Past Events

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Bastien et Bastienne

Opera in the Q - operatic highlights by Bellini, Mozart, Dvořák, Gounod, Leoncavallo and Puccini
Morgan-Kent 26th November 2014

Lasting Impressions

Featuring award winning entertainers Morgan Kent, Donna Watson & Peter Kaye
la-danse 2nd December 2014 - 4th December 2014

La Danse

The 49th Annual La Danse Studio Showcase
5th December 2014 - 6th December 2014

You Can Dance

Stars on Stage Concert
Ignite 6th December 2014

studioQ Showcase

The Joan's studioQ participants dazzle in a stunning end of year performance
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A Classical Christmas

Three charismatic performers will usher in the Yuletide season in grand style
WindInTheWillowsFinalsLands 22nd January 2015 - 23rd January 2015

The Wind in the Willows

By Kenneth Grahame. In a new version by Maxine Mellor. Full of heart and humour.
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The 26-Storey Treehouse

What are you waiting for? You’ll laugh your head off!
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Mini Gras

A taste of the Mardi Gras Festival at the Joan celebrating the LGBTI community, culture and their allies in Western Sydney
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Simon Tedeschi – Gershwin & Me

Tedeschi explores Gershwin the legend - his friends, his influences, his idiosyncrasies, his complexity and his groove in this masterful concert
SHORT_FILM_AWARS_1 18th March 2015 - 18th March 2015

Young at Heart Seniors Film Festival

A free screen festival for seniors featuring an inspiring doco, a heart-warming comedy and a swag of excellent short films.
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A playful, highly visual new show for very young children - a perfect first time theatre experience.
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Voices in the Valley

An eclectic mix of talent, ranging from massed choirs, to classical and contemporary solo artists, opera and musical theatre.
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We Remember

A tribute to the ANZACs - Toni Stevens, The Starr Sisters, Chris Gable & John Pickworth Orchestra
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The Shoe-Horn Sonata

Experience a key part of Australia’s history through the story of two women reuniting on the 50th anniversary of WWII
in-the-heights 1st May 2015 - 9th May 2015

In The Heights

Transport yourself to New York's Washington Heights, where the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music...
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Joseph Tawadros Quartet

He blends and blurs musical tradition and crosses genres and the end result is magical
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Alchemy – Alicia Crossley

A unique experience of virtuosic works transcribed for recorder, performed by award winning Australian recorder player Alicia Crossley
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The Unknown Soldier

Who is he, what is he and what does he represent to Australians today?
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Ricochet 2015

St Paul's Grammar School Dance Academy’s mid-year showcase
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Head Full of Love

"An extraordinary piece of theatre..."
Chalkabout 17th June 2015 - 18th June 2015

Chalk About

This acclaimed international touring production will provoke students to contemplate their own identity through dance, movement, voice and the visual arts.
timepiece 26th June 2015 - 26th June 2015

Flannofest: Time Piece

Tick, tock, tock & tick! The Q’s high school theatre festival returns bringing together 8 schools and bucket loads of talent to the Q theatre stage.
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The Gruffalo’s Child

Based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan Children’s Books.
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All My Love

The story of Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore’s lost love makes its world premiere at The Joan
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Seltic Sirens

Spellbinding original arrangements with a Celtic twist
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Emma Pask Quartet

“The greatest gift to Australian Jazz Vocals in the last decade” James Morrison
Penrith Strings - photo Heidrun Lohr 2nd August 2015

Penrith Strings

Penrith’s young musicians perform with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Penrith Symphony Orchestra
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La Stupenda – A Voice Eternal

A concert 25 years in the making. Australia's best classical musicians come together for one night only to celebrate the power and beauty of the human voice
EC 009 24th September 2015 - 25th September 2015

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

A marvellous menagerie of lovable puppets bring Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar to life on stage.
La-Boheme 25th September 2015

La Bohème

One of Opera's greatest love stories
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The Bacchae

Exploring pills, politics and partying; eight young artists present a remixed version of Euripides classic text.
Memorandum by Kate Hunter, Image: Leo Dale 16th October 2015 - 17th October 2015

Memorandum – Brave New Work

Solo performer Kate Hunter lays bare the gothic, peculiar, and slightly neurotic world of remembering and forgetting.
Piano 17th October 2015

Six Grands on Stage

A sensational finale to the Richard Bonynge Piano Series. Music at its finest.
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Quiet Faith – Brave New Work

Beautiful, immersive, full of musicality and heart, Quiet Faith is an antidote to despair about religion and politics
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Mega Studio

A chance for young LGBTQI* creatives to meet up
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Carmen Sweet – Brave New Work

A brilliant piece of dance theatre performed to Rodion Shchedrin’s gripping Carmen Suite by six Expressions Dance Company dancers
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West Side Stories

A series of events for kids who love stories and for anyone interested in writing for kids!
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studioQ Showcase 2015

Come and see the next generation of Western Sydney performance makers as they present an evening of origial theatre works.
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Experience Handel's most celebrated work, with a massed chorus, star soloists and Penrith's own resident Symphony Orchestra
Photo: Heidrun Lohr 18th January 2016 - 19th January 2016

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium

Dare to adventure to the bottom of the sea! The team at Erth have spent years scouring the seven seas, collecting playful prehistoric creatures of the deep in their giant aquarium. For the very first time, you are invited to dive in and meet these aquatic critters in person
Silverhair in 2002 18th January 2016 - 19th January 2016

Holiday Workshop: Contemporary Ensembles

Ever dreamt of joining a rock band? The Penrith Conservatorium’s Contemporary Ensemble is your chance to rock out for a day!
22nd January 2016 - 23rd January 2016

The Divine Miss Bette

Bawdy, brash and just as fabulous as the original, The Divine Miss Bette is your chance to become intimately acquainted with one of the greatest cabaret artists of our time.
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Musica D’Amore

Featuring Joey Fimmano with Grace Rizzo and Graeme Wright bringing the beautiful music and melodies of Europe to The Joan
JOHN-MACNALLY 24th February 2016

Shamrocks & Heather

Featuring John MacNally, Mary Kiani and John MacDonald singing a selection of beautiful Scottish and Irish classics
Katrina James | Photographer: Katy Green Loughrey 25th February 2016 - 27th February 2016

Teacup In a Storm

The world premiere of our very own brand new work based on the incredible stories of carers in our local region.
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Friday Night Lights – Yyani Rose

Enjoy tempting cocktails, fabulous-and-filling finger food and a cosy atmosphere with plenty of comfy nooks, featuring Yyani Rose
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Mini Gras ’16 – Business Unfinished

Tom Christophersen returns to haunt The Joan with a brand new show following its killer debut at the Crack Theatre Festival, Newcastle.
ProjectWhisper 4th March 2016

Mini Gras ’16

A taste of the Mardi Gras Festival at The Joan celebrating the LGBTI community, culture and their allies in Western Sydney
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Mini Gras ’16 – Project: Whisper

Families, friends and allies are invited to The Joan to connect with a remarkable group of young LGBTQI people, led under the direction of theatre maker Felicity Nicol.
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All About Women

The Joan will live stream two events from All About Women - the Sydney Opera House's flagship festival celebrating stories and ideas from the front line of the fight for equality
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Sacred & Profane- Featuring the Sydney Chamber Choir

In 2016 one of Australia’s most energetic and popular conductors, Richard Gill (Spicks And Specks) takes the reins of one of Australia’s leading choirs – the Sydney Chamber Choir – and you can see them first here at The Joan in March!
Mirusia_Photo Karl Neilson - Copy 16th April 2016

This Time Tomorrow – Mirusia

Acclaimed as the “Angel of Australia”, Mirusia gained worldwide fame as the featured soprano soloist with André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra.
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Actor’s Toolkit

Looking for a fun and easy way to get your performance fix this holidays? Our Actor’s Tool Kit workshops are a great way to flex your creative muscles and find some inspiration.
Improv 19th April 2016 - 19th April 2016


Experience the thrill of acting and live storytelling in active sessions filled with fun activities and creative play.
Musical Theatre 20th April 2016

Musical Theatre for Kids

Learn the basics of performing musical theatre including stagecraft, harmony, and performing as part of an ensemble
Musical Theatre 20th April 2016

Musical Theatre for Teens

School years 7 - 12. Learn the basics of performing musical theatre including stagecraft, harmony, and performing as part of an ensemble
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Come to the Cabaret

Featuring Davidia, Christopher Booth and Miro Galczynski in a fabulous cabaret extravaganza!
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Western Sydney Opera – Launch Concert

Western Sydney Opera launches with a stunning concert of operatic highlights sung by Lorenzo Rositano and a young cast of Opera's emerging artists
Frank Ifield 8th May 2016

Frank Ifield

Australia's own 60s pop superstar Frank Ifield performs a two hour extravaganza!
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The 52-Storey Treehouse

They’re back again! Andy and Terry’s Treehouse is now 52 storeys high, with yet more fantastic inventions: a rocket powered carrot launcher, the Disguise-o-matic 500 and even a Ninja Snail Training Academy!
MICF 17th May 2016

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

With some of the world’s best comedians in town May is the month to laugh. Be in on the biggest jokes in town when Penrith’s favourite comedy roadshow crashes through The Joan’s stage door.
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The Peasant Prince

The true story of Mao's Last Dancer brought to life live on stage
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Russian Splendour – Penrith Symphony Orchestra

Three voices of Russia: a festive overture commissioned for a commemoration of the Revolution; a sparkling concerto infused with the gypsy-like sounds of Armenia; and a grand symphony full of aching sorrow, searing passion and dramatic gestures.
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Hetty Kate Quartet

"Like Peggy Lee on a Vespa" Marc Myers, Jazzwax USA - Hetty Kate is one of Australia’s best-known jazz singers
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The Boy From Oz

Penrith Musical Comedy Company brings the hit Australian musical to Penrith
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Chopin by Candlelight – Piers Lane

A spell-binding evening of popular works by one of the most loved composers of the Romantic era, in the magical atmosphere of a stage lit by candlelight.
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Mozart at Night – Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Warm your way into winter at The Joan as the musicians of the SSO serenade you with an evening of nocturnal entertainments, poetic revelations and colourful visions in music.
Q&A 13th June 2016

Q & A at The Joan

With Opposition Leader Bill Shorten - Tony and the team hope to see you there!
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The Moon’s A Balloon

Is the Moon a Balloon? It can be. A balloon can be whatever you want it to be...
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Sentimental Journey

Featuring Vov Dylan, Glen Amer and Ross Maio on a journey through one hundred years of songs
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Flannofest: Want Not

In a city filled with junk, debris and waste; a small army of high school students create a new world from the bits and bobs no one else wanted.
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The Little Prince

Take flight with your imagination with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Little Prince adapted by Simon Clarke from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
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May Gibbs Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

The timeless charm of May Gibbs’ classic Snugglepot and Cuddlepie comes to life on stage for children 5-10 and their adults.
July-hero 27th July 2016

Top of the 60s Pops

Jacque Renay, Geoff Jones and Cheryl Webb deliver songs from the music revolution of the swinging 60s including hits from Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck and Petula Clark
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The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

Take a deep breath in late July and join intrepid explorer Alvin Sputnik’s quest to save humanity from itself in this…One-Man-Micro-Epic-Puppet-Show That Melds Technology and Multimedia!
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Fine Music FM – Live From The Joan

A free concert for the community - Please note that as at 27 July this event is BOOKED OUT, however there may be limited seats available on the day, subject to no-shows.
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Mozart Così fan tutte – Opera in the Q

An Operantics production, presented by Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (Thus Do They All, or The School for Lovers) is a tale of love, deception and forgiveness updated to modern day Sydney
Image: Lisa Tomasetti 10th August 2016 - 10th August 2016

Never Did Me Any Harm

Using a distinctive language of dance, images and text, Force Majeure and Sydney Theatre Company create an emotional, humorous and insightful work
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Soweto Gospel Choir

South Africa’s most heavenly voices, the multi Grammy Award winning, Soweto Gospel Choir are returning to Australia.
Aug-hero 24th August 2016

Jenifer Green Sings ‘Strictly Bassey’

Prepare to be transported as Jenifer weaves her vocal magic, singing classics such as Big Spender, I Who Have Nothing, Never, Something and This Is My Life
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The Wharf Revue 2016 – Back to Bite You

“What’s so brilliant… is how the material constantly falls between sharp, incisive satire and deliriously cheap gags.” Crikey
dextercornelius-6585 25th August 2016 - 27th August 2016

Leda and the Swan

Following the success of 'The Bacchae' in 2015, The Q is excited to be producing a new young artist production project again this year.
Will Stolz 26th August 2016


Penrith's favourite pop-up lounge is open this Friday at The Joan - drinks, food and music in our Borland Bar. Free from 5-8pm.
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Verdi Requiem

A Penrith first - Verdi's Requiem lays bare the entire gamut of human emotions in the face of divine judgment, with spine-chilling effect
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In the Mood

Hep Cats, Lindy-Hoppers & fans of the Big Bands – it’s time to SWING again **NEW 1 Oct SHOW ON SALE**
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Always…Patsy Cline

Celebrate the life and music of one of the greatest female vocalists of all time in September with one of America’s most loved musicals – it’s sure to be a hot ticket!
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Penrith's favourite pop-up lounge is open again Friday Oct 7 at The Joan - drinks, food and music in our Borland Bar. Free from 5-8pm.
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Mother – by Daniel Keene

Starring Noni Hazlehurst, Mother is a story and a performance not to be missed.
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A production of the world-wide hit musical based on an original Dickens classic - brought to life by Penrith Christian School!
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ACO Ensemble & Penrith Strings

The impressive talents of thirty-two young Western Sydney musicians will perform alongside their tutors from the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Penrith Symphony Orchestra, for their final performance of the year.
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Coming from countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, Bhutan and South Sudan, Suitcase cast members are survivors of world events we witness daily on the evening news.
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School Drama Showcase
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My candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open.
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St Paul’s Grammar School Dance Academy’s end of year showcase.
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9 to 5: The Musical

Penrith Musical Comedy Company brings Dolly Parton's high energy musical to life!
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Two Pianos at Twilight

By popular demand Jennifer Hammond & Frank O’Brien return to The Joan for a beautiful two piano recital, playing works by Mozart, Bach, Frank Hutchens, Rachmaninov and Gustavino.
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120th Anniversary Concert

Join the celebration of the Band Association of NSW's 120 year Anniversary with this special event.
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Teddy & Marina – Live in Concert

Two of Australia’s very best opera stars - Teddy Tahu Rhodes & Marina Prior - grace the stage here at The Joan for the first time ever, in this one-night-only trip to music nirvana.
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Showcase 2016

Roxy Dance Studio annual dance concert performance.
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Broadway & Beyond

Darren Williams and Nikki Bennett will take you on a fabulous musical journey through musical theatre, classics and vocal showstoppers
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Q Lab Call-out

The Q's Artist-in-Residence Program is now open for applications - closes 25 Nov
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Studio Q Showcase 2016

Come and see the next generation of Western Sydney performance makers as they present an evening of origial theatre works.
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Handel’s Messiah

What better way to greet the Christmas season than by attending a performance of Messiah?
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Giggle and Hoot’s Magical Christmas

Starring Jimmy Giggle, Hoot, Hootabelle, Gigglefangs, Pirate Hootbeard and of course……Hootoclaws and his singing and dancing Elves!
Dec-hero 21st December 2016

We Need a Little Christmas

Three of Australia’s most talented performers – Adam Scicluna, Miriam Waks and Chris Gable - have wrapped their talents in a sparkling Christmas package to be enjoyed by all!
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A fun-packed summer festival just for kids! Hilarious short theatre shows, Little Big Shots film fest screening, music lounge + snacks - all in one fun-filled 3 hour adventure!
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Down Memory Lane

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Simply Sinatra – Starring Tom Burlinson

Australian star of stage and screen, Tom Burlinson presents a swinging celebration of the music and career of the legendary Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra.
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All About Women

The Joan will live stream three events from All About Women including Geena Davis and more!
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Mendelssohn and Bruckner

The composers of the two principal works on this program, Mendelssohn and Bruckner, provide examples of early, and fully developed, romanticism in nineteenth century music.
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Horrible Harriet

“Embedded in Harriet’s horrible hollers, riotous rants and shouty show tunes, is an important message for young audiences about the meaning of true friendship, being comfortable in your own skin and celebrating diversity.” Maryam Master, Playwright
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Violin eXtreme

Join Alexandre Da Costa - the authentic rock star of the violin - in a world where extreme virtuosity and musical fireworks meet sensitivity and the power of attraction.
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Legally Blonde JR

Xavier College hosts Harvard's beloved blonde as she takes the stage by glittery pink storm in a fun and upbeat musical.
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Black Birds

A performance about home, belonging and - most importantly - hair.
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Spicy Penrith

More than 100 performers will come together for a day of great food, music and dance!
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Lonnie Lee & The Leemen

Lonnie Lee is Australia’s original king of Rockabilly - you’ve got the chance to hear the man himself, backed by his rocking hot band, the Leemen!
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