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NORPA, the region’s leading theatre company, is 20 years young and they’re throwing a party for the community to celebrate and to launch their 2013 season of shows.

At a time when many other regional theatre companies have sadly closed doors, NORPA is still going strongly – it is one of only a handful of companies remaining that creates its own works as well as presenting the work of other high-profile Australian companies. ‘NORPA continues to work on that vital thread that connects us to our audience and community,’ says NORPA artistic director Julian Louis. ‘Touring companies repeatedly tell us how much they love performing to a NORPA audience – they sense a palpable energy in the room, and a willingness to get on board with new ideas. Without doubt, our audience is the inspiration driving us forward – always brave, ready to take an imaginative leap, and to embrace the new over the formulaic. And so this year I have programmed a season of shows that offer jaw-dropping entertainment across all genres; there is classic theatre with well-known actors, cabaret with punch, playful dance from internationally renowned choreographers, and contemporary circus.’

What better way to celebrate NORPA’s past and future than with a party? The venue is Lismore’s classic skating rink and while guests won’t be on skates, the Northern Rivers Roller Derby gals certainly will be. Key figures from NORPA’s colourful 20-year history will share their highlight moments (anyone remember the Mad Max-like crazies jumping from the roof of the Lismore City Hall for The Cars That Ate Paris or thousands walking through the streets of Lismore for The Flood or more recently, sitting on the tracks for Railway Wonderland?) NORPA’s artistic director Julian Louis will also give a sneak preview of the shows NORPA is bringing to the stage of the newly renovated Lismore City Hall in 2013.

There will be lucky door prizes and a raffle, nibbles from Raw Experiences and grazing platters of local delicacies; wines from De Bortoli and Watershed Wines, beer from Coopers; and groovy tunes from DJ Crucial D. Subscription packages and tickets to all NORPA’s 2013 shows will be on sale on the night. Earlybird subscribers will automatically go in the running to win tickets to the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Sample Food Festival events and Byron Bay Film Festival in 2014. The first show of NORPA’s 2013 season will be on July 19 at the newly renovated Lismore City Hall. All will be revealed at the launch!

NORPA is encouraging anyone who has been part of its 20-year history or who is interested in its future to come along. Make sure you get in early to grab a ringside seat at this one!

FRIDAY MAY 17, 5–7.30pm, Lismore Skating Rink, 21 Bridge St, Lismore. ENTRY: FREE but capacity strictly limited so reservations essential – call NORPA Box Office 1300 066 772 or email [email protected] to grab yourself a spot. More info: www.norpa.org.au.

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