Community Theatre

Adelaide Catches Saturday Night Fever

Together with the songs and sound of the Bee Gees, John Travolta’s unforgettable characterisation of Tony Manero ensured huge success for the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever and had the whole world disco dancing. It has also been a huge hit for musical theatre since creator Robert Stigwood adapted it for the stage back in 1998. Adelaide’s Matt Byrne Media will present the SA Premiere of the iconic musical this July. Lesley Reed reports.

Community Theatre Seasons 2017

If Elphaba and Galinda didn’t defy gravity at your local musical theatre company in 2016, they’re more than likely to land in your part of Oz in 2017, with Wicked set to be the most performed musical on the Community Theatre circuit.

Demand for the lavish sets, which have already been created for the mega-musical, exceeds their availability.

Ron Pidcock OAM and Savoyard

Evergreen entertainer Ron Pidcock has enjoyed an illustrious career on stage in a multitude of well-received roles; and off, as a Committee Member and two terms as Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria President. Gilbert & Sullivan Opera’s very own patter man was recently rewarded for his contribution to our national performing arts culture with a 2017 Order of Australia Medal. He will be showcasing his considerable talents in A Song to Sing O in July at the Phoenix Theatre in Elwood.

Here he is in his own words:

All My Sons for Heidelberg

Heidelberg Theatre Company (Vic) presents All My Sons, by American playwright Arthur Miller, also known for his later works Death of a Salesman and The Crucible, from July 7 to 22, 2017.

Secret Garden Musical Blooms in Perth

THE stage musical adaptation of The Secret Garden is set to blossom anew at Melville Theatre during July 2017.

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon and directed by husband-and-wife team Katherine and Justin Freind, it is based on the beloved classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The Secret Garden tells the story of 10-year-old Mary Lennox, orphaned while living in India, returning to England to live with her embittered uncle Archibald, whom she has never met.

The Accidental Director

Margaret Olive stumbled into directing by chance, when her theatre company needed to fill a sudden “vacancy”.

“What was a girl to do?” she said. “I couldn’t see them cancelling a show so I said I would have a go!”

Margaret is about to direct her 2nd production The Murder Room for Hunters Hill Theatre (NSW) in July 2917.

Female Odd Couple in Redland City

UPDATE: Following a successful opening weekend, this Saturday night’s performance on 10 June of The Odd Couple: the female version is now sold-out.  Three performances are still available.

MATES Theatre Genesis (MTG), Queensland, is bringing a very famous comedy about a mismatched pair to Redland City during June 2017.

The Odd Coupleis one of playwright Neil Simon’s contemporary classics.  His characters, Unger and Madison are known by generations of television viewers and theatre patrons.

High School Musical at Roleystone

IT’S been described as “Grease for Generation Y” and a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet – Disney’s High School Musical is coming to Roleystone Theatre (WA) in June and July 2017.

Directed by Lys Tickner and Brogan Smirke, it follows a week in the lives of East High students who are learning the highs and lows of being teenagers, finding out where they fit in.

Stripped Back Rent for RMS

Rockdale Musical Society's May / June 2017  production of RENT has stripped back the show to its barest elements, bringing the issues and characters to the forefront, allowing the cast to bring the stage to life.

When your show is controversial

Director Meg Day addresses some common reservations about the darkly hilarious Heathers - the Musical, ahead of its June 2017 production at Miranda Musical Society.

“Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasise about a world we aspire to” (Willem Dafoe).