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19th July 2018

Johnny Nicol: My Music, My Life, My Story

The inimitable singer/guitarist Johnny Nicol is known as a bit of a legend in the Australian jazz scene. Having been in the business now for over 50 years, he has worked with some of the greats both in Australia and overseas and has an unmistakable style that is all his own. As a former member of the now legendary Maori Troubadours, Johnny has travelled all throughout Australia. It was during this time that he learned the craft of entertaining. After leaving the Troubadours to go solo, Johnny travelled overseas and further honed his craft performing in many prestigious venues in Las Vegas, Miami, the Bahamas and throughout Europe and the UK. Once back in Australia, Johnny quickly found his place as a contemporary jazz artist. Critics acclaimed him “the finest jazz guitar stylist in Australia” and “our own George Benson in both vocal style and guitar technique”. The night will also include guest appearances by a number of prominent Indigenous artists and public figures, including Professor Gracelyn Smallwood (Welcome to Country), Shireen Malamoo (Singer), Maggie Walsh (MC), Sean Choolburra (Comedian, Alfred Henaway (Foyer session during intermission), Aicey Zaro (Singer) and more.

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15th August 2018

Morning Melodies: Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men

Let’s turn back the clock and celebrate the wonderful era of the Hollywood movie musicals and the song and dance men that made it so magical! In this sensational new show, Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men brings together the exciting dance routines and fabulous songs of legendary performers like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Donald O’Connor, Frank Sinatra and many more in one glorious stage production, especially designed for your enjoyment. Take a trip down memory lane with some of the most memorable music ever written including: The Way You Look Tonight, Pennies From Heaven, Be A Clown, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Blue Skies, Well Did You Evah, That’s Entertainment, You’re the Top, Make Em Laugh and many more. With plenty of toe-tapping tunes and great show-stopping dancing, Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men gives you a sneak peek into the lives, the songs and the dance routines of the best song and dance men of all time, leaving you with a smile on your face, a spring in your step and humming a little tune.

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16th August 2018

Josephine Wants to Dance

Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Adapted by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry. Josephine Wants to Dance is a story about dreams, believing in yourself … and a dancing kangaroo From the award-winning duo of Diary of a Wombat comes another hilarious tale of a bush animal you’ll never forget. Josephine is a kangaroo – who loves to dance. When a ballet troupe comes to the sleepy town of Shaggy Gully, Josephine learns that there is another way to dance and she’s called to forget everything she’s ever thought possible to follow her dreams! A hilarious musical comedy directed by the team that brought you Pete the Sheep!

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18th August 2018 to 19th August 2018

The Golden Octopus Foundation Burdekin R.U.M Weekend

It’s where the bush meets the beach and where man meets beast. It’s where music creates mateship and where ute lovers rejoice. It’s R.U.M - Rodeo, Utes and Music. Put on your best Akubra, get a little dust under the nails and head to The Golden Octopus Foundation Burdekin R.U.M Weekend. Experience a weekend long program of rodeo, utes, music and just good old fashioned fun. Cheer on Australia’s best Bull Riders from lunch time on Saturday and then dance the night away with live entertainment from The Keely Johnson Band followed by Australia’s biggest country rock band, The Wolfe Brothers. Rise and shine on Sunday and experience North Queensland’s biggest Ute Muster featuring a stellar line up of entertainment including national rockabilly band The Hi-Boys, leading Australian Country Music duo The Long and Short Of It and Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year, Mason Hope. With onsite camping available all weekend, a licenced bar and an array of food and beverages to purchase there’s no reason to leave! Yeeehaaa!

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6th September 2018

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

This made-in-Australia globetrotting show is truly quite legendary, selling out in places like Sydney Opera House, Raffles Singapore and London’s West End. In this, its 20th birthday year, it comes to Burdekin Theatre – but be warned: it’ll sell out here too, so early booking is essential! Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a three-course meal along with plenty of laughs and audience participation in this five-star immersive show – a show that’s never the same twice, because it’s 70 per cent improvised. It’s great for comedy fans, theatre fans, or anyone who just fancies going out for an unforgettable meal and a good time. This true blend of ingenious comedy and unique theatrical script is a multi-sensory treat where chaos reigns right from the start.

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7th September 2018

KooKoo Kookaburra

Kookoo is a kind and well-loved kookaburra - famous for entertaining the other bush creatures with his funny stories. One day Kookoo runs out of kind stories to tell so, he turns to teasing and making fun of the other animals. Refusing to listen to the sage advice of his uncle, Kookoo finds himself alone and ignored by his friends. When he listens to the sound of his own laughter, it is an unhappy sound. Finally he remembers his uncle's wise words, ‘Kindness is like a boomerang - if you throw it often, it comes back often...’

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10th October 2018

Morning Melodies: Frankly Sinatra

Australian Music Theatre Star Philip Gould and Award winning singer/actress Michelle Fitzmaurice team up to sing and dance their way through 22 hits of the man they called the ‘Chairman of The Board’, Frank Sinatra. But this will be much more than that. The fascinating life story of Frank Sinatra will be told through skillfully written narration and all of this in front of the backdrop of wonderful stills of many of Frank's life on the big screen. The show will also contain many hits from the women in Frank's Life. Nancy Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Judy Garland will be some of the wonderfully talented women highlighted in the production. Classic Sinatra hits will be performed, including My Way, Three Coins in a Fountain, Fly Me to the Moon, High Hopes to name but a few.

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12th October 2018 to 14th October 2018

Burdekin Readers' and Writers' Festival

Ignite Your Mind Burdekin Readers' and Writers' Festival 2018 will be the third literary festival staged, the inaugural festival occurring in 2015. Organisers of the three day event endeavour to give the local community and surrounding regions the opportunity to attend "conversations with high profile Australian authors" and explore and expand their writing skills by attending Writing Workshops. On the Friday evening "Dinner with the Authors' is a further opportunity for attendees to mix and mingle with guest authors in a pleasant, social atmosphere. Differing from the sometime industrial feel of big city festivals, this Literary Festival will inspire, stimulate and entertain.

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11th November 2017 to 10th November 2018

Home Hill Harvest Festival

Home Hill Harvest Festival celebrates the rich agricultural history of the Burdekin and the great lifestyle that comes from living off the land. The festival program commences early October and concludes with the Grande Parade and Mardi Gras in early November. The Grand Parade is a display of colourful floats, magical performances and lots of giveaways. The Mardi Gras features children’s activities, rides and entertainment. As well as interesting and interactive information stalls, displays and art exhibitions. Food and beverage stalls are a plenty offering a wide array of locally made delights and the bar has cold beverages ready to serve. Enjoy live entertainment from an array of musicians and performers throughout the night.

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5th December 2018

Morning Melodies: Christmas with Karen Knowles

Karen Knowles, one of Australia’s favourite singers, will come to the Burdekin for a special Christmas concert on 6 December 2018. Well known for her Carols and Christmas repertoire and regular performances as part of the Lord Mayors Carols broadcast throughout Queensland on Channel 7, Karen will perform with her musical director David Cameron accompanying her on piano and guitar. Join Karen for a wonderful selection of her hits, standards and your favourite Christmas songs as her music moves you into the true spirit of Christmas.

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