Community Theatre

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.

Anne Frank’s Diary for Adelaide Rep Stage

With its April 2017 production of The Diary of Anne Frank, Adelaide Repertory Theatre relives the enduring and tragic story of a brave teenager making life and death decisions beyond her years in war-torn Europe. Lesley Reed reports.

Black Comedy in The Mozart Faction

WHAT happens when the members of a community choir find themselves trapped at gunpoint during a rehearsal?

The answer lies in Kate Rice’s black comedy The Mozart Faction, directed by Siobhán O’Gara at Melville Theatre (WA) in April 2017.

A small suburban choir, known as The Cantus Formosus, has been performing in community halls for local groups and events for years – but their latest rehearsal comes to an abrupt end.

Miranda’s Wicked Creative Team

Miranda Musical Society presents Wicked at Sutherland Entertainment Centre from March 22 to 26, 2017. The creative team of Director Tim Dennis, Musical Director Andrew Howie and Choreographer Craig Nhobbs chat about the joys and challenges of staging perhaps the world’s most ‘popular’ musical.

When did you first see Wicked and what was your initial reaction to the show?

Once Upon A Mattress – Fairytale Musical for Koorliny

WHAT do you get when you mix one pea, 20 mattresses and a princess-to-be named Fred?

A raucous, romantic and melodic spin on the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Princess and the Pea, playing at the Koorliny Arts Centre this April.

Presented by Laughing Horse Productions and directed by Adam Salathiel, Once Upon A Mattress is a whimsical musical comedy adaptation by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer.

The Bold, The Young, and the Murdered

Bankstown Theatre Company are bringing this high camp, hysterical murder mystery to its audiences as it ticks all the boxes for fans of soap operas, murder mysteries and comedy.

Written by Don Zolidis, The Bold, the Young and the Murdered is a comedy/mystery that pokes fun at soap operas and the actors who appear on them. It’s also both a murder mystery with an ending that will surprise even the best mystery sleuths, and a play within a play as the actors interact with one another on and off camera.  

Rockdale Opera Company Announces International Star José Carbó as Co-Patron

Rockdale Opera Company has recently had the great fortune of appointing another Patron, no less than internationally renowned baritone and OA favourite José Carbó. Jose is now co-patron of the Company, along with his good friend Daniel Sumegi, who is another world-renowned opera singer. Both these epically talented men had their operatic beginnings on the stage of Rockdale Town Hall, singing for Rockdale Opera Company in numerous productions.

Miranda Gets WICKED

Miranda Musical Society will be Sydney’s first community theatre company to bring to the stage one of the most popular musical theatre productions of all time. In March, Sutherland Entertainment Centre will play host to a big budget, spectacular production of WICKED.  

Cosi’s Mayhem and Music for Lane Cove

What happens when you take a manic depressive, a junkie, a mute, an overeater, a doped-up musician, an obsessive compulsive and a pyromaniac and try to get them to perform a Mozart opera?

The answer is COSI, the popular Australian semi-autobiographical play by Louis Nowra (writer of Sunrise, Radiance, The Golden Age among other Australian classics), to be presented on Sydney’s lower North Shore by Lane Cove Theatre Company from April 6 – 9, 2017.

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 22nd annual 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.