Community Theatre

My-oh me-oh! The Boy From Oz for Perth

THE first Australian musical to ever reach Broadway plays in Floreat, Perth (WA), from November 4 to 26, 2011, with Playlovers’ production of The Boy From Oz.

Written by Nick Enright and directed by Ryan Taaffe and Daniel Burton, it’s a colourful tribute to the life and times of Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen.

WA Premiere of Agatha Christie Classic

AGATHA Christie’s longest-running play has its WA premiere at Melville Theatre from November 4 to 26, 2011.

The Mousetrap has been playing in London’s West End since 1952 and the rights have only now become available, allowing it to be performed elsewhere.

Five guests are brought together in Monkswell Manor, where someone has a connection to a murder in London – and when someone is subsequently killed after they are snowed in, Sergeant Trotter tries to determine the killer's identity.

Classic Christie Mystery For Devonport

The Devonport Repertory Theatre Society (Tas) will present the classic Agatha Christie mystery And Then There Were None from October 28, 2011.

The Best Little Whorehouse at Catchment

Catchment Players (Vic) presentThe Best Little Whorehouse in Texas from Octoner 21 – 29.

When lies destroy lives: dramatic impact on W.A. stage

A MALICIOUS lie can destroy lives – witness the St Kilda schoolgirl scandal, claims Richard Gere has a bizarre sex life and the urban legend Don’t Worry, Be Happy singer Bobby McFerrin killed himself.

But it’s not just a recent phenomenon, as evidenced in a play from the Judaen Theatre Company (W.A.) this November.

Written in 1934 by Lillian Hellman and directed by Isaac Ellison, The Children’s Hour follows two teachers who are accused by a disgruntled student of having a lesbian relationship.

Chase Me, Comrade! in Wyong

Chase Me, Comrade! is the November production for Wyong Drama Group, on the NSW Central Coast.  The Ray Cooney farce, inspired by the true story of Rudolph Nureyev’s defection to the West in the 1960s, was first performed at The Theatre Royal, Windsor, in 1964 with Cooney playing the lead role of Gerry Buss. During its three-year London run it is alleged that Nureyev himself saw the play several times and laughed as much as the rest of the audience.

Snow White Pirate Adventure in Sutherland

Shire Music Theatre presents School Holiday Fun in Sydney’s South with Snow White & the Pirate Adventure by Sally Redman, a fun little show is full of adventure and music, from October 8 – 15, 2011.

Curtains for Dural (NSW)

Dural Musical Society’s second show for 2011 is whodunit musical Curtainsby John Kander, Fred Ebb and Rupert Holmes. 

Traditional Panto Alive and Well in Masterton (NZ).

The great traditional British Pantomime is coming to Masterton, New Zealand and the Masterton Amateur Theatrical Society (MATS) has chosen Cinderella by UK writer Ben Crocker, for this year’s traditional end of year show for its upbeat and funny script.

Cinderella is the rag to riches story of downtrodden Cinderella and her horrible step sisters. It is described as an hilarious romp through the fairy tale with whacky characters and upbeat music and songs.

RENT for Coffs Harbour

When RENT opened in 1996, AIDS was very much in the public eye. Fifteen years later, RENT’s legacy includes 5,124 performances at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre (1996-2008); four Tony awards; a Pulitzer Prize for composer Jonathan Larson; and even a dedicated fan base known as Rent-heads. 

But can the phenomenon continue? Can RENT mean something in 2011, when issues like gay marriage have taken over the headlines and AIDS, though still not cured, no longer dominates public conversation?

It’s time to find out.

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