Community Theatre

Man-Eating Musical Plant Invades Roleystone

ONE of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time – an affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies and musical comedies – plays at Roleystone Theatre during November and December 2016.

Directed by Lys Tickner, Little Shop of Horrors has a score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined animated musical films with Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

Youth Jungle Book for Sydney’s North

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling’s tale of the child raised by animals – comes to Sydney’s North in irresistible musical form from November 18, 2016.

Mowgli, the 'wolf-cub child’ and friends Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python, transport us to the jungle in Lane Cove Theatre Company’s production of Kipling's unforgettable tale.

Dragons Come To Life in Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards!

EVERYONE knows dragons don’t exist – but an ARENAarts stage production of Terry Pratchett’s popular Discworld novel Guards! Guards! opening in October 2016 may prove otherwise.

Dying of Alzheimer’s in early 2015, Pratchett was the UK’s best-selling author of the 1990s, selling more than 85 million books worldwide in 37 languages.

Come to Bankstown’s Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved Victorian children’s novel The Secret Garden, reimagined as a musical by composer Lucy Simon and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Marsha Norman, is Bankstown Theatre Company’s October 2016 production.

Disney Classic Flies Onto Chatswood Stage

It’s one of the most spectacular musicals of all time, and from October 15, Sydney audience’s will once again get to witness the supercalifragilistic Disney classic musical Mary Poppins, when Willoughby Theatre Company’s production opens at The Concourse in Chatswood.

This production is directed and choreographed by Declan Moore, whose recent turns with the company (The Phantom of the Opera and Evita) led to sold out seasons.

The Wonder Behind Wicked

The eyes of community theatres around Australia were on CLOC Musical Theatre for its Australian Non-Professional Premiere of Wicked. The set and costumes will be used by ten companies all over the country, then exported to New Zealand. CLOC’s technical wizard Grant Alley, and Andrew Davis share their thoughts.

Boeing Boeing Flies in to Castle Hill

They say if you remember the 60s you weren’t there! Castle Hill Players’ next production, Boeing Boeing, promises to deliver a night of laughs and entertainment as this French farce, set in 1960s Paris hits the Pavilion Theatre stage from Friday 23 September until Saturday 15 October. 

Dramatic History Launched

On Friday 9 September, Canberra Repertory launched a thorough reference work and memory jogger written by seasoned REP member Jonathan Pearson: the book What’s a Show?  The Chronicles of Canberra Repertory Society Shows 1932–2015.

Honour at Old Mill Theatre

WHEN is love real and does it really last? That’s the core theme of Honour, the October 2016 production at the Old Mill Theatre (WA).

Written by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Dale James, Honour follows a couple’s exhausting and confronting – yet also tender and poignant – journey through life and love.

George and Honor have been married for 32 years with a perfect understanding of each other.

Pippin Has Magic To Do At Victor Harbor

He’s in demand among Adelaide community theatre companies, but one of Adelaide’s most notable young actors is donning a Director’s hat for the time being, to help the South Coast Choral and Arts Society produce the Tony Award-winning classic, Pippin the Musical. Lesley Reed reports.