Great lineup of performing arts in Ararat in 2014

ARARAT - The Ararat Performing Arts Centre has an exciting lineup of entertainment planned for this year.

The always popular free lunchtime concerts kick off tomorrow with The Hoffmans, a husband and wife country music duo.

This will be followed on March 12 by The Vincents, a 50s and 60s band to coincide with the Jailhouse Rock festival and then the Women of the Sixties on April 23, in which Gina Hogan performs classic pop songs of the 60s such as Dusty Springfield, Lulu and Lesley Gore.

John Lidgerwood leads a young and exciting cast in I Remember it Well on May 14, which will feature show classics from Gigi, Brigadoon, Camelot, Paint Your Wagon and the most magical of all - My Fair Lady.

The July act is yet to be confirmed but on September 3 Celtic Celebration will be a show featuring the return of Bubbles in the best of Scottish and Irish music and comedy.

The October 8 act is also yet to be confirmed by Senior Citizen's Week Victoria and the last hurrah of the year will be Rodney Vincent on November 19 returning for 'Last Hurrah!

All free lunchtime concerts commence at 12 noon and tickets are not required.

In addition to the popular lunchtime concerts, a number of other ticketed shows have been engaged.

Orchestra Victoria will be in town on February 27 and features 11 players performing a wonderful program of brass standards, fanfares and classics.

The original 60s' pop group The Searchers are currently on tour around Australia, performing nostalgic hits such as Needles and Pins, Sugar and Spice, Don't throw Your Love Away and When you Walk in that Room and are sure to bring back memories when they perform in Ararat on March 6.

One of the highlights of the year will be Tom Burlinson's Now we're Swingin' show, in which he performs classics from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darrin, Dean Martin, Michael Buble and Tony Bennett together with eight of Australia's best jazz musos. This will be one show to put in your diary - May 2.

The popular Melbourne Comedy Roadshow returns to Ararat on June 12 and will feature some of the best comedians from the 2014 Melbourne comedy festival performing in cabaret.

The Ararat One Act Play Festival, the longest running amateur competition in Victoria, will showcase up to 15 theatre companies including Ararat on the weekend of August 2 and 3.

For the kids The Kazoos will provide interactive and highly entertaining school holiday fun for two year olds and over. Children will be mesmerized by the characters and up dancing to the catchy tunes while grown ups will also love this show, which will be in Ararat on October 2 at 11am.

Two fantastic professional touring plays will feature towards the end of the year.

Ciao, a comical play giving insight into the lives and adventures of Italian immigrants and their culture, will feature on October 15 and on November 27, Bombshells, an amazing play that beautifully represents the notion of six women living on the edge, will be presented.

Director of the Ararat Performing Arts Centre Rod McKenzie said more shows may be added to the list of entertainment as the year goes by.

"I'm always on the lookout for entertainment that is wide ranging and diverse and may appeal to Ararat and district audiences," Mr McKenzie said.

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