Music
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre presents

WATCH AND ACT

The Black Summer Rock Opera

Friday 11 June 2021 | 8pm

Join us to celebrate the reopening of the Entertainment Centre with a World Premiere Production. After continually broadcasting the Black Summer fires with the ABC (and preparing to defend his own house), ABC Illawarra presenter, Nick Rheinberger took some time off and came back with his own rock opera. It’s based on the many stories he heard of shock, sorrow, survival and resilience. “The music just poured out of me,” says Nick. “It was my self-therapy”. Only a few weeks later, many of these songs made their debut at the Illawarra Folk Festival, after a few hours’ rehearsal with bassist Paul Greene and drummer Adrian Herbert. 

Now, thanks to support from Resilience NSW, the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre and IMB, this collection of fiery songs has become “Watch and Act”. The music has been arranged by Nick and Nowra’s own Paul Greene, and features a cast of local musicians and the creative team at the SEC. You can think of “Watch and Act” as a kind of secular service for the community of the South Coast. At times it’s sad, angry and wryly funny, but ultimately, it’s triumphant.  

Andrew Lloyd Weber shocked the world by turning the life of Jesus into a funky theatrical event and the world embraced the art form known as “rock opera”. It’s an art form close to the heart of Rheinberger, who grew up watching his parents in musicals, while listening to concert albums such as “The Wall” and especially Jeff Wayne’s “War of the Worlds”, one of the greatest audio rock operas ever created.  

“My whole life has lead up to creating this event,” says Nick Rheinberger. All the years of broadcasting emergencies and recovery, all the hours spent writing topical songs, all the musicals I’ve been in and all the rock operas I’ve seen and loved. All of it has gone into “Watch and Act”, and I could not be more proud of my cast and especially, my musical partner Paul Greene.”  

*** Stills and video courtesy of ABC ***

🙏 DONATIONS TO THE  SHOALHAVEN CITY MAYORS RELIEF FUND 🙏

On Wednesday 4 December 2019, Mayor Amanda Findley opened the Shoalhaven City Mayor’s Relief Fund in response to the Currowan Fire Emergency. Local community members as well as other NSW, Australian and overseas individuals, organisations and businesses generously donated to the Fund to assist the victims of the Black Summer bushfires in the Shoalhaven area.

Funds were collected and are being provided to full-time residents in the Shoalhaven whose home, infrastructure or outbuildings have been damaged or destroyed, and to tradespersons who have had vehicles, equipment, or tools damaged or destroyed.

The Bushfire Fund is open until 30 June 2021.

When you book your seats for this fantastic event you can choose to make a donation at the end of the process.

Donations may be received by direct transfer to:
Shoalhaven City Council
BSB: 062 585
Account: 10948473
Quote reference: Bushfire


Thank you and see you at the show 🎸


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Running Time

Approx. 1 hr

Recommended For

REcommended ages 14+

Ticket Price

$25.00

"At times it’s sad, angry and wryly funny, but ultimately, it’s triumphant."

Creator, Nick Rheinberger

Join us to celebrate the reopening of the Entertainment Centre with a World Premiere Production. After continually broadcasting the Black Summer fires with the ABC (and preparing to defend his own house), ABC Illawarra presenter, Nick Rheinberger took some time off and came back with his own rock opera. It’s based on the many stories he heard of shock, sorrow, survival and resilience. “The music just poured out of me,” says Nick. “It was my self-therapy”. Only a few weeks later, many of these songs made their debut at the Illawarra Folk Festival, after a few hours’ rehearsal with bassist Paul Greene and drummer Adrian Herbert. 

Now, thanks to support from Resilience NSW, the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre and IMB, this collection of fiery songs has become “Watch and Act”. The music has been arranged by Nick and Nowra’s own Paul Greene, and features a cast of local musicians and the creative team at the SEC. You can think of “Watch and Act” as a kind of secular service for the community of the South Coast. At times it’s sad, angry and wryly funny, but ultimately, it’s triumphant.  

Andrew Lloyd Weber shocked the world by turning the life of Jesus into a funky theatrical event and the world embraced the art form known as “rock opera”. It’s an art form close to the heart of Rheinberger, who grew up watching his parents in musicals, while listening to concert albums such as “The Wall” and especially Jeff Wayne’s “War of the Worlds”, one of the greatest audio rock operas ever created.  

“My whole life has lead up to creating this event,” says Nick Rheinberger. All the years of broadcasting emergencies and recovery, all the hours spent writing topical songs, all the musicals I’ve been in and all the rock operas I’ve seen and loved. All of it has gone into “Watch and Act”, and I could not be more proud of my cast and especially, my musical partner Paul Greene.”  

*** Stills and video courtesy of ABC ***

🙏 DONATIONS TO THE  SHOALHAVEN CITY MAYORS RELIEF FUND 🙏

On Wednesday 4 December 2019, Mayor Amanda Findley opened the Shoalhaven City Mayor’s Relief Fund in response to the Currowan Fire Emergency. Local community members as well as other NSW, Australian and overseas individuals, organisations and businesses generously donated to the Fund to assist the victims of the Black Summer bushfires in the Shoalhaven area.

Funds were collected and are being provided to full-time residents in the Shoalhaven whose home, infrastructure or outbuildings have been damaged or destroyed, and to tradespersons who have had vehicles, equipment, or tools damaged or destroyed.

The Bushfire Fund is open until 30 June 2021.

When you book your seats for this fantastic event you can choose to make a donation at the end of the process.

Donations may be received by direct transfer to:
Shoalhaven City Council
BSB: 062 585
Account: 10948473
Quote reference: Bushfire


Thank you and see you at the show 🎸


Location

Auditorium

Running Time

Approx. 1 hr (no interval)

Schedule of Shows
  • Friday 11 June | 8pm
Prices
  • ALL TICKETS $25
Cast & Credits
  • Music arranged by Nick Rheinbergerand Paul Greene
  • Guitars - Nick Rheinberger and RickFalkiner
  • Bass - Paul Greene
  • Drums - Adrian Herbert
  • Keyboard: Rob Laurie
  • Vocals: Eva Leone, Tia Wilson, KayProudlove, Nick Rheinberger, Paul Greene, HMO, Hamish Richardson, Tina Broad,The Glorious MUDsingers
  • Video and stills: Sara Moss
Please Note


WARNING: Some coarse language

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Ticket Transaction Fees

  • Counter Sales: no transaction fee 
  • Online Bookings: $2.65 per transaction 
  • Telephone Bookings: $6.10 per transaction 
  • Postage (if required): $5.20 per order

Booking terms and conditions

Ticket Refunds, Exchanges and Right of Refusal

The Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre abides by the Live Performance Australia, Code of Practice for the Ticketing of Live Entertainment in Australia. Tickets for a future performance can usually be exchanged for another performance of that show, subject to availability and payment of any ticket price difference. Management has the right to refuse any ticket exchanges. Refunds are generally not available except under exceptional circumstances outlined in the Live Performance Australia Code of Practice for Ticketing. Click here for the Code.

COVID-19 TICKET TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR REFUNDS & EXCHANGES (Valid until 30 September 2021)

Providing a safe environment for our Patrons, Staff and Performers is of the utmost importance.

Please do not attend the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre if:

  • You are suffering COVID-19
  • You have tested positive to COVID-19
  • You are awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • You believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, or
  • You have been advised to or are required to self-isolate or quarantine.

If you cannot attend your event for the above reasons, please contact the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre Box Office by email: info@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au  or by phone: 02 4429 5757. We ask that you contact the Box Office as soon as you become aware it is not safe for you to attend, and by 10am on the day of the event to discuss

No refunds or Gift Vouchers will be given after the event starts.  

Venue capacity is in line with the latest Public Health Orders from NSW Health. This means that changes to the maximum capacity may be made for an event to which you have bought tickets. If an event becomes oversold due to a change in this advice, ticket refunds will be made to patrons who have most recently purchased tickets.

The Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre COVID-19 Ticket Terms and Conditions for Refunds and Exchanges are in line with the current LPA guidance on refunds and exchanges. They exist in addition to the current Booking Terms & Conditions outlined above. The Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre COVID-19 Ticket Terms and Conditions for Refunds and Exchanges are valid until 30 September 2021 and may be extended in response to COVID-19 active cases in our community, or by Government.

All other Ticketing Terms and Conditions apply from the time of ticket purchase. 

Discounts

BABES IN ARMS
Babies are not generally admitted into shows other than those targeted at children 2-8 yrs. In this case, children under 2 and with an adult will be admitted for free in most cases accordingly. Babes in arms count toward the venue seating capacity under COVID-19 restrictions and must be declared when booking. Please check show page for special conditions that may apply. 

CHILDREN
We love kids here at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre! When available children aged from 2-18 years can access kids’ discounts. Please check show page for special conditions that may apply.

STUDENTS
If you’re currently studying full time and older than 12 years you’re entitled to our student discount rate. Just remember, the Box Office will ask for proof of full-time study. From time to time, we have other special deals for students so keep a look out for advertising or ask at the Box Office for more details. 

PENSIONER CONCESSION AND SENIORS’ CARD HOLDERS
Discounted prices are available for selected shows for Pensioner Concession Card holders and Seniors’ Card holders. 

CONCESSION DISCOUNTS FOR CHILDREN’S SHOWS
For children’s shows where there is a Student Group price, the concession price only applies to Pensioners and Seniors, a single student/child must pay the regular price. Proof of entitlement must be included when booking and may be requested prior to admission.

UNDER 30 TICKETS
Discounted prices are available for some performances. Refer to the event page on this website for pricing if offered. Tickets are not available online and can only be purchased in person with presentation of identification.

Rights of Entry

COVID-19 CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

The Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre is registered as a COVIDSafe venue and requires all patrons to adhere to the related terms and conditions outlined below.  

People who live in or have been (in the last 14 days) to Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong or Shellharbour local government areas) will not be permitted entrance into Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, in line with current restrictions provided by NSW Health. Identification must be provided when entering the venue to certify this. 

PROVIDE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS
Each time you visit the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre you must check-in via the Service NSW Covid Safe QR codes. This will provide the government with your contact details for contact tracing purposes. 

MASKS

Masks are mandatory at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre for all patrons above the age of 12. Patrons aged 12 and under are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

STAY HOME IF YOU FEEL UNWELL
If you are feeling at all unwell, please wait until you're better before entering the venue to avoid infecting others. If you are a ticket holder, please contact the box office (4429 5757) to arrange a refund or transfer of tickets.

OBSERVE THE MAXIMUM LIMIT OF PEOPLE IN SPACES
From 26 June 2021, the rules for indoor gatherings in public places for regional NSW has reverted to the 4sqm rule. Each of our venue spaces has strict limits to how many people can be in them at one time. Signage can be found in the venue with max numbers. In addition, seating for individual performances may be adjusted. Ticket holders will be contacted by box office staff.

FOLLOW DIRECTIONAL SIGNAGE
Directional signage has been installed in the venue to assist us with ensuring visitors minimise their contact with other visitors. 

WASH YOUR HANDS & USE SANITISER PROVIDED
Wash your hands as often as possible. Please use the sanitiser provided at various points in the venue. 

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
Give other visitors space when you are in the Entertainment Centre and maintain 1.5 metres space at all time. 

USE STAIRS INSTEAD OF ELEVATORS
If you can please use the stairs rather than the elevator. If you need to use the elevator, please maintain a safe distance. 

USE CASHLESS SALES WHERE POSSIBLE
Try to avoid paying by cash and opt to use the credit or debit facilities available with Tap & Go whenever possible. 

BE PATIENT
Follow the directions of any Covid marshalls and please continue to be respectful and considerate with other patrons and all Entertainment Centre staff when you visit the venue.

COVIDSafe APP
It is currently not a condition of entry to have downloaded the Australian Government's COVIDSafe app, it is entirely voluntary, however, we do recommend it. The app only works if you have your Bluetooth activated, and the app is running in the background. So please keep your phone on but turn your ringer/vibration off during performances.  For more information about the COVIDSafe app and to download visit this link -COVIDSafe app.

View the Conditions of Entry document here.

GENERAL RIGHTS OF ENTRY

LATECOMERS
If you arrive late, and the show has already started, there is every chance, depending on the show, that you will be refused entry or you might not be able to go in until there is a break in the program, such as intermission. 

CAMERAS AND RECORDING EQUIPMENT
Due to copyright requirements and to ensure an enjoyable experience for all patrons, cameras and recording equipment are not permitted in the Studio and Auditorium. 

MOBILE PHONES
Out of consideration to the artists and fellow patrons, please switch mobile phones, audible paging devices and alarm watches off while in the Studio and Auditorium. 

STANDING IN SEATS
Anyone who has purchased a seat should be considerate of other people. Please don’t stand in your seat - the person behind you can’t see. If you continue to stand up after you have been asked to sit, you may be asked to leave the theatre by security. 

ZERO TOLERANCE
Be responsible and we can all have fun. Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre has a zero tolerance when it comes to the use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol. Anyone who we believe is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol will be asked to leave the Centre or be subject to police action.

SMOKING
Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre or within 10 metres of the building. 

DRESS CODE
Remember… be cool but be tidy. Anyone who visits the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre dressed in bare feet, dirty clothes, inappropriate or offensive clothing will not be let in. We also can’t let you wear fashion hats, hoods, caps or headgear (excluding religious garments) into our theatres.