Community Theatre

Rockdale on a Musical High with Reefer Madness

Satirical musical Reefer Madness is set to light up Sydney’s musical theatre scene when it comes to Sydney’s Depot Theatre from June 1, 2016.

Reefer Madness is a musical satire based on the 1936 instructional film seen in American schools - originally intended to warn of the dangers of marijuana.

Writers/composers Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney took the much-mocked cult film and created an all-singing, all-dancing parody.

1920s Comedy Thriller for Roleystone

A SPOOKY haunted mansion, possible heirs to a fortune and a variety of secrets and mysteries are the key ingredients of Roleystone Theatre’s (WA) May / June 2016 production.

Written by John Willard and directed by Paul Treasure, The Cat and the Canary is a 1922 comedy thriller that sees a group of distant relatives gather at a creepy old house to find out who will receive the inheritance of an eccentric millionaire, 20 years after his death.

1920s Comedy Thriller for Roleystone

A SPOOKY haunted mansion, possible heirs to a fortune and a variety of secrets and mysteries are the key ingredients of Roleystone Theatre’s (WA) June 2016 production.

Written by John Willard and directed by Paul Treasure, The Cat and the Canary is a 1922 comedy thriller that sees a group of distant relatives gather at a creepy old house to find out who will receive the inheritance of an eccentric millionaire, 20 years after his death.

Michael Gow’s Away Celebrates 30 Years

Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble Inc has been dedicated to showcasing plays associated with school programs for many years. Now the company presents Away by Michael Gowat the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre from 10- 14 May, 2016.

Three Australian families set out separately on a summer holiday but are driven together by a storm. At times funny and yet painfully truthful, Away exposes both comedy and tragedy in these families lives.

The Drama Of Justice

With Heidelberg Theatre Company’s production of Twelve Angry Men opening tomorrow night in Melbourne, Coral Drouyn explores the relevance of the 1954 play and talks to Director Chris Baldock.

Heidelberg Theatre Company is nothing if not diverse. Its programme for any season always includes a wide range of dramas and comedies, mostly plays accepted as classics (later this year their production of One Man, Two Guvnors is a must see. It too has Chris Baldock as Director). Their latest offering is Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men.

Miranda Patron Geraldine Turner Directs Brel

Miranda Musical Society Patron and Musical Theatre star Geraldine Turner directs the company’s June production of 'Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Paris’ at Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from June 7 to 26, 2016.

The sardonic, wise and intensely emotive songs of influential Belgian composer and performer Jacques Brel still ring in the air, thanks to this show that introduced Brel to many American listeners in 1968, a decade before his untimely death at age 49.

Enchanted April at Pymble in May

For those longing for a life of wisteria and sunshine…..

Pymble Players production of Enchanted April by Matthew Barber opens on May 4, 2016 and runs until May 28. 

The play follows Lotty and Rose, who are feeling lost and unsettled in the shifting currents of post  WW1 London, as they decide to visit Italy without their husbands. They are indeed being very daring.

Next to Normal for Phoenix

Fresh off their successful season of The Wedding Singer, Phoenix Ensemble (Qld) will present the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next To Normal from April 22nd, 2016.

Psychological Thriller Death and the Maiden

Olivier Award-winning thriller Death and the Maiden plays at Melville Theatre in May 2016, looking at what happens when a former political prisoner confronts her alleged tormentor years later.

Written by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman and directed by Lars Jensen, Death and the Maiden is a psychological thriller set against the backdrop of an unspecified post-dictatorship country.

When a stranger calls one night, his voice triggers a memory in Paulina Salas – one she has long tried to suppress.

Blithe Spirit 75 Years On

Mousetrap Theatre at Redcliffe, Queensland has the unique experience of presenting Noël Coward’s most famous play Blithe Spirit exactly 75 years after the famous author first penned it.  While the production runs over 3 weeks from 29 April to 14 May, Coward took only 6 days from 3 - 9 May 1941 to write his masterpiece.  The play was his most successful, having held the record for the most performances for several decades, until it was surpassed by Agatha Christie’s equally famous Mousetrap (yet another link to this well-known local company).

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