Summer season at the Q covers the A to Z of theatre's best

Queanbeyan mayor Tim Overall duetted with Frank Sinatra on I Won't Dance but then decided to show off his terpsichorean talents anyway at the launch of Celebrate the Good Times, the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre's 2013 season.

He said, ''Stephen Pike still hasn't asked me to audition for anything''.

With no disrespect intended, the mayor might well be advised to stick the political stage. The one at the Q will be pretty well occupied next year as it is.

Pike, the Q's program manager, announced a program ranging from music to drama to dance to celebrate what will be the Q's fifth season and Queanbeyan's 175th birthday.

It will include the return of a popular show - the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute Oh What A Night! is back in January - and new productions, such as shake & stir theatre company's multimedia adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm and Expressions Dance Company's R&J, a contemporary dance interpretation of Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Natalie Weir.

There will be well-known stars - Henri Szeps in Elizabeth Coleman's dark comedy It's My Party (and I'll Die If I Want To) and Amanda Muggleton in The Book Club, adapted by Rodney Fisher from the play by Roger Hall, about a woman who finds her life moving from old wives' tales to something more like erotica.


And there will be well-known playwrights, represented by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream - ''fairies in the bottom of your garden,'' as its director, Canberran Jordan Best, said - and David Williamson's latest, When Dad Married Fury, in which two brothers find their 75-year-old multimillionaire father has married an American beauty queen half his age.

For musical theatre fans, Pike will direct Queanbeyan City Council's long-running off-Broadway musical about relationships, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and Nancye Hayes will direct Noel and Gertie, with James Millar and Lucy Maunder as long-time friends and collaborators Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence.

And two other musical experiences will be Moon, by the a cappella group the Australian Voices, and Shortis and Simpson's new show Prime Time, about the lives of all 27 Australian prime ministers.

And there's still more on top of all that.

Muggleton, who was present for the launch, said The Book Club would be her first time performing at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre and she was looking forward to the experience after many appearances in Canberra.

''It's beautiful,''she said of the Q.

And regarding the 2013 program, she said, ''I think the season is amazing'', and praised Pike for assembling greater variety then the Sydney Theatre Company or Melbourne Theatre Company managed in a year. (''They might do one musical'').

For more information on the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre's 2013 season, visit theq.net.au