Community Theatre

Mr Bailey’s Minder at Cronulla

The August / September 2018 production at Arts Theatre Cronulla, directed by Natalie Banach, is Mr Bailey’s Minder, by Sydney playwright Debra Oswald.

Leo Bailey is one of Australia’s greatest living artists, but at this late stage in his life exhibits the destructive effects of a life of excessive alcohol and cynicism. With his house disintegrating along with his body after a lifetime of abuse, Leo oscillates between vitriol and pathos. 

When Your Mum is the Director

Bankstown Theatre Company brings the iconic family favourite musical The Sound of Music to the Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown during July 2018 with a full orchestra, sets and costumes, and a cast (including a double cast of the von Trapp children) of musical theatre performers, including seasoned performers Lauren Eade as Maria and Dale Selsby as The Mother Abbess.

Telling Tales of Hoffmann at Rockdale

Jacques Offenbach's grand fantasy opera, The Tales of Hoffmann is considered by many to be his "masterpiece" and is based on three short stories by the German author and poet E.T.A. Hoffmann, who is also the opera's main character.

A firm staple and favourite in the repertory of opera companies worldwide, Rockdale Opera Company have chosen to present The Tales of Hoffmann for their 70th anniversary year.

Thrills, Chills and Laughs at The Guild

The Guild Theatre at Rockdale promises Thrills, Chills and Laughs during August 2018 in I’ll Be Back Before Midnight by Peter Colley

Jan and her husband Greg rent a remote farm house to aid Jan’s recovery from a nervous breakdown. Their serenity is disrupted by the local farmer who revels in gruesome ghost stories and odd behaviour - along with the arrival of Greg’s malevolent sister Laura.  Strange occurrences begin and suspense builds as spine-chilling shocks intermingle with deadly humour. A nightmare unfolds that will leave audiences aghast.

Wacky Comedy The Foreigner for South Perth

Picture someone who’s shy and doesn’t like to meet people – and then imagine how that disadvantage might be turned into a side-splitting comedy.

It’s all part of Serial Productions’ latest show The Foreigner, written by US playwright Larry Shue and directed by Rob Warner at the Old Mill Theatre from August 3 to 18, 2018.

Musical Postcard From Nelson

David Spicer attended the 58th national conference of Musical Theatre New Zealand, where amateur theatre companies fight for the rights for the best shows to serve up to their highly developed audience.

On the far north of the South Island of New Zealand is the ridiculously beautiful town of Nelson. It has gorgeous beaches and is an hour away from spectacular national parks and skiing. In 2018 it was also the host for the national conference of Musical Theatre New Zealand.

Community Theatre Champions

They are the stars of the little stages, moving from one community theatre to another scoring the plum roles. David Spicer spoke to six of the most popular leading ladies and men in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

Nadia Gianinotti hobbled back to work after twisting her ankle in her final performance as Velma Kelly in Fab Nobs’ production of Chicago.

Community Theatre Seasons 2018

Blockbuster musicals, newly available for production, regularly dominate Community Theatre stages, and 2018 is no exception. Queen musical We Will Rock You, Shrek the Musical, based on the popular Dreamworks animated movie and the stage adaption of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom top the new entries into the repertoire.

Leap of Faith on Sydney's North Shore

North Shore Theatre Company (formerly Chatswood Musical Society) presents Broadway Musical Leap of Faith at The Independent Theatre, North Sydney from 5 to 14 October.

Leap of Faith features music composed by eight-time Oscar winner - responsible for all-time classics Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors and Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Next to Normal at Lane Cove

From the team behind Lane Cove Theatre Company’s Holding the Man in 2017, comes Next to Normal - a contemporary musical that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis – during August 2018.

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