Community Theatre

Simon Comedy Biloxi Blues for Castle Hill

Castle Hill Players’ July / August 2019 production promises “Laughter, Love … & Latrines” in a great comedy - from the pen of America’s greatest comic writer.

Biloxi Bluesby Neil Simon plays at the Pavilion Theatre from the 26th July until the 17th August – and promises to make you laugh… and maybe even cry!

The Mikado Returns to Rockdale

After an absence of 12 years, Gilbert and Sullivan's much-loved operetta The Mikado will return to the Rockdale Town Hall stage in an all new production directed by Elizabeth Lowrencev.

Les Mis Set to Storm Barricade in Ararat

In 2019 Ararat Musical Comedy Society in Victoria will stage the biggest and most ambitious production in its 46 year history, Les Misérables.

Les Misérables has attracted a cast of 60 from across the region including Ballarat, Stawell and Ararat.

The production is being led by director Pam Wright, who returns to AMCS after previously directing shows including Dusty the Original Pop Diva.

Musical Director is Stephen East and Vocal Director Leanne McCready.

New Zealand Musical Theatre Boom

Musical Theatre in New Zealand is experiencing a ‘golden era’, with record attendances, profile and audition interest. The growth is not in professional theatre, but community theatres which ship professionally built sets and costumes around the country.

The musical theatre scene in New Zealand is a unique one, with the combined factors of a strong economy and some beautiful regional theatres, but a relatively small and geographically spread population.

Sense and Sensibility at Melville Theatre

FLIRTATIOUS fancies and considerable charm form an integral part of the playful-but-faithful adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, at Melville Theatre in WA during May 2019.

Adapted by Kate Hamill in 2016 and directed by Vanessa Jensen, the Austen classic tells the story of the Dashwood sisters and the path their life takes after the sudden death of their father.

1960s London Gangster Comedy for Perth

A BLACK comedy about gangsters in London’s East End during the 1960s comes to South Perth’s Old Mill Theatre in May – and it has more twists and turns than a pretzel.

Presented by Maverick Theatre Productions, A Picture of Betrayal is written and directed by Noel O’Neill and explores the day-to-day life of criminals going about their business of thieving, cheating and killing each other.

Spelling Bee Musical at Roleystone

TONY Award-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is coming to the Armadale District Hall in May 2019.

Presented by Roleystone Theatre (WA) and directed by Stephen Carr, it follows a group of six mid-pubescents as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

While openly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their homes, they spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing and pout-inducing bell that signals a spelling mistake. 

Memory Meets Reality in Ten Quid at Stirling Theatre

A STORY of loss, hope, friendship and leaving the past behind add up to Ten Quid, at Stirling Theatre in WA in April / May 2019.

Written by John Grimshaw and directed by Jane Sherwood, it follows the journey of a young man returning to Manchester 40 years after his family originally emigrated to Australia.

Mark’s goal is to honour his brother’s wish of scattering his ashes over the sacred turf of his beloved football team.

Avenue Q's Tough Streets for Sydney’s North

North Shore Theatre Company (NSTC) brings puppet musical comedy Avenue Q to The Independent Theatre, North Sydney from 26 April to 4 May.

Winner of the Tony Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q tells the story of a recent college graduate trying to find his way in the world.

Community Theatre Seasons 2019

Every year it seems that the hot new show on community theatre stages across Australia is the latest Broadway or West End blockbuster released for amateur performance.

While 2019 is set to be no exception, with Kinky Boots strutting its stuff around the country, allowing performers to give expression to their inner drag queens, Australian musical Ladies in Black is giving the imported blockbuster a run its their money.

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