Community Theatre

Meet The Regals' Miss Hannigan

The Regals Musical Society (Sydney) will present Annie from October 14 – 22, in a production with a look inspired by the films of Tim Burton.

Originally to be performed at Rockdale Town Hall, the production will now be staged at Sydney Technical High School Auditorium following the discovery of asbestos issues during recent renovations.

Michele Lansdown, who will play the role of Miss Hannigan, spoke to Stage Whispers.

Man of La Mancha for Normanhurst (NSW)

Normanhurst Uniting Church Musical Society (NSW) presents Man of La Mancha from October 7 – 22, 2011.

Man of La Mancha is the story of Miguel de Cervantes, a failed author and poet in 16th century Spain. Imprisoned to await trial by the Spanish Inquisition, and placed before a mock court of his fellow prisoners, he attempts to save the manuscript of his book by giving a performance of the story - the tale of a man who imagines himself to be a gallant Knight, Don Quixote de La Mancha.

Quirky New Mikado for Adelaide

Licorice Allsorts, iPads and Cyndi Lauper aren’t images usually associated with Gilbert and Sullivan’s perennial operetta favourite, The Mikado – but the Gilbert and Sullivan Society has been turning Japanese in the strangest way for its next production.

Aussie Black Comedy After Dinner for Old Mill (WA).

IT’S a case of looking for love in just the one wrong place at Perth’s Old Mill Theatre this October.

Directed by Matt Longman, After Dinner sees five lonely singles head out to their local pub on a Friday night, determined to forget their nine-to-five routine.

Three female office workers are looking for a good night out and, nearby, two men are looking for the same – with different ideas.

Bye Bye Birdie for Ballarat

Shoot for the Moon Theatricals (Ballarat, Victoria), in conjunction with Curtain Call Performing Arts Studios present the energetic musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie on September 17 and 18. Featuring a local cast of 80, this musical boasts such songs as Put on a Happy Face, Kids and One Last Kiss.

The Boy From Oz First Show for New Willoughby Venue

Willoughby Theatre Company will present the inaugural production in the brand new Theatre on the Concourse (Chatswod NSW), one of Australia’s most popular musicals, The Boy From Oz

The Concourse in Chatswood is a brand new performing arts centre on Victoria Avenue in the heart of Chatswood shopping precinct opening in September 2011 incorporating a state of the art 1000 seat Concert Hall, a 500 seat Theatre, a Civic Pavilion, Studio and Library.

Away to Play at Brunswick.

Purely Pensive Productions (Vic) are presenting Michael Gow’s classic Australian play Away at the Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, Brunswick from September 15 to 17.

The 39 Steps at Heidelberg

Heildeberg Theatre Company (Vic) presents The 39 Steps, Patrick Barlow’s entertaining adaptation of the John Buchan / Alfred Hitchcock Espionage classic, from September 15 to October 1, 2011.

The 39 Steps follows the hilarious trials and tribulations of the wrongly accused Richard Hannay as he evades police and finds love while trying to foil the fiendish plot of a devilishly brilliant mastermind. On stage is a rollicking thriller-romance script with madcap vaudeville like comic routines and a delightful array of characters.

Miss Marple Whodunit for Limelight in WA

Things are not always what they seem – as evidenced in the September / October production at Limelight Theatre, Wanneroo (W.A.), with its puzzle of scattered clues, mixed motives and concealed identities.

Written by Agatha Christie and directed by Sue Mainwaring, A Murder Is Announced is set in an English country village house and features the famed amateur detective Miss Marple.

In A Murder Is Announced, a killing is advertised in the local paper with the location – and people turn up, waiting for the crime to unfold.

RENT for Chatswood

Chatswood Musical Society (NSW) presents RENT from September 23 to October 1 at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.

With every generation, comes a musical that talks to its audience.

RENT is one of those musicals.

Jonathan Larson’s iconic musical for our times is a joyous and turbulent journey celebrating life, love and beauty amidst the tough realities of modern living.

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