Community Theatre

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.

Thriller Veronica’s Room Will Chill Melville

A SPINE-tingling thriller about a family’s secret will be exposed at Melville Theatre in July 2019, exploring the thin line between fantasy, reality and madness.

Written by Ira Levin (best known for his best-selling horror novel Rosemary’s Baby) and directed by Georgina Kling, Veronica’s Room has a sense of looming danger, suspense and unexpected twists.

MoonGlow Back with 42nd Street

Wollongong theatre company MoonGlow Productions is returning to the stage in 2019 after a four-year hiatus with Broadway favourite musical 42nd Street.

The show, which plays at Shellharbour’s Roo Theatre ofrom May 31 to June 9, is another family affair for the popular theatre company, boasting a cast of siblings, partners and parents and their children.!

Director Wendy Glover, who shares production duties with her husband Michael and daughter Bec, said it was a thrill to return to the Illawarra theatre scene.!

‘Hey Big Spender, spend a little time’ at Willoughby

From Friday May 24th, 2019, Willoughby Theatre Company is bringing back the classic musical Sweet Charity to Sydney’s North Shore - 35 years after the company first staged the show.

Exploring the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, hopelessly romantic, but comically hapless dance hall hostess in New York City, the show is a Broadway favourite.

Play On! - A Love Letter To Community Theatre

Hunters Hill Theatre (HHT) continue their 2019 season in June with the comedy, Play On! by Rick Abbot, directed by Margaret Olive 

Play On!tells the story of a plucky community theatre group trying desperately to produce a murder mystery play with a plot which doesn’t actually have a murder, an interfering playwright who keeps changing the script, and an increasingly disgruntled cast and crew. 

God of Carnage for Cronulla

Arts Theatre Cronulla's new production is God of Carnage, a satiric comedy by award-winning French playwright Yasmina Reza, who has been referred to as one of the greatest comedy writers of our time. The play made its London debut in 2008 and subsequently won a Laurence Olivier Award, with the Broadway production earning a Tony Award for best play.

Farcical Leading Ladies at Castle Hill

Castle Hill Players present the farce Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwigat the Pavilion Theatre from 31st May until 22nd June, Leading Ladies is directed by the company's President, Stephen Snars.

Little Mermaid Swims into The Hills

The Hills Musical Theatre Inc will present the most loved Disney classic The Little Mermaid, opening the last weekend of May 2019.

For the first time in Sydney’s Hills District, Ariel the mermaid and other favourite characters from The Little Mermaid come to life live on stage, with colourful costumes and popular music including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World" in the Hills Musical Theatre Company’s production.

AFL Gets A Comic Twist in Guild’s Managing Carmen

The next production at The Guild Theatre is Managing Carmen, Australian playwright David Williamson’s 2012 comedy.

Brent (played by Russell Godwin) is a young, handsome AFL star. Brent’s ruthless manager Rohan (David Hines) is loud-mouthed, abrasive and loves all the money that Brent is making him. Rohan is being offered hundreds of thousands of dollars for advertisements with Brent’s endorsement but he cannot put Brent in front of the cameras; Brent is a completely wooden actor and cannot learn to loosen up.

Meet Manly's Barricade Boys

Get to know the Boys of the Barricade in Manly Musical Society’s 10th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables, from 19 April until 28 April, 2019.

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables details the trials of France’s lower class and exemplifying the triumph of human spirit. Its uplifting message of hope, its grand epic tale and glorious music has made it the longest running musical of all time.

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