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Music - Live Band

1927

Sunday 13 March, 2022 7.00pm With a debut album that became a smashing success that went five times platinum, stayed in the ARIA chart for 46 weeks, selling an excess of 400,000 copies and winning ARIA Awards for best debut single and album, 1927 became a household name in Australia overnight. Ian McFarlane in his opus The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop, put it perfectly when he wrote the album was ...ish, “…. ish is brimful of stirring, stately rock anthems.” It is one of the top 10 most successful debut albums for an Australian artist, multiple ARIA awards, a multi-platinum second album, chart success in Europe and America.  1927 live is a show not to be missed. 

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM

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Dance - Contemporary

A TASTE OF IRELAND

Friday 4 June 2021, 7.30pm. A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music and Dance Sensation returns with a performance that is 'Celtic - for this decade'. Laugh, cry and jig into the night with a show that has entertained thousands. Hot off its premiere New York City run in 2020 and with over 120 shows in 2019 across Australia and New Zealand, A Taste of Ireland finally returns down under. Experience the performances that have brought the house down night after night around the world as A Taste of Ireland wows audiences in 2021. Featuring acclaimed Irish dancers, dazzling folk musicians and contemporary vocalists, experience the raw, rhythmic passion that is the original story of the Celtic motherland. With revamped classics like Danny Boy and Tell Me Ma, the show's live, energetic blend of well-known tunes, jaw-dropping acapella tap battles, world-class dancing, melodic folk music mash-ups and craic galore transports you through the story of Ireland's tumultuous history, complimented by stunning production and lighting. Including beautiful scenic visuals, glitz, glamour and poetic narration, A Taste of Ireland combines toe-tapping rhythms with heart-warming emotion to create a contemporary Irish dance showcase that will leave you shouting for more. Starring dancers from the West End's Lord of the Dance, Riverdance and Gaelforce Dance alongside a treasure trove of Irish Dancing World Champions, A Taste of Ireland delivers the very best talent in the nation. A Taste of Ireland is exactly what it promises: a taste of everything you love about Ireland with a generous helping of more! Experience one of the most prominent Irish Dance shows in the world today. With all new sets, costumes, tunes and effects, we promise you haven't seen anything like this year's show! It's truly 'Celtic - for this decade'.

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AFDL06 THREE TENORS TRIBUTE

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AFDL07 BERNADETTE ROBINSON

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Theatre Play

ANIMAL FARM

Thursday 16 September 2021, 7.30pm. George Orwell's intensely powerful novel - live on stage in a critically-acclaimed production by shake & stir. Animal Farm, one of the most enduring political commentaries returns in a multi-award winning, critically-acclaimed theatre production.  Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and all the animals, fuelled by enthusiastic camaraderie and guided by a set of self-imposed rules, are promised a better life free from the self-serving greed of humans. However, it is not long until the rules that promised quality and freedom become the shackles that bind the animals once again. Please join the cast for some light refreshments in the foyer after the performance. “A must see!” - ABC Brisbane “One of the most raw pieces of theatre produced in this country in recent decades. Don’t miss your chance.” - Australia Stage “shake & stir nailed it. Physical Theatre at its best.” - ArtsHub Audience warning: haze, smoke and strobe effects will be used, as well as loud music. Suitable for ages 12+.

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Music - Orchestral / Recital

ANPA GRAND FINAL

Saturday 9 October 2021, 8.00pm. Spring will flourish in Shepparton, as it hosts the biennial Australian National Piano Award. The Award showcases some of Australia’s most brilliant emerging classical pianists. Over a week of solo recitals, the selected Award finalists will strive to win over $65,000 in prize money and perform impressive classical masterpieces that range from Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and many other composers. Repertoires throughout the inspirational recital series will feature music from the Baroque, Classical, 19th Century Romantic and French Impressionist eras, as well as music written after 1950, including Australian classical works. Open to Australian and Australian-based pianists aged 21 to 35 years, the Award embodies the highest national and international music standards and recognises the pursuit of professional excellence, technical brilliance and extraordinary flair. In the lead up to the grand final, three adjudicators will listen and observe every performance, while audiences can vote for their favourite solo recital in the Lorna Speechley Memorial Prize. Riverlinks and Greater Shepparton City Council proudly play host and support the Australian National Piano Award every two years. Audience warning: audiences should acknowledge that the Australian National Piano Award is a competition and respectfully remain quiet throughout all Award finalist performances during the solo recitals, semi final and grand final.

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Music - Orchestral / Recital

ANPA RECITAL

Monday 4 - Thursday 7 October 2021. Spring will flourish in Shepparton, as it hosts the biennial Australian National Piano Award. The Award showcases some of Australia’s most brilliant emerging classical pianists. Over a week of solo recitals, the selected Award finalists will strive to win over $65,000 in prize money and perform impressive classical masterpieces that range from Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and many other composers. Repertoires throughout the inspirational recital series will feature music from the Baroque, Classical, 19th Century Romantic and French Impressionist eras, as well as music written after 1950, including Australian classical works. Open to Australian and Australian-based pianists aged 21 to 35 years, the Award embodies the highest national and international music standards and recognises the pursuit of professional excellence, technical brilliance and extraordinary flair. In the lead up to the grand final, three adjudicators will listen and observe every performance, while audiences can vote for their favourite solo recital in the Lorna Speechley Memorial Prize. Riverlinks and Greater Shepparton City Council proudly play host and support the Australian National Piano Award every two years.

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Music - Orchestral / Recital

ANPA SEMI FINAL

Friday 8 October 2021, 12.00pm. Spring will flourish in Shepparton, as it hosts the biennial Australian National Piano Award. The Award showcases some of Australia’s most brilliant emerging classical pianists. Over a week of solo recitals, the selected Award finalists will strive to win over $65,000 in prize money and perform impressive classical masterpieces that range from Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and many other composers. Repertoires throughout the inspirational recital series will feature music from the Baroque, Classical, 19th Century Romantic and French Impressionist eras, as well as music written after 1950, including Australian classical works. Open to Australian and Australian-based pianists aged 21 to 35 years, the Award embodies the highest national and international music standards and recognises the pursuit of professional excellence, technical brilliance and extraordinary flair. In the lead up to the grand final, three adjudicators will listen and observe every performance, while audiences can vote for their favourite solo recital in the Lorna Speechley Memorial Prize. Riverlinks and Greater Shepparton City Council proudly play host and support the Australian National Piano Award every two years.

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Music - Live Band, Music - Tribute Band

BJORN AGAIN - MAMMA MIA!

NEW DATE - Saturday 13 November 2021, 8.00pm. Previous Show - Saturday 29 May 2021 Dust off those flares, platform shoes and satins and get ready to sing, dance and have the time of your life on Bjorn Again's Mamma Mia! We Are Back Again! Tour. Bjorn Again are so excited to be bacl playing all o ABBA's biggest hits in an action-packed, highly-entertaining concert that is ABBA-SOLUTE fun for the whole family. Bjorn Again have performed over 7,000 shows in over 120 countries world-wide, are endorsed by the members of ABBA and are regarded as the most successful tribute show of all time. Their critically acclaimed shows have been attended by the likes of JK Rowling, Tom Jones, Dave Grohl and Paul Kelly, Metallica, Robert Plant, Bill Gates and Nirvana, just to name a few. REVIEWS "One of the most entertaining live shows in the world today" - Times Out New York "Bjorn Again are phenomenal in every sense of the word!" - The Stage UK "Fans had better make the most out of Bjorn Again because that's the closest thing they are going to get to seeing ABBA. ABBA will never reform!" - Benny Andersson of ABBA

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BOURCHIER STREET JOUNIOR SCHOOL CONCERT

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Dance - Contemporary

CELTIC ILLUSION REIMAGINED

Tuesday 26 October, 7.30pm new spellbinding illusions, entrancing music, and choreography, Celtic Illusion Reimagined is the must-see family event of 2021

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Circus

COSENTINO DECEPTION TOUR

RESCHEDULED: Cosentino has been rescheduled from Saturday 7 August 7:30pm to Saturday 30 July 2022. PERFORMANCE: Saturday 30 July 2022, 7.30pm Australia’s world-renowned entertainer and International Magician of the Year, Cosentino, is returning to perform his brand new, 90minute live show Deception. Join Cosentino as he performs death-defying escapes that will thrill your senses, mind-boggling stage illusions and cutting-edge street magic that twists your view of reality. His trademark blend of dance and magic with a touch of hilarious audience participation will take you on a journey that will captivate fans, new and old, until the very last mind-bending moment. Now recognised as Australia’s most successful magician, Cosentino has spent the last three years touring to packed houses and rave reviews around the world, while his prime-time TV specials have now been seen by over 100 million people across the globe. www.cosentino.com.au

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INITIAL STAGES

Saturday 26 June, 2.00pm Saturday 26 June, 7.30pm Join the Junior students of Initial Stages Theatre Company as they bring the adventures of Moana and her village on Montunui to life! Featuring the hit songs, “You’re Welcome”, “Shiny” and the Oscar-nominated “How Far I’ll Go”, Moana is a coming of age story that follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. Throw in a crazy pet chicken and you have all the makings of a classic Disney musical!

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Music - Country

JOHN WILLIAMSON

Friday 18 February 2022, 7.00pm. In 2021 Australian music icon John Williamson will celebrate his 51st anniversary in the entertainment industry and foresee closing the book on his regular touring. "While I'm not looking forward to retire just yet, once I've completed my 2021 Winding Back Tour I'll be scaling down my live appearances," John says. "I've always loved the connection I receive when performing, so you'll still see me popping up at festivals and special events. Winding Back means I'm looking forward to spending more time in the garden and less time away from home." With his honours including the ARIA Hall of Fame, an Order of Australia, 28 Golden Guitar Awards, Australian Roll of Renown induction, not to mention over 5 million albums sold and thousands of shows performed. Prehaps John's greatest legacy is making Australians proud of their country and of who they are. So don't miss him, True Blue himself, in Shepparton for what could be the final time.

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Music - Tribute Band

JOHNNY CASH THE CONCERT

Friday 5 November 2021, 8.00pm. Fresh from his acclaimed starring role as Johnny Cash in the January 2020 Melbourne season of Legends In Concert Las Vegas, Daniel Thompson returns with Johnny Cash The Concert celebrating all things Man In Black. In 1969, off the back of the huge success of his At Folsom Prison album, Johnny Cash recorded the second of his legendary prison albums at California’s notorious maximum security prison, San Quentin. At San Quentin cemented his place as a legendary figure and icon of 20th century popular music. Johnny Cash The Concert, Back to San Quentin – 2021 features the great moments of the San Quentin album plus hits and favourites spanning Cash’s entire 50 year recording career. After 7 National tours and more than 200 shows, Johnny Cash The Concert has become lauded as one of Australia’s premier tribute acts presenting an unforgettable tribute to one of music’s most iconic and influential figures. With more than 80 thousand tickets sold Australia wide, don’t miss your chance to see what has audiences on their feet and coming back each year for more.

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Music - Live Band, Music - Tribute Band

JON STEVENS

Sunday 11 July, 7.30pm After a sell-out tour in 2019 Jon is back tributing the legendary bands that catapulted him into Aussie Rock Royalty! Jon Stevens | The Noiseworks & INXS Collection Tour brings hits Take Me Back, New Sensation, Touch, Don't Change, Hot Chilli Woman, Never Tear Us Apart, No Lies and more.

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Comedy

KINNE LIVE

Thursday 29 July, 8.00pm Troy Kinne is best known for his own TV shows Kinne (Ch7) and Kinne Tonight (Ch10). You may have also seen him a number of times on Have You Been Paying Attention? or performing on Just for Laughs. However, it is more likely that you have seen him in one of his many viral videos on Facebook and YouTube. ‘Kinne videos’ have been shared all over the world resulting in over 1 million followers on social media. Yet before social media was even a ‘thing’, Kinne was already making his mark on the live stand-up comedy scene winning several new comic competitions. Comedy Knockout - Search for a Funny Bone - Winner Comic’s Lounge - You Gotta Be Jokin’ - Winner A-List Entertainment - Green Faces - Winner Upon request, Kinne has entertained our Army Troops in East Timor, Afghanistan, the Solomon Islands, and in 2018 he sold out every show of his live tour around Australia's major cities. However now after enduring a lockdown that shut us off to almost all forms of entertainment, Kinne is bringing his live show back for his home state of Victoria, acknowledging the regional towns who have more than earned a night out of the house. "A rapid-fire night of laughs" - The Herald Sun

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MARGARET FULTON - THE MUSICAL

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Music - Musicals

MARINA PRIOR & DAVID HOBSON

Friday 26 November 2021, 8.00pm. After 3 back-to-back years of selling out shows around the country, Soprano and Tenor powerhouse legends of Musical Theatre and Opera, Marina Prior and David Hobson embark on their Encore Tour, The 2 Of Us, in up close and personal mode. Accompanied by renowned pianist David Cameron, in a two-hour intimate performance, Marina and David will perform their classics from productions such as The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and La Boheme, to name a few, as well as favourites from their award-winning albums. "It's been beyond our wildest dreams to travel this beautiful country of ours being supported by Australians in our own backyard," says Marina and David. "We've met so many wonderful people and made new friends along the way and we feel privileged to be able to do this and do not, for once take it for granted." "It's great that we have the opportunity to take the show to people, in areas around the country, that we may not have otherwise been able to get to with some of the bigger productions we perform," says Marina. "With the up close and personal show, it's like you're in our living room and we're in yours, singing both your and our favourite songs with a few funny career stories thrown in," says David. David Hobson is one of Australia's best-known operatic tenors, musical theatre performers and recording artists. He has sung and performed many roles for Opera Australia, performed lead roles in musical theatre, subg for the Queen, featured at the AFL Grand Final, Carols by Candlelight, Spicks and Specks, Dancing with the Stars, It Takes Two and has been a presenter on Foxtel's Arts Channel, Studio. Marina Prior is regarded as Australia's leading lady of musical theatre. She is best known for her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, to name just two. She has also performed with international stars including Richard Harris and Jose Carreras. Well known for her Carol by Candlelight performance each year, she was recently on the ABC TV series The Divorce. In 2006, Marina was honoured with an induction into Australia's 100 Entertainers of the Century. Hear the classics, their recorded favourites with a hint of humour thrown in! Definitely a show not to be missed!

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School Production / Concert

NOTRE DAME COLLEGE

Thursday 15 July, 7.30pm Friday 16 July, 7.30pm  Saturday 17 July, 7.30pm Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world-domination.

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Education

PETE THE SHEEP

Thursday 29 July 2021, 10.30am. Thursday 29 July 2021, 1.00pm Shaun isn't like the other Shearers in Shaggy Gully... he'd rather be styling than shearing and instead of 'sheep-dog', he has a 'sheep-sheep' named Pete. After being rejected by the shearers and their dogs, Shaun and Pete set up their own Shearing Salon in town and before long word is out and they are inundated with woolly clients and maybe a Ringer or two! This hilarious show, imaginatively told by four perfomers playing shearers, dogs and sheep explores the challenges and rewards of being an individual and will be a lasting tribute to honouring your own spirit and strength, whilst working with the flock. Suitable for ages 4 - 9 years.

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Music - Live Band, Music - Tribute Band

QUEEN FOREVER - BREAK FREE TOUR 2021

Saturday 28 August 2021, 8.00pm. Let's face it, we were all under pressure in 2020. So now it's time to break free and rock with Australia's most popular Queen show... Queen Forever. The essence of Queen is captured perfectly by Queen Forever fronted by a stunning portrayal of Freddie Mercury by the very popular Gareth Hill. Combined with Brian May's unique guitar solos performed superbly by Scott Bastian, rich sounding rock harmonies and authentic costumes, this highly entertaining stage show with state of the art sound and lighting will blow you away. Queen Forever will perform all of Queen's biggest hits including Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio GaGa, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, You're My Best Friend, Another One Bites The Dust, Fat Bottomed Girls, Don't Stop Me Now, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, and, of course, Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen Forever were established in Melbourne in 2006 and have been selling out concert halls and theatres all over Australia and overseas. This is a spectacular show not to be missed. According to Queen fans Queen Forever are the best lookalike and soundalike Queen show in the world.  Prepare to be blown away by Queen Forever with their special Kinda Magic on their 2021 Break Free Tour!

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Music - Live Band

ROCKARIA THE ELO EXPERIENCE

Thursday 25 November 2021, 8.00pm ROCKARIA -The ELO EXPERIENCE is a show that delivers a captivating live concert recreating the unforgettable sound of Jeff Lynne’s The Electric Light Orchestra. Formed in 1970 in Birmingham England, ELO was formed out of Jeff Lynne's and Roy Wood's desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. During the 1970s and 1980s, ELO released a string of top 10 albums and singles, including two LPs that reached the top of British charts: the disco inspired Discovery (1979) and the science fiction themed concept album Time (1981). In 1988 Jeff Lynne together with George Harrison formed The Traveling Wilburys with fellow members Bob Dylan,Roy Orbison and Tom Petty.Performing all the classic hits including ‘Evil Woman’,‘Living Thing’,‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, ‘Telephone Line’,‘Sweet Talkin Woman’,‘Strange Magic’,‘Do Ya’,‘Rock n Roll Is King’,‘Hold On Tight’,‘Roll Over Beethoven’,‘Can’t get it Out Of My Head’,‘Rockaria’ plus many more. Also including legendary songs by The Traveling Wilburys including ‘Hand Me With Care’,‘End Of The Line’,‘Last

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Comedy

SOOSHI MANGO

Friday 24 September, 6:00pm Friday 24 September, 9.30pm After a completely sold-out 2019 tour, the outrageously funny Sooshi Mango are back with a brand-new live show! Sooshi Mango: OFF THE BOAT will hit the Riverlinks Eastbank stage in September.

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Music - Tribute Band

THE BEST OF THE BEE GEES TOUR

In a world first, original Bee Gees member Colin 'Smiley' Petersen joins the Best of the Bee Gees live on stage! Colin 'Smiley' Petersen was the first non-Gibb brother to become an official member of the Bee Gees. He played drums on the albums Bee Gees 1st, Horizontal, Idea, Odessa and Cucumber Castle. He produced many of the Bee Gees number one singles including, Massachusetts, To Love Somebody, I Started a Joke and New York Mining Disaster. Colin is very excited to join The Best of the Bee Gees show, "I'm pleased to be part of this great show and share many memories. It's wonderful that these incredible songs live on." If you love the original Bee Gees, you can re-live those hits and first-hand memories from Colin and the band. Don't miss this incredible show!

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Music - Live Band

THE ROBERTSON BROTHERS 1960 VARIETY TV SHOW

Performance: Saturday 18 July 3.00pm Take a trip down memory lane with this amazing interactive live TV Variety Show featuring the hits from The Seekers, Bee Gees, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Neil Sedaka and The Everly Brothers! The Robertson Brothers grew up in a home that appreciated the Variety TV Show. When designing this new live touring show they decided to reinvent the magic and diversity of the old school 1960s Variety TV shows. With a rockin’ live band and an amazing multimedia presentation, expect to be entertained by many of the Classic Hits from the 60s. Through the prism of the Variety TV show format you'll travel back in time to embrace and celebrate the hits of these 60s music legends. You'll be singing, dancing, laughing and crying to Georgy Girl, Morningtown Ride, I’ll Never Find Another You, Oh Carol, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more in this celebration of your favourite 60s Superstars!

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Theatre Play

THEM

Wednesday 4 August 2021, 10.30am. In a city at war, five young people count down the days before a boat sets sail for a safer place. Who will leave, who will stay and what will their choices cost them? THEM is a fearless and inspiring story of one family on the cusp of becoming refugees as they face the decision to flee their war-torn city. Omar, Leila and their young child are counting down the days. Their idealistic friends enjoy wild fantasies of escape and the arrival of Omar's sister brings a real chance to do so - but will the compromise be worth it? With moments of unexpected warmth, love, laughter and song, THEM is a fast-paced drama that takes audiences into extraordinary circumstances to unveil a truly relatable humanity in the ordinary moments that shape our lives. "A drama dappled with humanity and humour amid the horrors of war. The inextinguishable spirit of laughter, of the music of life in the face of desolation, is crucial to both the play's poignancy and appeal." 4 STARS - Sydney Morning Herald. Warning: ages 14+. Moderate language.

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THEM

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VICTORIAN STATE BALLET - DON QUIXOTE

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WOLFGANGS MAGICAL MUSICAL CIRCUS

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