Community Theatre

The Snow Queen to Melt Hearts in Lane Cove

Cold can freeze your heart, love can set you free

Lane Cove Theatre Company follows up their sell-out production of Godspell with a timeless and timely musical tale for children of all ages: The Snow Queen.

Gruesome Playground Injuries: Modern “Anti-romance”

A CRITICALLY-acclaimed play from a Pulitzer Prize finalist explores the complexities of relationships at Playlovers Theatre during July 2015.

Written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Kristen Twynam-Perkins, Gruesome Playground Injuries has been described as a modern “anti-romance” as it follows the lives of Doug and Kayleen from the ages of eight to 38.

Packemin's Mary Poppins Flies In To Parramatta

There is no denying that for any given live production it all starts in the rehearsal room. A cast and creative collective are thrown together, some having worked together before, others having not; we have a script, a musical score and one crucial element – a shared love of performing.

Packemin’s production of Mary Poppins is now in its third month of rehearsals. With just over 4 weeks till opening night, the atmosphere in the rehearsal room is alive and buzzing and the young performers bring a fun, fresh energy to the room.

Infidelity, lies and suspicion in The Real Thing

WHAT happens when a playwright and actors dodge intricately between make-believe and reality?

The answer lies in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, presented by the Graduate Dramatic Society (WA) from June 19, 2015 at Stirling Theatre.

Directed by Barry Park, it follows playwright Henry and his marriage to two actresses – he is married to Charlotte, playing the lead in his latest play, but he soon falls for Annie and leaves his first wife.

Grant Alley OAM

Congratulations to Grant Alley who has been recognised with an Order of Australia medal (OAM) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Grant was awarded this honour for his service to the performing arts, particularly theatre.  

 

Postcard From Christchurch

Theatre Jewel Amidst The Ruins.

As Christchurch slowly rebuilds after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, its grand old lady is breathing back life into its theatrical soul. David Spicer trod the boards of the re-born Isaac Theatre Royal, which was the venue for the 55thMusical Theatre New Zealand weekend conference, party and AGM.

The Book of Everything at Rockdale

The Guild Theatre at Rockdale in Sydney's south is presenting The Book of Everthing from May 15 to June 13, 2015.

Thomas, aged nine nearly TEN is being brave when he carries the neighbour's shopping into her house because all the kids think she is a witch. Benjamin Goodyear as Thomas and Sue Stapleton as the neighbour admitting she is a witch. 

Terry Pratchett’s Maskerade On WA Stage

ARENAarts (WA) is paying tribute to the late Terry Pratchett by staging an adaptation of Maskerade, one of his popular Discworld novels, during July 2015.

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

Terry Pratchett’sMaskerade is described as a “comedy theatre production of operatic proportions” with a story that has similarities to The Phantom of the Opera.

New Brisbane Company Has Murder in Mind.

Sharmony Productions has been created by two long standing Brisbane actresses, Sharon White and Sandra Harman, in order to produce quality theatre productions focusing small cast plays which showcase the talents of more seasoned performers, as well as up and coming actors.

CUTTING WIT, GREAT MUSIC & CUTE BOYZ

Director Osman Kabbara, musical director Josh Ransom and choreographer Criag Nhobbs are the team behind Miranda Musical Society’s production of the cult boy band musical ALTAR BOYZ at the Memorial School of Arts, Sutherland from June 12 to 21, 2015. Osman and Craig spoke to Stage Whispers about the show.

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