Lighthouse Theatre manager Greg Diamantis: a colourful, varied debut season. WARRNAMBOOL’s almost-completed Lighthouse Theatre will bring fun flavours and first- class performances this year in two distinct seasons.
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About 200 guests from the arts community attended the theatre season launch on Wednesday night and were treated to previews of the upcoming line-up, which combines dance, music, drama, opera, comedy and musicals.

For the first time the new theatre will host two unique seasons — the traditional Lights Up on Theatre, and the new FUSE — a fringe season featuring quirky, fun and controversial productions.

Lighthouse Theatre CEO Greg Diamantis said FUSE would introduce a fresh dynamic, with a challenging and sometimes downright silly flavour.

“Our new fringe theatre season combines the quirky with the fun, the cheeky with the controversial in a new theatrical adventure,” Mr Diamantis said.

“This will allow us to have two distinct feels. One is for the younger maybe edgier crowd who like to take risks. The other is more traditional and perhaps more sophisticated.

“There are plenty of venues in Melbourne that seat 140 or 200 people, but until now we haven’t had one here.”

He said the Bell Shakespeare Company would be a highlight of the Lights Up on Theatre season in June, with a national premiere performance making full use of the improved theatre.

“We are proud to be able to announce that the very first performance of Bell Shakespeare Company’s new production of School for Wives will be in our Lighthouse Theatre.

“Warrnambool will get to taste the excitement and experience of being the very first audience to see this production before it goes on to play the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre Melbourne.

“To have an Australian premiere is a knockout. It’s that cream of the crop of arts companies and will come here with it’s first-class cast straight out of the Victorian season.”

A new website has also been launched for the theatre at www.lighthousetheatre南京夜网.au

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