Community Theatre

Comedy at Death’s Door Supports Cancer Charity

A GENTLE comedy about a woman dying of bone cancer – and her family coming to terms with it – is the August / September offering from Melville Theatre (WA).

Written by Laura Wade and directed by Susan Lynch, Colder Than Here is the story of Myra and her determination to plan her own funeral while her husband buries his emotions and her two daughters struggle to accept their mother's fate.

As she researches burial spots and bio-degradable coffins, her family is forced to communicate with her as they face up to an unpredictable future.

Sorority House of the Dead

Welcome to 1987 and Rush Week at Hamilton College. The Sorority of Delta Pi Sigma are holding their rushee function and young ladies wanting to become a part of the campus elite have all applied to join. Attendance at this party is mandatory and ladies are just dying to get in.

Dark Psychic Productions and Phoenix Theatre Inc. (Hamilton Hill, WA) present the Australian Premiere of Mitch Brian’s Sorority House of the Dead from August 29, 2013.

Shlock Rock Horror Musical: Little Shop at PLOS

PLOS Musical Productions presents comedy horror rock musical Little Shop of Horrors at Frankston Arts Centre (Vic) from Friday July 19.

What is Little Shop of Horrors?

Comedy Behind Legendary Hollywood Line

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!’

It’s arguably the most famous line in Hollywood history. But how it came to be spoken by Clark Gable’s raffish Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind is one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets. That is, if you believe Moonlight and Magnolias, the next play to open at the Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill (NSW) from August 2.

Spotlight Awards Recognise Musical Theatre Stalwarts

Theatre companies in Sydney’s southern suburbs have honoured four of their finest servants.

Members of the Engadine Musical Society, Miranda Musical Society, Rockdale Musical Society and The Regals Musical Society have inducted Andrea Munn, Barbara Glance, James Worner and Laurel Gee into their Hall Of Fame.

The induction happened at the Spotlight Awards, held for the second time at a sparkling dinner/concert at Club Central Menai last Saturday night (July 13, 2013).

Jon English to Frock Up as Edna in Parramatta Hairspray

Jon English frocks up as Enda Turnbald in Packemin Productions’ production of Hairspray at Parramatta’s  Riverside Theatre from July 26, partnered with Helpmann Award nominated Wayne Scott Kermond as Wilbur, while Cle Morgan will also be reprising the role of Motormouth Maybelle which she played in the original Australian production.

The trio of professionals will share the stage with some of Sydney’s best community theatre performers.

Bell, Book and Candle Bewitching Brisbane

Gillian is a witch who falls in love with her neighbour, Shep. She uses her magic powers to meet Shep but witches who fall in love with humans lose their powers. What will Gillian do?

Partly the inspiration for the hit television show, Bewitched Nash Theatre’s production of Bell, Book & Candle by John Van Druten features Aaron Bernard as Shep, Nikki McCrea as Gillian, Andrew Whitmore as Nicky, Sandra Harman as Queenie, Stewart Kirkland as Sidney, and Vincent as Pyewacket.

Bedroom Farce Antics for Redcliffe

In the manner of British farces, the story-line of Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce is manic.

Ernest and Delia go out to dinner to celebrate their wedding anniversary. When this is a failure they return home and prepare to celebrate with pilchards on toast in bed.

Malcolm and Kate are preparing a house-warming party:  Nick and Jan have been invited to this but Nick has hurt his back and prepares to rest quietly in bed.

Koorliny Arts Centre 2014 Season

In what might be the country's first 2014 Season Launch, Koorliny Arts Centre, in Kwinana (WA) announced its 2014 line up at a well attended ceremony on the 12th of July.

Guests included the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, many City of Kwinana Councillors, local politicians, managers of other Arts Centres, Koorliny's sponsors and members of the WA Independent Theatre community.

Nude Scene the Easy Part in Calendar Girls

In Calendar Girls, playing at Limelight Theatre (WA) during August, members of the local Women’s Institute in Yorkshire (similar to Australia’s Country Women’s Association) decide to make a nude calendar to raise funds for the local hospital after one of their husbands dies from leukaemia.

Based on a true story, Calendar Girls  was originally an award-winning 2003 film with Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, before Tim Firth adapted it for the stage in 2008.

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