26 Nov 2015

Empire Theatres Launch 2016 Season

A huge year of diverse and exciting entertainment for local audiences has been unveiled with the launch of the Empire Theatres 2016 Season.

Headlining the 2016 Season is the Empire Theatres major in-house production of the high energy song and dance spectacular, Legally Blonde the Musical.

Empire Theatres General Manager, Kerry Saul said Legally Blonde the Musical, proudly supported by Heritage Bank and adapted from the hit film starring Reese Witherspoon, is a modern and funny story.

“We are looking forward to delivering a production of the high quality we have become known for,” Mr Saul said.

“Legally Blonde has an incredible creative team with a director of international repute, Morgan Dowsett, a highly experienced and talented musical director Julie Whiting and incredible Brisbane- based choreographer, George Canham,” he said. 

Other highlights of the season include the return of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland’s Barber of Seville and Queensland Pops Orchestra’s Best of British.

“The 2016 Season is very broad in what it has to offer including Guy Sebastian and Icehouse early next year as well as the comedy series of Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow, Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase and Aboriginal Comedy Allstars, sponsored by MacDonald Law,” Mr Saul said.

“There is also wonderful selections for our younger audience with a fantastic children’s program featuring circus act Trash Test Dummies, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Andy Griffith’s The 52-Storey Treehouse, HIPPO! HIPPO! and the incredible children’s retelling of Mao’s Last Dancer, The Peasant Prince,” he said.

“Our selection of drama is exemplary this year with Queensland Theatre Company’s Quartet (starring Toowoomba’s Kate Foy) and Country Song, our second community production Breaker Morant, Noni Hazelhurst in Mother, shake and stir’s Wuthering Heights and Tequila Mockingbird.”

The popular Morning Melodies series returns for 2016 with variety shows Back to the Tivoli in February and October, the sound of swinging London in  Cool Britannia, The Beggars SING!, Tenori and for the first time, the locally produced Empire Theatre’s Broadway Favourites.

February Film Feast presented by Colin Mackay The Good Guys, also makes a return to the Empire Lawn featuring screenings of a children’s film, local, Australian and international short films as well as live music and food stalls.

“While there are many performances announced as part of the 2016 Season launch, rest assured there will be many more shows going on sale as the year progresses,” Mr Saul said.

The 2016 Empire Card offers discounted ticket prices, special offers and bar purchases, as well as additional benefits including special offers with Fitzy’s on Church and Toowoomba’s chocolateria, Cioccolato.

The 2016 Season and the 2016 Empire Card is now on sale. For more information or to become an Empire Cardholder, visit www.empiretheatre.com.au, visit the Box Office at 56 Neil Street, Toowoomba or phone 1300 655 299.