Community Theatre

Miss Saigon for Chatswood in May

Chatswood Musical Society (NSW) presents Miss Saigon as the company’s first production at The Concourse in Chatswood from May 4.

Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Vietnam and inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon is an epic love story between a young Vietnamese girl and an American GI who are torn apart by war but connect for a brief moment that changes their lives forever.

SIMON GALLAHER TO STAR IN HARVEST RAIN’S PRODUCTION OF HAIRSPRAY

Harvest Rain (Brisbane) has announced the cast for their upcoming pro-am production of Hairspray, which will open at the Playhouse, QPAC from June 22 to July 1, 2012.

Simon Gallaher will don a dress to play Edna Turnblad, the part made famous by John Travolta in the 2007 film.

Casey McCollow (pictured) will play Tracy Turnblad, the pleasantly plump teenager who dreams of dancing on the Corny Collins show. Casey has previously appeared in Harvest Rain's productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wizard of Oz and Sweet Charity

Talking Heads at Limelight

Limelight Theatre (WA) will stage three monologues from Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads (The History Boys and The Madness of King George) this April.

Originally written by for BBC-TV in 1988, Talking Heads has been described as a classic of contemporary drama, hailed for its combination of razor-sharp wit and deeply felt humanity.

The Limelight Theatre production features three monologues:

Bed Among the Lentils, where a vicar's wife discovers some semblance of happiness with an Indian shop owner.

Bankstown Celebrates the Show Tunes of Jerry Herman

Bankstown Theatre Company (NSW) are presenting Jerry’s Girls, a celebratory two-hour musical entertainment of glamour, optimism, love, melody, and women featuring the music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, from March 23 at Bankstown Arts Centre.

Carmen Musical for West Gippsland

Warragul Theatre Company (Vic) has recommenced rehearsals in earnest for its major 2012 production - a musical theatre version of the famous Bizet opera “Carmen”, which will be performed at the West Gippsland Arts Centre in May 2012.

The cast features a mix of newcomers and seasoned performers from across West Gippsland, and features a large ensemble including children’s cast.

A golden year for musical commemoration

Eastwood Uniting Church Musical Society (EUCMS) in Sydney celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2012. EUCMS members Elizabeth Yager and Christopher Melotti report on the company’s history and the celebration plans.

In 1962, a group of people at the Eastwood Methodist Church decided to devote their spare time to staging theatrical productions. Their aims were simple: to present musical and dramatic works, to promote the church’s values, and to donate profits to charities.

Art at Mount Players Features Local Art

The Mount Players (Vic) present Art by French playwright Yasmina Reza from May 9 – 31. The play is a comedic drama which has won several awards, including the Tony for Best Play in 1998. It looks at the interaction between three friends. One buys a painting … and things go downhill from there. 

“It is a play about friendship," said Christina Finch, who is directing the show.  "It covers a lot of emotional ground and it’s a fun ride.  There is even a happy ending of sorts!

Separating Jekyll from Hyde.

Director Craig Stewart, embarking on a new production of Jekyll & Hyde presented by Willoughby Theatre Company (NSW), gives an insight into his concept for this modern re-work of a period classic.

What attracts you to the story of Jekyll & Hyde?

Nunsense for Javeenbah Theatre

With Nunsense following close on the heels of a recent production of Doubt, and nuns dressed in full habits running around Javeenbah Theatre, locals could be forgiven for thinking a religious order had taken up residence at the theatre on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

In reality, the ‘nuns’ are madly rehearsing for Javeenbah Theatre’s next production – the musical Nunsense.

Cuckoo’s Nest for Bunbury

Bunbury Repertory Club (WA) will present One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest from March 23 to 31.

The play by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey, was made famous by the 1975 movie version directed by Milos Forman.

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