Hunter Valley Christmas Lights

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Each year the Hunter Valley Gardens at Pokolbin hosts their annual Christmas Light display. I’ve been fortunate to be able to enjoy the exhibition for the past two years. It’s so extensive, it’s hard to cover it all in just … Continue reading

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The Paul Ractliffe Scholarship Award 2018


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Congratulations to James Kampas, recipient of this year’s Paul Ractliffe Scholarship Award.

James received his award at the close of Xtract Drama Academy’s impressive production of A Christmas Carol where he excelled as Scrooge’s nephew, Fred. Academy Director and drama teacher, Danielle Brame Whiting, tells me that when James  joined XtrAct at the beginning of 2016, he brought with him an amazing energy and a big heart. “With a playful nature James naturally leaned towards the comic side of performance, and indeed has excellent timing. However, in 2017 he auditioned for the XtrAct Performance Group with a view to taking his acting more seriously and pursuing more serious roles. In addition to XtrAct, 2017 saw James take on the lead in the St Peter’s Catholic College production of Little Shop of Horrors and near the end of that year he was cast as the young male lead in WMTCs Rock of Ages.

“2018 was a big year of growth for James both personal and in developing his craft. In addition to performing in Rock of Ages, James performed with the XPG class in Jopuka Productions’ ‘Short Cuts’ short play festival, a pantomime at the XtrAct Juniors major concert, and featuring as Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, whilst taking up multiple small roles, in the XPG major production, A Christmas Carol.”

In addition to his performances, Danielle notes that James has volunteered to assist at the XtrAct juniors shows, gone out of his way to help and support his cast mates, and worked hard to develop his process as an actor. “All of this whilst completing his H.S.C!”

Here he is pictured receiving his award from Danielle after the performance at The Art House, Wyong, last Thursday:

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Well done, James!

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ABOUT THE CENTRAL COAST IS RETIRING


Greetings everyone,

I’m writing to let you know that I’ve made a big decision regarding the future of “About the Central Coast”.

It is approaching ten years now since I first set up “About the Central Coast” on the old Telstra Bigblog site. At the time, I intended it to be no more than a personal blog where I occasionally raved about local shows, exhibitions etc. that I’d seen and enjoyed, but I also occasionally used it to plug the performances of theatrical and musical friends. (I ran out of room for flyers on my front door! :D) That aspect of the blog quickly expanded, however, and I soon found myself promoting a range of Central Coast arts and attractions.

At that time there were relatively few online resources providing a quick, accessible, centralized guide to cultural entertainment on the Coast, and even fewer that specialized in promoting our local performers and artists. These days, of course, people are much more alive to the means and advantages of online advertising and there is now a much wider range of sites promoting the Central Coast with access to better resources than I have and, frankly, doing the job better than I can. I no longer feel that the service “About the Central Coast” has provided is especially unique or necessary and, after ten years, I feel ready to move on and to devote my time to other interests.

To that end, I will be retiring the service at the end of this year. This site will remain active, but it will once more become the personal blog it was originally conceived to be – a place where I occasionally share short responses to and photos of things I’ve done and seen that have particularly excited me. You’re all very welcome to continue following the blog if you wish to do so. All my personal reviews and photo features will remain on the page, but I’ll no longer be accepting press releases or other promotional material from third parties. The “About the Central Coast” facebook page will close, as will the Twitter and Linked-in accounts.

I’d like to thank you all very much for your support of “About the Central Coast”. I’ve very much enjoyed sharing my enthusiasm for local arts and entertainment with you, and I hope I will continue to do so in my own small way. My very best wishes to you all. – Ed.

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Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr Dickens JR


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Book by JENNY LAIRD and WILL OSBORNE
Lyrics by RANDY COURTS and WILL OSBORNE
Music by RANDY COURTS
Based upon Magic Tree House #44: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time
By Mary Pope Osborne
Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens JR.
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Directed by Nilzen Lumsden, Wyong Musical Theatre Company

Christmas is in the Air as Wyong Musical Theatre Company presents the Christmas musical, A Ghost Tale for
Mr Dickens Jr.

Presented by performers aged from 8 – 18, this show is an adaptation of book #44 of Mary Pope Osborne’s award winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series.

Be transported back to the beautiful foggy streets of Victorian London as the magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie back in time to meet the famous, well-off author, Charles Dickens, who has a severe case of the writer’s block. Jack and Annie also witness the hardships faced by the poor, and their efforts to help only land them in prison. Mr. Dickens rescues Jack and Annie, and they, in turn, help him escape the sad memories that haunt him. In the process, they inspire Mr. Dickens to write one of the greatest holiday stories of all time.

Throughout the course of the show we learn the importance of charity and kindness through friendship and understanding. What perfect things to reflect upon this Christmas season.

This musical is a fantasy adventure filled with wonderful songs and dances to celebrate the magic of Christmas! It’s a unique twist on a famous holiday tale, great for the entire family and a perfect start to the festive season!

A Ghost Tale for Mr Dickens Jr is Directed by Nilzen Lumsden, Musical Direction by Russell Hull and Choreographed by Kate Pareaux, all supported by a strong production team.

Show Dates 7th – 16th December with matinee and evening performances.
Tickets $20.00
Ph: 1300 366 470 (9-5pm weekdays) or book online via the website http://www.wmtc.com.au
Wyong Musical Theatre Company Inc
The Wyong Grove Theatre (formerly Wyong Grove Public School)
1 North Road, Wyong,

 

Information and image courtesy of WMTC publicity

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“Fab Fakes” Art Exhibition 2018

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I always try to get along to this annual exhibition hosted by the Tuggerah Lakes Art Society. I very much enjoy seeing these legal imitations of great masters reproduced by exceptionally talented artists, both local and from farther afield. This … Continue reading

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“Waterline” art and sculpture exhibition


Waterline invitation

Waterlines are everywhere to be seen and will be portrayed through sculpture, painting and prints at Republik Café Ettalong from the 7th to the 20th December.  Official opening on the 8th December 4-6p.m.  Also there will be a High Tea where two members of The Makers will talk about their art Eileen Kuzmic and Carol Vesper this will be 15th December at 2.30p.m.
This is The Makers Annual Exhibition for the year with 13 members involved.
Information and image courtesy of Therese Gabriel Wilkins
Therese Gabriel Wilkins – ‘Trees’
Artist- Printmaker/Sculptor/Painter
0407000349/ 0243933939
http://www.theresegabrielwilkinsartweebly.com/
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WMTC presents “A Ghost Tale for Mr Dickens”


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Opening on the 7th December! Tickets on sale NOW!
www.wmtc.com.au

🎄Christmas is in the Air🎄as Wyong Musical Theatre Company Presents the Christmas musical, A Ghost Tale for Mr Dickens Jr.

Be transported back to the beautiful foggy streets of Victorian London as the magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie back in time to meet the famous, well-off author, Charles Dickens, who has a severe case of the writer’s block. Jack and Annie also witness the hardships faced by the poor, and their efforts to help only land them in prison. Mr. Dickens rescues Jack and Annie, and they, in turn, help him escape the sad memories that haunt him. In the process, they inspire Mr. Dickens to write one of the greatest holiday stories of all time.
This musical is a fantasy adventure filled with wonderful songs and dances to celebrate the magic of Christmas! Great for the entire family and a perfect start to the festive season!
Directed by Nilzen Lumsden, Musical Direction by Russell Hull and Choreographed by Kate Pareaux.
Show Dates 7th – 16th December
Tickets $20.00
Ph: 1300 366 470 or visit the website www.wmtc.com.au to book your tickets.
Join us in the spirit of giving this Christmas and bring a donation of hamper gifts or food items to support the Wyong Neighbourhood Centre Inc.
Information and image courtesy of WMTC publicitiy
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