Entertainment centre celebrates 10 years

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on December 12, 2019

AN ENTIRE year’s worth of theatre productions and concerts, as well as opportunities for children to explore backstage and learn what it takes to work in a theatre, have been announced today in celebration of the Albany Entertainment Centre’s 10th birthday.

Manager Drew Dymond said the 62-page 2020 program was live as of today and a full colour booklet detailing all events would be delivered to households inside next week’s Weekender.

Mr Dymond said this was the first time the AEC had ever released details of a full theatre season in one hit.

“I’ve tried to program as much diversity in this season with a particular focus on families and family shows,” he said.

“We really want more families to come here and by releasing the full season at once, it will let people plan their year, budget their time and funds and make the most of it.”

There will be four circus shows next year including from A Good Catch Circus and One Fell Swoop Circus.

“This is a circus made for the stage, not a circus tent, so it has a different kind of intensity,” Mr Dymond said of the latter circus.

“It’s just terrific.”

The Harbourside Concert Series will return for another year and the Sydney Dance Company, Bell Shakespeare, Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective and The Waifs are among the headline acts of the year.

Comedian Arj Barker will also return to the AEC – he was the first person to ever perform on the AEC stage so Mr Dymond has invited him back to celebrate the theatre’s 10th birthday.

The X Gang is a workshop series exclusively for 10-year-olds to learn about the multiple facets of the theatre, including lighting, costume making and catering.

These will occur during each school holiday period.

To wrap up the birthday celebrations, the 10 Year Anniversary Gala Concert will be held on December 11, 12 and 13.

This will be conducted by Sue Findlay from Albany City Wind Ensemble and AboutFACE, who conducted the original gala concert when the AEC first opened.

The full 2020 theatre season can be viewed online at albanyentertainment.com.au, at the AEC on Toll Place or from your December 19 copy of the Weekender.