West Side Story exploded onto Broadway in 1957 in a sensational storm of exuberant dance and wistful romance. It was a phenomenon that never faded, “an incandescent piece of work” (The New York Times). In 2019, West Side Story takes the iconic stage at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, complete with live orchestra hidden beneath the dramatic stage and fireworks in the balmy night air.
Friday 12 April 2019
Castle Hill – Sydney
This morning we depart on our three-day tour featuring West Side Story – Opera on Sydney Harbour. Making our way to Castle Hill, for lunch, and then on to the Museums Discovery Centre. The Museums Discovery Centre is collaboration between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Australian Museum and Sydney Living Museums On our guided tour we see and experience the vast collection that is typically the domain of specialist staff, including curators, scientist and conservators. From the rare car collection, to furniture, musical instruments and Olympic memorabilia, you are sure to discover some hidden gems as well as see collections not on public display. From Castle Hill we head into Sydney and check into our Hotel, right in the heart of the city.
Saturday 13 April 2019
Sydney Tramway Museum – West Side Story
Following breakfast, we are off to the southern suburbs to visit the Sydney Tramway Museum which began life in 1950. From 1957 the Museum operated from a large corrugated iron shed alongside what is now today the Parklink tramline. In 1988, the Museum moved to its current premises next to Loftus railway station. Where we will enjoy a 30-minute tram ride and a guided tour to learn about the evolution of Sydney Trams. To this day, the Museum remains a non-profit community organisation run entirely by volunteers.
From the Royal National Park we head to the St Georges Motor Boat Club for lunch, whist overlooking the water. Next, we join Bass and Flinders Cruises for a one and half hour sightseeing cruise along the Georges River. Follow the paths of the original explorers George Bass and Mathew Flinders as we pass by the modern-day suburbs of Oatley, Como, Sans Souci, and see the million dollar homes in Sylvania Waters. Returning to our hotel we have some free time to freshen up and have dinner.
Tonight, we get dressed up and head out for tonight’s special performance of West Side Story – Opera by the Harbour. (A reserve seats) An all-singing, all-dancing supporting cast takes on Bernstein’s brilliant score and Jerome Robbins’ original electrifying choreography. We’ll try to arrive to see the sun setting over the city skyline – some of us may like to take in the view with a glass of bubbles as dusk falls – there will be pop-up bars to purchase any drinks. Then sit back in the grandstand overlooking the water’s edge and immerse yourself in West Side Story. What a night!!
Sunday 14 April 2019
Following check out, we board the coach and commence our journey home. Heading straight for the Blue Mountains, our first stop is in Faulconbridge to visit the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum. Set in extensive grounds, the single storey house with its external painting and etching studios was the home of Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), one of Australia’s most controversial, exceptional and prolific artists. It was here that he created etchings, oils, watercolours, sculptures, the fine ship models which he made as a pastime and where he wrote the children’s classic, The Magic Pudding. After our tour we have a short drive to Leura and our lunch stop at Bygone Beauty’s Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms. This afternoon we return to Bathurst, following our fun filled weekend away.
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