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Sunday in the park with George
The making of a masterpiece

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
20 - 27 July

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★★★★★ - Theatre People

★★★★ "Sophisticated work brought to life with colour and charm" - The Age

"What an amazing, innovative, and moving production. Bravissimi."
"Exquisite. Emotionally perfect with a design that captures the heart of the work. Unmissable."
"Amazing production...Go see it!! Colour, light, and musical brilliance."

Discover the beauty, colour and songs inspired by 19th century Parisian park life through the musical genius of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George. Victorian Opera's brand new production of this Pulitzer Prize winning musical brings to life the characters of Georges Seurat's famous impressionist masterpiece A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Featuring the talents of opera and musical theatre favourites, including Alexander Lewis, Christina O'Neill, Nancye Hayes and Antoinette Halloran, Director Stuart Maunder and Conductor Phoebe Briggs. An unforgettable ode to the ‘art of making art’. Image © Martin Philbey

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Conductor
Phoebe Briggs
Director
Stuart Maunder
Set & Costume Designer
Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer
Niklas Pajanti
Sound Designer
Jim Atkins


CAST

George
Alexander Lewis
Dot/Marie
Christina O'Neill
an Old Lady/Blair Daniels
Nancye Hayes
Nurse/Mrs. an American couple/Harriet Pawling
Dimity Shepherd
Jules/Bob Greenberg
David Rogers-Smith
Yvonne/Naomi Eisen
Antoinette Halloran
Boatman/Charles Redman
John Brunato
Celeste #1/Waitress
Olivia Cranwell
Celeste #2/Elaine
Carrie Barr
Louise/Boy
Monique Heath/Emily Chessum
Franz/Mr. - an American couple/Dennis
Lyall Brooks
Frieda/Betty
Noni McCallum
Soilder/Alex
Matthew McFarlane
Trumpeter/Lee Randolph
Jeremy Kleeman
Louis/Billy Webster
Nathan Lay
Young Man/Photographer
Kirilie Blythman
Man lying on bank/Museum Assistant
Daniel Todd

ORCHESTRA VICTORIA

VENUE
Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne


DATES

  • Saturday 20 July 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 July 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 24 July 1.00pm, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 25 July 7.30pm
  • Friday 26 July 7.30pm
  • Saturday 27 July 1.00pm, 7.30pm

2 hours 50 minutes with one interval

 

TICKETS

  • Tickets $45 - $171 (plus booking fee). Concession prices available including $30 VOyage (Under 30's) tickets.
  • View full ticket pricing
  • Tickets are available through Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183 or BOOK ONLINE >

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES
Find our more about our accessible peformances >

  • Tactile Tour Wednesday 24 July, 11.50am
  • Audio Described Performance Wednesday 24 July, 1.00pm

Victorian Opera's School Program offers an unique experience for students to experience the world of opera, enhance their musical eductation and have fun. Find out how we can tailor an opera experience for your students >

DATES

  • Tuesday 23 July 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 24 July 1.00pm*, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 25 July 7.30pm
  • Friday 26 July 7.30pm

2 hours 15 minutes with one interval

 

SCHOOL GROUP TICKETS

  • School group bookings for Sunday in the Park with George are available. Tickets $25 per student and teachers
  • Free pre-performance talk when you book a school group
  • Tickets are available through Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Free pre-performance talk when you book a School Group
  • Special tour at the National Gallery of Victoria when you book tickets. Find out more >

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Find our more about our accessible peformances >

  • Tactile Tour Wednesday 24 July, 11.50am
  • Audio Described Performance Wednesday 24 July, 1.00pm

★★★★★ - Theatre People

★★★★ "Sophisticated work brought to life with colour and charm" - The Age

"What an amazing, innovative, and moving production. Bravissimi."
"Exquisite. Emotionally perfect with a design that captures the heart of the work. Unmissable."
"Amazing production...Go see it!! Colour, light, and musical brilliance."

Discover the beauty, colour and songs inspired by 19th century Parisian park life through the musical genius of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George. Victorian Opera's brand new production of this Pulitzer Prize winning musical brings to life the characters of Georges Seurat's famous impressionist masterpiece A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Featuring the talents of opera and musical theatre favourites, including Alexander Lewis, Christina O'Neill, Nancye Hayes and Antoinette Halloran, Director Stuart Maunder and Conductor Phoebe Briggs. An unforgettable ode to the ‘art of making art’. Image © Martin Philbey

SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW THE JOURNEY


Conductor
Phoebe Briggs
Director
Stuart Maunder
Set & Costume Designer
Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer
Niklas Pajanti
Sound Designer
Jim Atkins


CAST

George
Alexander Lewis
Dot/Marie
Christina O'Neill
an Old Lady/Blair Daniels
Nancye Hayes
Nurse/Mrs. an American couple/Harriet Pawling
Dimity Shepherd
Jules/Bob Greenberg
David Rogers-Smith
Yvonne/Naomi Eisen
Antoinette Halloran
Boatman/Charles Redman
John Brunato
Celeste #1/Waitress
Olivia Cranwell
Celeste #2/Elaine
Carrie Barr
Louise/Boy
Monique Heath/Emily Chessum
Franz/Mr. - an American couple/Dennis
Lyall Brooks
Frieda/Betty
Noni McCallum
Soilder/Alex
Matthew McFarlane
Trumpeter/Lee Randolph
Jeremy Kleeman
Louis/Billy Webster
Nathan Lay
Young Man/Photographer
Kirilie Blythman
Man lying on bank/Museum Assistant
Daniel Todd

ORCHESTRA VICTORIA

VENUE
Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne


DATES

  • Saturday 20 July 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 July 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 24 July 1.00pm, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 25 July 7.30pm
  • Friday 26 July 7.30pm
  • Saturday 27 July 1.00pm, 7.30pm

2 hours 50 minutes with one interval

 

TICKETS

  • Tickets $45 - $171 (plus booking fee). Concession prices available including $30 VOyage (Under 30's) tickets.
  • View full ticket pricing
  • Tickets are available through Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183 or BOOK ONLINE >

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES
Find our more about our accessible peformances >

  • Tactile Tour Wednesday 24 July, 11.50am
  • Audio Described Performance Wednesday 24 July, 1.00pm

Victorian Opera's School Program offers an unique experience for students to experience the world of opera, enhance their musical eductation and have fun. Find out how we can tailor an opera experience for your students >

DATES

  • Tuesday 23 July 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 24 July 1.00pm*, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 25 July 7.30pm
  • Friday 26 July 7.30pm

2 hours 15 minutes with one interval

 

SCHOOL GROUP TICKETS

  • School group bookings for Sunday in the Park with George are available. Tickets $25 per student and teachers
  • Free pre-performance talk when you book a school group
  • Tickets are available through Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Free pre-performance talk when you book a School Group
  • Special tour at the National Gallery of Victoria when you book tickets. Find out more >

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Find our more about our accessible peformances >

  • Tactile Tour Wednesday 24 July, 11.50am
  • Audio Described Performance Wednesday 24 July, 1.00pm

The Wall

VCE Theatre Studies 4 Resources


In Conversations with...Sunday in the Park with George. A resource for VCE Theatre Studies 4 featuring Stuart Maunder (Director), Christina O'Neill (Dot), Alexander Lewis (George) and Meg Upton (Arts Education Consultant).
Watch the YouTube playlist here >

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE


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OPENING NIGHT BLOG!


Did you miss out on opening night? We captured the excitement of the night in our blog with a visual snapshot! You can also find out more about the story of Sunday in the Park with George. Read the blog >

Sunday in the Park with George

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Book by James Lapine.

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Originally Produced on Broadway by The Shubert Organisation and Emanuel Azenberg. 

By arrangement with Playwrights Horizon, Inc. New York City which produced the original production of Sunday In The Park with George in 1983.

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd Exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY).

Impressionism meets the digital age!


"Costume & Set Designer Anna Cordingley has scrutinised Seurat's famous painting and digitally applied its colour palette to her fabrics." Herald Sun's Simon Plant writes about the digital techniques used in our Sunday in the Park with George costumes.

We took the parasol out for one last spin in Melbourne before it moved to the theatre for final rehearsals


 

Adding the finishing touches

5 days to go til Sunday in the Park with George opening night! Now, what to wear...? Here is some inspiration from our Costume Department and Nancye Hayes!


 

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A Sunday on La Grand Jatte


During the period from1884-1886 Georges Seurat painted the iconic A Sunday on La Grande Jatte – 1884, which was to become one of the world’s most recognisable images. The painting exemplifies the ground-breaking technique Seurat developed known as Neo-Impressionism or Pointillism, the meticulous practice of painting tiny brushstrokes of pure opposing colours side by side to create a luminous sparkling effect. Source: Renee Atkinson, NGV Education

Sunday in the Park with George depicts a magical snapshot of  imagined stories of the characters depicted in the famous painting, including a love affair between the artist and his long suffering muse, Dot – the woman in the foreground carrying the parasol.

Georges Seurat, French, 1859-1891, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte -- 1884, 1884–86, Oil on canvas, 81 3/4 x 121 1/4 in. (207.5 x 308.1 cm), Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, 1926.224, The Art Institute of Chicago. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago.

Blog alert!


Last Sunday, our Patrons enjoyed an afternoon with our Sunday in the Park with George Head of Costume, Ross Hall. Head to our blog for a sneak peek of the amazing Old Lady costume. Visit our blog >

These boots are made for walking...in the park! Only 8 days til opening night! Book your tickets >


 


Colour and Light


In the words of the title character from Sunday in the Park with George, it's all about "Colour and Light" - and here we have both...and a parasol thrown in for good measure!

A Musical Perspective


Our Head of Music and Conductor for Sunday in the Park with George, Phoebe Briggs, writes a blog for the National Gallery of Victoria exploring the connection between the music score, and the Impressionist style of Sunday on La Grande Jatte! Read her blog here >

Impressionist Melbourne


In the spirit of Sunday in the Park with George, we're looking at Melbourne's landmarks in 'Impressionist Vision'

Royal Exhibition Building

Luna Park

Melbourne Tram

State Library of Victoria

The 12 Apostles

Arts Centre Melbourne

 

Counting down!


Today's beautiful weather has left us counting down the days til Sunday - "The Day Off!" Not too long to go! Sunday in the Park with George opens 20 July. Call Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183 or BOOK ONLINE >



‘What we have is a love affair with art; with the act of creation of art.’ - Stuart Maunder, Director


© Martin Philbey

Meet 'George'


Meet our very own 'George' played by Alexander Lewis. Check out the The Age's catch up with Alex to learn more about 'Sunday under the surface'


Georges Seurat


  • Seurat studied first with a sculptor before he was classically trained in art at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His education was cut short by military service.
  • 24 years old when he started painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - 1884
  • Seurat was described as being reserved, eccentric and aloof.
  • He was determined to pioneer his own style – this painting can be seen as Seurat’s manifesto.
  • His career lasted only 10 years.

Source: Renee Atkinson, NGV Education

 

COSTUME SNEAK PEEK



The sun is shining - the perfect time to bring out your parasol!



 

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Behind-the-scenes


Weather held out enough for us to do a special Sunday in the Park with George shoot at the Royal Botanical Gardens with our very own Dot (Christina O'Neill) - here's a behind-the-scenes snap

 

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View our Sunday in the Park with George Education Resource online or download print-friendly versions:

Find out more the work, what to expect during your opera experience and post opera reflection. Study the work, discover its inspiration, learn about the composers and explore the main themes found in our Education Resources.