you need to do is log on to our new website at www.jettytheatre.com.au and follow the prompts.
> Do you have a VIP program and if so, how do people get involved?
We do offer a subscription package, which allows patrons to save money on ticket prices and get first choice at seats.
All you need to do is select five or more productions from season 2011 and either sort out your subscription package online or download the subscription brochure from the website, fill out the application form in the back and get it back to us. (Priority seating closes Monday, February 14, when single ticket sales go on sale).
For more information or if you need any help, just ring the box office on 6652 8088.
> Thank you Craig.