What's on at the Cardinia Cultural Centre

We host a wide range of live shows, exhibitions and events throughout the year. Below is information on upcoming events at the Centre. Book in early to secure prime seating.

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Catch Me If You Can

presented by Cardinia Performing Arts Company

Saturday August 20, 8pm Gala Opening Night
Sunday August 21, 2pm
Saturday 27 August, 8pm
Sunday 28 August, 2pm
Thursday 1 September, 7pm ALL TICKETS $25
Friday 2 September, 8pm

Gala opening night tickets $35, children 15 & under $25. Gala includes post show supper and drinks

Ticket prices for all other performances:

Adult: $35
Pensioner/concession: $30
Child 15 & under: $25
Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children): $110

Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can, is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Nominated for 4 TONY awards, including Best Musical, this delightfully entertaining show was created by a TONY Award-winning “dream team”, with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).

Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager Frank Abignale, Jr. runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged cheques, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.

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Bookings can also be done at www.trybooking.com or by phoning 0407 090 354

Elvis to the Max

Max Pellicano's Tribute - Direct from the USA

Thursday 25 August, 7:30pm

Tickets $65

"There are a lot of Elvis acts around, but Max is at the top" - Rolling Stone Magazine

"If Elvis was alive, he'd be doing Max impersonations" - The Sunday Mail

"Max Pellicano is the closest thing you'll get to the real 'King'.....sheer entertainment. You will be amazed" - San Francisco Chronicle

He was one of the most important figures of the 20th century pop culture. A cultural icon, widely known by the single name Elvis, who is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "The King". Now the memory and legend lives on in a very special concert event entitled "The King in Concert” starring one of the world's first and most-successful Elvis impersonator Max Pellicano, whose uncanny resemblance and equally chilling performance has mesmerised Australians over the last two decades.

It has been said by Media worldwide that Max Pellicano's tribute Elvis To The Max goes beyond mere impersonation. Critics have described his performances as "Elvis resurrected" and 'reincarnated'. His recreation of "The King" looks, moves, vocal style, impressions and humour is so accurate, its awe-inspiring.

You need to sound like the real thing and Max Pellicano has worked hard at that. Not only is the voice important, it's also knowing how to become the man himself on stage. There are lots of Elvis impersonators around, but Max Pellicano is considered as the best. In addition, the costumes worn by Max Pellicano are exact replicas made by Elvis' personal tailor Bill Bellow.

Elvis To The Max will re-create for one special night the 'The King in Concert ".

The Vista Cafe will open from 5pm for pre show dining from the cafe menu. Phone 5945 0015 to book.

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Keith Potger in concert

Sunday 4 September, 4pm
Tickets $25, concession $22, Morning Matinees subscribers $18

On Father's Day, Sunday 4 September, Mr Keith Potger will be performing a 4pm matinee in the theatre singing original Seekers hits and a few of his favourite songs, and telling amusing anecdotes from over 50 years on the international music scene.

If your Dad likes The Seekers this is the perfect Father's Day present, but who needs an excuse to buy tickets like this?

Tickets for KEITH POTGER in concert are a ridiculously low $25 Full, $22 Concession, and for Morning Matinee Subscribers just $18.

The Vista Cafe will be open until 4pm serving lunches, so you can have a late lunch with Dad (or the hubby), and then go and enjoy Keith's show. Anyone that purchases tickets before midnight on Sunday 14 August goes into the draw to win a signed copy of one of Keith's CDs.

KEITH POTGER IN CONCERT, Sunday 4 September at 4pm

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The Italian Tenors

Monday 5 September, 7:30pm

Tickets $65, concession $55

Direct from Italy the Italian Tenors are three of Europe’s most successful operatic Tenors that formed in 2012 ,signed to Universal records and releasing their successful album in 2014 “ Viva la Vita “ they are now considered a worldwide pop- opera phenomenon.

Three good - looking Italian Opera Singers Mirko Provini, Sabino Gaita and Evans Tonon do an unbelievable balancing act between Classical arias and Popular Pop hits .

The Australian tour promises all the Italian charm and Vocal Power of their recently sold out European tour ,together with their live band that includes live strings the evening promises to be an incredible Musical Montage of Vocal Passion and Entertainment Excellence.

The Vista Cafe will open from 5pm for pre show dining from the cafe menu. Phone 5945 0015 to book.

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Morning Matinee: The Beggars Sing The Seekers

Wednesday 7 September
10am morning tea, 11am show

The Beggars Sing The Seekers is a concert celebration of The Seekers wonderful career. From their early days in the Melbourne cafe scene to London, swinging centre of the 60s pop universe, The Seekers rode a rollercoaster of pop/folk hits! In 1968 their BBC TV breakup special Farewell The Seekers broke TV viewing records and their popularity has not faded with the years.

Starring: Renee Donaghey, Stuart Day and Quinton Dunne

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Red Riding Hood: A pantomime

Barry Plant proudly supports the school holiday family entertainment

Tuesday 20 September 3pm & 7pm

Tickets $15, Family pass (admits 4 people) $50

In this Aussie pantomime written especially for family audiences, you’ll see and hear the tale of Red Riding Hood as never told before.

Come into the woods with Red Riding Hood as she visits her Grandma. The wolf is very interested in where Red Riding Hood is going. But it’s OK, Woodman Jack is in the woods, he’ll look after Red Riding Hood. But oh dear! What’s wrong with Grandma? Something is dreadfully wrong with Grandma. How do we get out of this mess?

No pantomime would be complete without a Fairy Godmother, but here in Melbourne, get real. It’s September and the Grand Final is on, so our panto has the Footy Fairy!

While keeping true to the original story, there are a whole lot of new ingredients in this adapted Australian production. Presented in a traditional pantomime format suitable for children of all ages, and their adults, don’t miss the songs and comedy of Red Riding Hood.

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The Good Dinosaur

Supported by Lakeside College

Wednesday 21 September, 10am

Tickets $4, movie popcorn drink combo $9

Luckily for young Arlo, his parents (Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand) and his two siblings, the mighty dinosaurs were not wiped out 65 million years ago. When a rainstorm washes poor Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) downriver, he ends up bruised, battered and miles away from home. Good fortune shines on the frightened dino when he meets Spot (Jack Bright), a Neanderthal boy who offers his help and friendship. Together, the unlikely duo embark on an epic adventure to reunite Arlo with his beloved family.

Rated PG, 1hr, 33mins

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Supported by Lakeside College

Friday 23 September, 10am

Tickets $4, movie popcorn drink combo $9

Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights.

Rated M. 2hr, 16mins

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Supported by Lakeside College

Wednesday 28 September, 10am

Tickets $4, movie popcorn drink combo $9

From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.

Rated PG, 1hr, 48mins

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Kung Fu Panda 3

Supported by Lakeside College

Friday 30 September, 10am

Tickets $4, movie popcorn drink combo $9

Living large and loving life, Po (Jack Black) realizes that he has a lot to learn if he's going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor (Dustin Hoffman). After reuniting with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston), Po must transition from student to teacher and train a group of fun-loving, clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the kung-fu brethren unite to take on the evil Kai (J.K. Simmons), a supernatural warrior who becomes stronger with each battle.

Rated PG. 1hr, 35mins

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Hot August Night - A Neil Diamond Story

Friday 7 October, 8pm
Tickets $45, concession $41, groups 6 plus $40

Hot August Night - A Neil Diamond Story Dominic Finley is a former member of 80’s chart toppers Cutting Crew (known for their number 1 hit ‘I Just Died in Your Arms), and has a background worlds apart from Neil Diamond’s New York upbringing in the ‘Tin Pan Alley’ days of Broadway. Finley’s is the world of cobbled streets, terrace houses, and a show business grounding won out of the gritty working men’s clubs in Lancashire, in the North of England.

Finley performs Neil Diamond’s legendary Hot August Night album IN ITS ENTIRETY - one of the best-selling albums in Australian music history in a show that also features interesting stories about how the songs were created, and of Diamond’s dark journey from being a struggling Brooklyn poet, to becoming one of the worlds most loved performers.

Interwoven is Finley's semi-autobiographical story of a man ‘lost between two shores’ with Finley’s eventual emigration to Australia, a true Neil Diamond country!

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Rod Quantock - Boredom Protection Policy

Tuesday 11 October, 7pm

Tickets $33, concession $30, groups 6+ $28, under 25 and students $20

Rod Quantock is a pioneer of Australian comedy with more than forty-five years in stand-up, cabaret, theatre, television and radio. He is the only comedian to have performed at all 30 Melbourne International Comedy Festivals and one of the few – perhaps the only – to be awarded an Order of Australia for his work. It is not hyperbole to say that he is an Australian legend.

Rod Quantock's shows are always relevant to the moment and change with the headlines of the day. But what Rod has noticed is that the headlines of today are the same as the headlines of yesterday.

To prove it, he is reprising one of his most successful shows, Boredom Protection Policy. In this incarnation, Rod revisits the headlines of fourteen years ago and compares them to today.

Quantock's Boredom Protection Policy debuted in 2002 at Trades Hall Melbourne to critical and popular acclaim. Boredom Protection Policy is a solo show about contemporary politics and society presented by Australia’s longest serving comedian.

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"A Little Help From My Friends"

A Special Senior’s Week Event

Bought to you by Cardinia Shire Council and Cardinia Cultural Centre

Wednesday 19 October, 2:15pm afternoon tea, 3pm show

Tickets $8

David Cameron, stars on piano, guitar and sitar and with his band of four highly skilled and talented musicians and singers, over 20 hit Beatles songs are played in this great show.

This narrated concert tells the story of the world’s most famous band ever: THE BEATLES, and includes over 20 of their hits. A wonderful trip down memory lane.

With no less than eight instruments played, this production will be a musical feast.

Starring David Cameron, the acclaimed musical director for Australian Diva Marina Prior, with Philip Wheeldon who narrates The Beatles' beguiling success story, this is a new concert from Promac Productions bought to you especially during Senior’s Week. The uplifting and iconic Beatles songs take centre stage and you can enjoy a wonderful afternoon out, with a little help from your friends!

Devonshire afternoon tea served from 2.15pm. Show starts promptly at 3pm

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Songs in the key of Motown

Thursday 20 October, 7:30pm

Tickets $65

By popular demand, the all-singing all-dancing Songs In The Key Of Motown is coming back to Australia!

Direct from the U.S comes the Encore Australian Tour of "SONGS IN KEY OF MOTOWN", a spectacular live Concert production that takes you on a journey through Motown. "SONGS IN THE KEY OF MOTOWN" features SPECTRUM, a first-class vocal quartet that draws upon the talent of four radiant voices and diverse personalities. They have spent six stellar years recreating the sound and style of the Four Tops in Las Vegas' multi-million dollar production shows "American Superstars" and "Legends In Concert", the group has developed the versatility to credibly cover the music of groups from the Platters to the Temptations to Boyz 2 Men.

It is this versatility that has propelled them to the status of headlining their own shows in which they perform stirring renditions of the all the best cover tunes. They have teamed up with RADIANCE, a talented vocal quartet formed specifically to pay tribute to the Disco and Motown era paying tribute to the music of The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, The Marvelettes and other female artists from that amazing musical era.

Together they have created "SONGS IN KEY OF MOTOWN", a spectacular show transporting audiences back to an era of music that formed a major cornerstone in American music of the 60's and 70's. The costuming, the choreography, the harmonies, the energy and excitement are second to none.

SPECTRUM boasts four incredible singers, each with the voice of a solo artist, who combine their voices and dexterity to create the angelic harmonies and deft choreography that have become trademarks. The members of consist of singer-dancer E.C. ADAMS of Vicksburg, Mississippi; Chicago-born musician and versatile entertainer PIERRE JOVAN; DARRYL GRANT the silky-smooth, soaring-voiced first tenor from Rochester, New York and lastly, singer, actor and group founder CUSHNEY ROBERTS, from East Orange, New Jersey, who left the life of a Princeton-educated corporate engineer and cut his teeth in the casino lounges in route to becoming a well-respected Las Vegas showroom entertainer.

Let's just say this is a group of well-mannered, college-educated, world-traveled veterans of the entertainment business, who will entertain you! On the other hand, the members of the quartet RADIANCE are New York-born award-winning singer YOLANDA THARRINGTON, former New York Radio City Music Hall Rockette MARQUE´ MUNDAY, former member of the 90's chart-topping recording group Lace VIVIAN SCOTT and singer, dancer and entertainer CRYSTAL ROBINSON. Together they provide an array of talent that is the best in entertainment that leaves audiences wanting more!

The Vista Cafe will open from 5pm for pre show dining from the cafe menu. Phone 5945 0015 to book.

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Morning Matinee: Over There

Wednesday 2 November
10am morning tea, 11am show

Following the hit success Great Songs of The War Years. More great songs from the war years concentrating more on WWII and the Vietnam war. Includes over 20 hits that arose from those wars. Over There has been timed to pay homage to Remembrance Day 2016.

Starring: Roy Best, Alison Rae Jones, Jaz Flowers, Caroline Vercoe. Narrator: Chris McKenna

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David Hobson - By Popular Demand

Friday 4 November

Adults: $49
Concession: $45
Group 6+: $42.50

David Hobson is delighted to return to Cardinia in a very aptly titled new concert, David Hobson – By Popular Demand.

David features many of his favourite songs that he has sung during his career along with songs from great artists that he respects and admires. Discover what makes David one of this country’s most sought after concert performers in the intimate setting of the Cardinia Cultural Centre theatre.

The Vista Cafe will open from 5pm for pre show dining from the cafe menu. Phone 5945 0015 to book.

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The Rat Pack from Vegas (USA)

Wednesday 30 November, 7:30pm

Tickets $65

Start spreading the news... Direct from Las Vegas, The Rat Pack are heading to Australia with a tribute show full of hits and laughs

Direct from Las Vegas and following a sold out tour of the US and the UK, The Rat Pack will be making their way to Australia.

Frank (Robbie Howard ), Dean (Johnny Edwards) and Sammy (Nicholas Brooks) are back in town and will be lighting up stages across the country as they bring back the grand old days of those classic crooner hits that we all know and love.

Johnny Edwards brings the magic and charm of Dean Martin back to the stage. With that chiselled smile, charming ways and funny lines, Dean Martin is remembered as the King of Cool and Americas favourite leading man of the 50s. Expect to hear some of his great songs including Volare, Everybody Loves Somebody and That’s Amore.

Robbie Howard encapsulates the enigmatic Frank Sinatra. As the all-American iconic performer, Frank Sinatra, David brings to life some of the biggest songs ever recorded and forever linked to the memory of Frankie – including My Way, New York New York, Come Fly With Me and so many more.

Nicholas Brooks is the suave Sammy Davis Jr. Fondly remembered for his humour and impressions, Sammy Davis Jr was first and foremost a dancer and performer and had a long and envious career in clubs and theatres in Vegas and New York. Expect to hear some of Sammys big hits including Mr Candy Man, That Old Black Magic and Mr Bojangles.

Together they come together on stage as The Rat Pack. Delivering the timeless songs that we all love and sharing some funny stories and gags, this is one show that should not be missed.

The Vista café will open from 5pm for pre show dining from the café menu. Phone 5945 0015 to book.

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Morning Matinee: Spirit of Christmas

Wednesday 7 December
10am morning tea, 11am show

Celebrate Christmas at Cardinia Cultural Centre with our final Morning Matinee for the year. Featuring Australia’s leading morning song company and an assortment of your favourite morning performers. Includes all Yuletide favourites and a good dose of laughter.

Starring: Roy Best, Alison RaeJones, narrator Chris McKenna and Len Vorster on Piano.

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