Community Theatre

BTC Attracts Broadway Talent for Drood

Bankstown Theatre Company has chosen the Tony Award winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood as its July / August production, a show that despite Broadway success is rarely seen here.

John Frost Speaks at Community Theatre Conference

Australia's leading producer of Musical Theatre John Frost will be the keynote speaker at the Association of Community Theatre’s ninth Stagecraft conference, to be held at NIDA in Sydney on Saturday September 20 and Sunday September 21.

Mr. Frost will reflect on his extraordinary career, which this year has seen him awarded an AM, and also become the 2014 JC Williamson recipient at the Helpmann Awards.He is also chairing a session on how to audition for a musical.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Lets Bankstown Audiences Decide

Bankstown Theatre Company is presenting The Mystery of Edwin Drood, amusical ‘whodunit’ which is loosely based on Charles Dickens' famous unfinished novel, in July 2014.  Drood takes audience participation to new heights by letting them directly affect the play's outcome by voting for whomever they think is the murderer.

Stage Whispers recently spoke with director Christopher Hamilton.

 

What attracted you to The Mystery of Edwin Drood?

The High Cost of Rent

Coral Drouyn talks to Director Paul Watson on the eve of the opening of the CenterStage Geelong production of RENT at GPAC.

The names Rent and Paul Watson have become closely linked over the last three years and this is Paul’s 3rd outing as multi award winning Director with the show that has set all of Victoria talking.

ARC Theatre Gets All Shook Up in July

Jukebox musical comedy-of-errors All Shook Up, inspired by the songs of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, is ARC Theatre’s July 2014 production at Banyule Theatre, Heidelberg, Victoria.

Set in a small town in Middle America in the 1950s, the quiet and conservative community is turned on its head when a leather-jacketed roustabout rides into town determined to shake up the citizens with his guitar-playing, hip-swivelling and irresistible rock'n'roll music.

Mrs Potts, Two Chips and a Passion for Disney Magic

By the time Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Packemin Productions’ latestl arge scale pro-am musical production, takes the stage at Riverside Theatres Parramatta in July, Donna Lee (pictured left) will have made some pretty substantial adjustments to her usual acting style.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Roleystone

A BIG-hearted musical comedy featuring agoraphobia, adultery, ’80s nostalgia, kleptomania, strippers and a hysterical pregnancy comes to life at Roleystone Theatre (WA) in July 2014.

Written by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso and directed by Lorna Mackie, The Great American Trailer Park Musical is set in Armadillo Acres, Florida's most exclusive park for mobile homes.

WA Premiere for Dark Aussie Musical The Hatpin

ONE of Australia’s darkest child murder cases seems an unlikely topic for a musical – but despite its macabre origins, The Hatpin is a story of hope, courage and a mother’s undying love for her child.

Written by WA Academy of Performing Arts graduates James Millar and Peter Rutherford, the musical makes its WA premiere at the Old Mill Theatre from July 11 – 26, 2014, directed by Graeme Johnson with musical direction from Paul Lawrence Olsen.

Run For Your Wife in Mackay

One of Ray Cooney’s best-loved comedies, Run For Your Wife, a favourite piece with both professional and amateur theatre companies all over the world ever since its London première in 1983, is Kucom Theatre’s July 2014 production in the Lynette Denny Space, MECC in Mackay, Queensland.

Taxi driver John Smith (played by Neal O'Leary) gets away with having two wives - Barbara (Belinda Patroni) and Mary (Kelly Gregg) in different areas of London because of his irregular working schedule.

Secret Garden Musical to Bloom in Beenleigh

Tony Award winning musical, The Secret Garden, is Beenleigh Theatre Group’s forthcoming production at Crete Street Theatre, Beenleigh from 27 June until 12 July, 2014, bringing the musical to the extended theatre audiences of Brisbane, Logan and Gold Coast.