Ballarat’s gold is famed for coming from the earth, but this year ‘pure performance gold’ will be found on stage at all of South Street’s venues, including Her Majesty’s theatre.
After a year out of Her Maj due to urgent safety and heritage works Royal South Street Chairman Peter Zala says the plan is to return to the famous raked stage.
“Works are progressing very well inside the theatre, and with all things going well Nicholson Construction should be finished by July leaving enough time for Her Maj technical staff to get things ready.”
“The first South Street event to hit the stage will be the Victorian Band Championships which attracts around 30 brass bands from all around the state in mid-August.” Mr Zala said.
Other disciplines to return to Her Majesty’s include Choral, Freemasons Festival of Bands & Strings, the Herald Sun Aria, Energetiks Dance and CommBank Calisthenics.
Away from the theatre South Street uses 6 other venues including Australian Catholic University for Debating and RACV Goldfields Resort for The Arts for All, our section for people living with a disability which returns for its 3rd year.
A new venue to South Street this year will be The Hop Temple which will be the home for Mi Sound, a section for VCE / VET students studying certificate III in Music Industry performance.
Also new in 2019 is ‘Improvisation in Pairs’ in Speech & Drama, ‘Choirs for a Cause’ in the Choral competition and “Strut your Stuff Showcase’ in Contemporary Vocal. Strut your stuff encourages singers to showcase their talent to the best of their ability over two songs with adjudication based on performance, charisma and vocal proficiency.
After a challenging 2018 without Her Maj South Street would love to encourage all past competitors to make a triumphant return in 2019. Entries open at 10am on March 18th and stay open for 6 weeks until April 26th via the website www.royalsouthstreet.com.au