Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Ballarat Lyric Theatre

Based on the 1994 popular movie of the same name, Priscilla Queen of the Desert follows the journey of two drag queens, Tick and Adam, and a transgender woman, Bernadette, as they travel across Australia in their bus, named Priscilla. Tick has been asked to perform at a hotel in Alice Springs by his estranged wife, Marion. Taking Adam and Bernadette along with him, the trio drive from Sydney to the remote resort town in the middle of the desert. Tick tells his companions that the trip is a favour to his wife, from whom he is separated, but does not reveal that he also has an 8-year-old son he does not know, but who now wants to meet his father. As they head west, Tick, Adam, and Bernadette learn to accept and support each other, whilst encountering a number of strange and colorful characters. After experiencing violent homophobic threats, Adam is forced to realize that not everyone is accepting of his flamboyant lifestyle, whilst Bernadette opens up to the possibility of love again following the death of her husband. Upon reaching Alice Springs, Tick finally meets his son, Benjamin, who accepts his father’s homosexuality and drag queen persona. The trio perform at the resort and realise that they have forged a bond that will last forever. Full of well-known pop songs, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a flamboyant, funny, disco-fuelled musical that gets the audience up on their feet.
Theatre/Venue NameHer Majesty's Theatre
Venue address17 Lydiard St, Ballarat VIC 3350
All performance dates and start times

Thursday 7 July, 7:30pm
Friday 8 July, 7:30pm
Saturday 9 July, 7:30pm
Sunday 10 July, 1:30pm & 7:30pm

Tuesday 12 July, 7:30pm
Wednesday 13 July, 7:30pm
Thursday 14 July, 7:30pm
Friday 15 July, 7:30pm
Saturday 16 July, 1:30pm & 7:30pm

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Creative Team

Executive Producer – Dr Michael Whitehead
Assistant Executive Producer – Alison Trevenen
Director – Katherine Armati
Musical Director – Geoff Martin
Assistant Musical Director / Rehearsal Pianist – Trish Dulude
Choreographer – Tori Heenan-Waters
Choral Director – Gareth Grainger
Stage Manager – Braydon Mckinnon
Production Manager – Carly Reynolds
Assistant Production Manager – Tess Kelly
Production Consultant – Warren Bodycomb
Lighting Design – Matthew Heenan, Siobhan Heenan & Annie Sienesi
Audio Visual Design – Matthew Osborne
Sound Design – Aaron Rivett
Hair Design – Nikki Mckinnon
Make Up Design – Cathy Heenan
Set & Costume Design – Cloc Musical Theatre
Costume Coordinator – Dom Sharp & Sam Stobie
Properties Manager – Marnie Bonell-Huy
Publicity Manager – Jessica Brady

Cast List


Bernadette – Gareth Grainger
Adam/Felicia – Callan Barclay
Tick/Mitzi – Corey Hall

Supporting Roles

Diva – Rachel Angee
Diva – Vanessa Belsar
Diva – Emma Rix
Miss Understanding – Benjamin Reginato
Shirley – Jeandanielle Evans
Bob – Matt Mercer
Marion – Lisa Brown
Young Bernadette – Aaron Bonell-Huy
Cynthia – Horace Tang
Jimmy – Tristan ‘Pancakes’ Harris
Benji – Archie Jones
Benji – Bede Mercer


Matthew Bandy (U/S Adam/Felicia), Hayley Beacham, Imogen Bedggood, Hammond Buckland, Kylie Gibson, Sarah Hiller, Jak Hocking-Vogele (U/S Miss Understanding), Karly Hogan, Phillip Howden, Grant Johnson (U/S Bernadette), Tess Kelly, Freya McBurney, Brandon Moore-Trye, Paul Roberts (U/S Tick/Mitzi), Amy Snowden (U/S Shirley), Carlie Steenhuis & Jessica Wilkinson (U/S Diva & Marion)

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