Circus magic, musical favourites, powerful theatre and dance, and blood-curdling horror are some of the highlights of the 2017 Riverlinks season announced on Monday night.
More than 200 people heard performing arts and conventions manager Ken Cameron with Riverlinks staff announce next year’s entertainment calendar at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre.
The evening, hosted by comedian Lana Schwarz, included stunning performances from Shepparton youth theatre group Initial Stages, including a preview of its big show for 2017 — Les Miserables.
Next year’s Riverlinks line-up includes Vika Bull and Debra Byrne in Carole King’s pop masterpiece Tapestry.
Aussie theatre and television talents John Wood and Julie Nihill perform together again for the first time since Blue Heelers in Bakersfield Mist.
Naomi Price from The Voice will also star as Adele in Rumour Has It.
Among the highlights, the popular Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is once again returning to our region.
Circus Oz is set to explode back on to the stage at WestSide with its high-octane circus show Model Citizens, as is contemporary dance company Bangarra in Terrain.
Theatre piece Coranderrk will recreate the struggle for indigenous rights through an 1881 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry.
Mr Cameron also introduced Riverlinks’s new unifying logo, a series of colourful interlinking rings.
Mr Cameron said the logo represented ripples on water and the many diverse groups that made up the Greater Shepparton region.
A full selection of next year’s shows is at www.riverlinks venues.com.au/whats-on and a printed copy of the 2017 season brochure is available at Eastbank.