Community Theatre

World Premiere for Mutts

IT will literally be a dog’s life for some in August 2014 as the World Premiere in W.A. of a new play gives an insight into the canine mind.

Written by Johnny Grim for ARENAarts at Belmont’s Latvian Centre Theatre, Mutts is a tale of nine mongrels who end up in the pound together.

They all share the same wish of being rescued before time runs out – but will they all be lucky?

Director Jane Sherwood was sent a copy of the script not long after Grim had finished writing it and immediately loved the piece.

Twelve Angry Men for Richmond

Iconic play Twelve Angry Men, adapted by Sherman L Sergelfrom the teleplay by Reginald Rose, is Playhouse Players’ August 2014 production at the Richmond Theatrette (Vic).

The play, concerning the deliberations of the jury in a homicide trial, explores many techniques of consensus-building, and the difficulties encountered in the process, among a group of men whose range of personalities adds intensity and conflict.

A Brush with Picasso's Women

A FASCINATING insight into the wives and lovers of Pablo Picasso will emerge from the canvas during August 2014 as eight women share stories about their lives with the great artist.

Written by Brian McAvera and presented by Blak Yak Theatre at Chrissie Parrott Arts (Maylands, WA), Picasso’s Women is a collection of eight honest, brutal, erotic and humorous monologues that pull no punches.

The 2000 play allows the women to give their point of view and uncover their buried histories while relating their lives to Picasso’s art.

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.

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.

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