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Bookings are essential. Phone Maureen 5657 2276
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
8PM SHARP AT BENA HALL
A flamenco show complete with male and female dancers,
a singer and guitar accompaniment.
This performance is full of passion, fervor, spontaneity
and intricate rhythms.
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THANKS to the 2017 Café Culture Series, which
visits the Bena Hall as part of its schedule, you do
not need any travel plans this year to get a first-
hand, authentic experience of different cultures.
For the mere cost of a season’s ticket you can
be entertained and enlightened by dance, songs,
film and stories from all around the globe.
No vaccinations, jetlag, excess baggage charg-
es or queues involved and travel time and park-
ing is a breeze.
The series kicks off with a stunning Flamenco
Choreographer and dancer Tomas Arroquero
seeks to stretch the boundaries of the flamenco
form in his new work ‘Sonidos Flamencos’ which
explores sound, image and setting to capture an
elastic new essence of the Flamenco experience.
This flamenco feast is complete with male
and female flamenco dancers, singer and ac-
companied on guitar.
The performance is full of passion, fervour,
spontaneity and intricate rhythms.
In May, winner of prestigious Golden Fiddle
Award, Jenny Thomas has reclaimed lost Aus-
tralian cultural territory by re-telling tales of
early Australian songs.
She has collected stories of criminal women
and convict men, treachery and transportation
from Australia’s dark history.
Then she has lovingly and cleverly created
very original, haunting and musically inventive
arrangements which she performs live with her
trio ‘Bush Gothic’.
The third show in the series sees Italian film di-
rector Angelo Drovetti’s 1924 silent film Dall’Italia
All’Australia (From Italy to Australia) screened
with a live music accompaniment provided by
four-piece band ‘I Viaggiatori’ (The Voyagers).
The work is regarded by many as the most com-
prehensive film ever made of a migrant voyage.
It chronicles the voyage of the passenger
steam ship Regina d’Italia (Queen of Italy) dur-
ing an epic 8000-nautical-mile, seven-week
world odyssey from Genoa to Australia, by way
of Egypt and Sri Lanka.
The film features fascinating footage of each port
and city including precious images of Perth, Ad-
elaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
The series crescendos in October with the up-
beat, fun and light hearted band ‘The Wikimen’
who have extraordinarily vast styles of music in
their huge repertoire.
Expect to hear Hawaiian blues, pop, samba,
Western Swing, even Mills brothers’ songs com-
plete with heavenly harmonies and exotica mu-
sic for your listening and dancing pleasures.
The Cafe Culture Series has been running for
Each program has an emphasis on praising
originality, honouring traditions and valuing in-
It strives to keep the program fresh, interest-
ing and inspiring.
The 2017 series is your passport to a world
of culture. The first show, Sonidos Flamencos,
will be performed on February 17 at the Bena
Hall (8pm sharp).
You can purchase tickets just for this show or
consider a great value, discounted season’s ticket.
Ring Maureen on 56572276 to make a booking
for individual shows or for more information.
The 2017 Café Culture Series is presented in
Bena by the Bena Hall Committee working in col-
laboration with Just Shows To Go.
It’s supported by the Victorian Government
through Creative Victoria.
THE ‘Heat is on in Saigon’ or so goes the
first musical number from Wonthaggi Theat-
rical Group’s production of Miss Saigon, set
to open on Saturday, May 27.
But the heat was already on at the theatre
group’s headquarters, at the Wonthaggi State
Coal Mine site, when cast members hit the
rehearsal floor for the first time last Sunday.
Humidity was high outside and in as the
production crew put the cast through its pac-
es, in song and dance, with musical director
Kirk Skinner and pianist Jane Hobson lead-
ing the singing, choreographer Anthea Dono-
hue the dance and director Wayne Moloney
keeping a close eye on the action.
He was delighted with what he saw from the
“Congratulations everyone, today was a
great start and a foundation to build a truly
wonderful production of Miss Saigon on,” he
“Keep bringing that energy and focus.”
He was also rapt to have the skeleton of the
set to work on after the set building team,
headed up by Darren Green and John Cut-
triss, worked right through after Christmas
to have it ready in time.
“A million thanks to our set building team
working so hard to give us a set from day
one,” said Wayne.
An exact replica of the Wonthaggi Arts Cen-
tre stage is set out in the theatre group’s re-
hearsal space, meaning that the cast is work-
ing in the right positions from the beginning.
The rehearsal kicked off with a short video
presentation, and the scene was well and tru-
ly set by the unmistakable sound of Iroquois
helicopters flying over.
And even after one day of rehearsal, it
sounds and looks like another exciting un-
dertaking from the group with some stunning
features expected to be included as the pro -
The following are the performance dates
and times for Miss Saigon; May 27 @ 7.30pm
(opening night), Sunday, May 28 1.30pm
(matinee), then June 1 and 2 at 7.30, June
3 at 1.30 and 7.30, Sunday, June 4 at 5pm
and June 8 and 9 at 7.30, June 10 at 1.30
and 7.30, with a final performance on Sun-
day, June 11 of the Queen’s Birthday Long
Weekend at 1.30pm.
THE 50th Music for the People concert will
be postponed until 2018 due to unavailability
of suitable headline bands for the event.
Despite significant effort, a suitable head-
line act could not be secured for the last Sun-
day in February at Mossvale Park.
A key element of the Music for the People
event has been the involvement of local groups
including the South Gippsland Brass Band
and the South Gippsland Concert Orchestra,
neither of which would have been available if
the concert date was to be changed to March.
The council will focus its efforts on ensur-
ing that the event next year will progress; so
far the very popular Australian Navy Band
has been secured as the headline act.
Mayor Ray Argento said it was disappointing
to have to postpone the event but is enthusias-
tic for the 50th concert to go ahead in 2018.
“Our preference would be for the concert
to proceed however this is not possible in
“Council envisages that the 50th Music for
the People concert will be a major success.
By securing the Australian Navy Band ear-
ly we are heading in the right direction for
a day of great entertainment in 2018, ”
Cr Argento said.
The South Gippsland Brass Band intends
to hold a social music day on February 26 at
Mossvale Park. More information about this
event will be available in coming weeks.
The council is exploring other options in-
cluding the possibility of a touring music
event in 2017; more information will be pro -
vided to the community when available.
Music for the People postponed
Miss Saigon musical director Kirk Skinner and rehearsal pianist Jane Hobson get the first
rehearsal for the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group off to a successful start last Sunday. m120617
Heat is on for new
Flamenco finds Australia
via Hawaii and Italy
The Café Culture series begins with a Flamenco dance show at the Bena Hall on February 17.
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