A scene from A Midsummer Nights Dream.
A scene from A Midsummer Nights Dream. Peter Gillahan

Exciting year ahead for Laycock community theatre

LAYCOCK Street Community Theatre has announced its much anticipated 2017 season.

The theatre is extremely popular and regularly features productions appealing to the older generation.

Spokesman Chris King says the new season is designed to connect audiences with live theatre in a meaningful and exhilarating way.

"The 2017 season brings together acclaimed touring productions, household names and quality children's theatre, to engage and provoke audiences of all ages, backgrounds and inclinations,” said Mr King.

"From trailblazing Bell Shakespeare's uncompromising production of Merchant of Venice, to twisted tales of drama and gothic horror when Dracula swoops the region, contrasted to the beauty and intrigue of Melbourne City Ballet's interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, to the comedy genius of Shirley Valentine and the glitz and glamour of Prada's Priscillas, our 2017 season offers something for everyone.”

Laycock will also present Gosford Musical Society's productions for 2017 which include Broadway favourites Evita and Chicago, and for younger patrons, Peter Pan and Bring it On.

Songstress Katie Noonan and classical guitarist Karin Schaupp are teaming up once again for Songs of the Latin Skies; an enchanting journey through the great South American songbook of bossa nova, samba, salsa and tango.

Mr King said three professional productions promise to delight and enthral young minds.

"Hold on to your nose! Mr Stink from the phenomenally successful award-winning book comes to (very smelly) life on stage. We'll be meeting Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia with the delightful Diary of a Wombat, and settling in for the classic retelling of We're Going on a Bearhunt, with little people invited to bring their own teddies to Laycock for this intrepid adventure,” he added.

For further information and tickets visit gosford.nsw.gov.au/theatres or call the box office on 4323 3233, Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

2017 Laycock season at a glance:

Lior with Strings - February 12, 7.30pm

Prada's Priscillas - February 17, 8pm

Mr Stink - February 23, 10am, 12pm, 6pm and February 24, 10am

Dracula - March 28, 8pm and March 29, 11am, 8pm

Diary of a Wombat - May 1, 6pm and May 2, 10am, 12pm

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp - May 12, 8pm

Shirley Valentine - June 16, 8pm and June 17, 2pm, 8pm

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - July 20, 6pm and July 21, 10am and 12pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream by Melbourne City Ballet - September 14, 7.30pm

Bell Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - October 3, 8pm and October 4, 8pm

Gosford Musical Society productions at a glance:

Peter Pan - January 2017

Evita - February/March 2017

Chicago - October/November 2017

Bring it on - October/November 2017

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