Community Theatre

2016 CAT Awards

A school teacher and a community theatre company which raised 1.5 million dollars for charity took out the biggest awards at the 22ndannual CAT awards.

Formerly known as The Canberra Area Theatre Awards (now just CAT) the ceremony took place outside the ACT for the first time (Feb 18).

The annual celebration of community theatre, dance and high school theatre took place at the Dubbo Civic Centre.

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.

Calvin Berger – Musical Twist on Cyrano for Perth

A HIP and hilarious musical loosely based on the timeless play Cyrano de Bergerac will groove up the stage at Western Australia's Roleystone Theatre in March 2017.

Written by Barry Wyner and directed by Madeleine Shaw and Tyler Eldridge, Calvin Berger is a story of unrequited feelings, love notes and physical insecurity among four high school students.

Butterflies are Free at Arts Theatre Cronulla

Arts Theatre Cronulla presents Butterflies are Free by Leonard Gershe from February 17, their first production for 2017.

The King and I for Rockdale

Rockdale Musical Society presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I from 3-12 March 2017 at Rockdale Town Hall.

The production features a cast of almost 60 actors, singers and dancers – including 26 children - as well as a full orchestra, all set in the 19th century royal palace of Bangkok.

It Shoulda Been You - Australian Premiere

Chatswood Musical Society (NSW) is to present the Australian premiere of the Broadway musicalIT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, a musical farce with blushing brides, nervous grooms, overbearing mums, unexpected guests, and plenty of crazy twists and turns … at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney from 31 March, 2017. 

Behind-the-Scenes Drama of Film Classic

A behind-the-scenes look at the filming of Gone With The Wind, and some of the problems encountered, is the first production of 2017 for Limelight Theatre in Wanneroo, WA.

Written by Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Ron Hutchinson and directed by Carryn McLean, Moonlight and Magnolias is loosely based on the fact that, in 1939, Gone With The Wind producer David O. Selznick shut down production after three weeks of filming because he was unhappy with the screenplay.  

Calendar Girls for Castle Hill.

Kicking off the 2017 Season of plays at The Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill Players (In Sydney's North West) will present Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls from Friday 3 February through to Saturday 25 February.

Many people would be familiar with the highly successful 2003 Miramax film based on a true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research under the auspices of the Women's Institute in April 1999.

Australia Day Fun at Heidelberg

Heidelberg Theatre Company presents Jonathan Biggins’ Australia Day From February 17 to March 4, 2017

Australia Day is a set in the imaginary small town of Coriole, somewhere near the eastern seaboard. The play deals with the six committee members and their battles to agree on the programme of the titular event.

The big day finally arrives and with it hilarity and disaster in equal measure. The portaloos overflow, the sausages are past their use-by date and the heavens open.

Disney’s Camp Rock for W.A.

GET ready to rock! A high-energy musical, featuring a story of rivalry and power, is set to come alive in February and March 2017.

Presented by Black Box Creations and directed by Katherine Freind, Camp Rock: The Musical opens with Mitchie and her friends arriving at Camp Rock, ready to spend another summer jamming and having the time of their lives.