SHOCKING OR NOT: Julian Louis, artistic director is keeping his lips zipped about NORPA season 2014.
SHOCKING OR NOT: Julian Louis, artistic director is keeping his lips zipped about NORPA season 2014. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Total surprise peek at NORPA 2014 program

TONIGHT NORPA will be dive into a world of the imagination when it reveals what 2014 will see brought to our local stage at Lismore City Hall.

The evening will feature live music and performances from local musical ensembles Tralala Blip and Los Pulpos, and a dance performance by Animal Farm Collective, to launch the year in style, artistic director Julian Louis, said.

The night will see Mr Louis revealing and giving his insights into each of the shows NORPA will present this year, from national touring companies to work created in our own backyard.

"We always like to start the year with a bit of fun," said Mr Louis.

"The launch is an opportunity for the community to come together, get a taste of the shows we're bringing to the region and nab the best seats!"

"People will be spoilt for choice with the range of incredible shows we have this year."

Mr Louis gave The Northern Star a few hints as to what 2014 may bring.

"I'm looking forward to the audience seeing classical texts reinvented to reflect really important dialogue about current times."

He also said he was looking forward to some Indigenous productions, family shows, and world-renowned circus acts, as well as one of his own works that is based on a best-selling children's book.

Most exciting, he said, was NORPAs Homegrown project which involves an ensemble of local performers with and without disabilities.

Some "really exciting" artists have been invited to NORPA to work with the Homegrown project, Mr Louis said.

After the redevelopment of City Hall last year, Mr Louis said he was looking forward to seeing the venue "perform" throughout the year.

Seeing the stage transform would be an exciting moment, he said - he even let slip that at one point the stage will be completely flooded.

Quick facts:

  • NORPA's 2014 season launches 7pm tonight at Lismore City Hall.
  • Bar open from 6pm.
  • Free event but please call the NORPA Box Office on 1300 066 772 to see if there are any places still available.

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