Graham Ford recently finished a season of Brigadoon at St Gabriel’s Theatre Group Reservoir (Victoria), which he describes as a unique experience.
St Gabriel’s is real community theatre. Associated with the Catholic Church in Reservoir, it has been going for 44 years and they do only one production a year. Auditions are the last Sunday in August and they rehearse religiously every Sunday evening until the production at the end of November. There was one intensive weekend as well.
When Wyong Musical Society’s production of Calamity Jane hits the stage on the NSW Central Coast on June 1, the calamities faced by the title character of the musical Western, originally starring Doris Day, remain similar to those experienced in real life today, according to leading lady Shayne Leslie. Standing up for what seems right at the time and getting in trouble for shooting first and asking questions later, Shayne says “I enjoy the spirit which the character of Jane imbues.
In Waverley Lugar Brae Players (Bondi Junction, NSW) May 2012 production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, staged in this, the company's 53rd year, both of the lead players are carrying on a family tradition of performing with the company.
Soprano Chloe Anne McKenzie plays Mabel.
In the late 1960s John and Margaret McKenzie came from New Zealand and became part of the Players. Both John and Margaret performed leading roles in a number of productions and Margaret later became the Musical Director.
LIMELIGHT Theatre (Wanneroo, WA) presents The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, the 1978 Broadway musical based on thetrue story of the legendary Texas brothel known as the Chicken Ranch, from June 7 to 23.
When the curtain goes up on Tamworth Musical Society’s production of SHOUT! The Legend of The Wild One at Tamworth’s 402 seat Capitol Theatre on May 11, it will be playing to a packed opening night audience, with advance bookings for the season already in excess of 1800 seats.
That’s a remarkable advance when you consider that the City of Tamworth only has an area population of around 55,000.
SHOUT! tells the story of Johnny O'Keefe, the King of Australian Rock 'n' Roll.
Normanhurst Uniting Church Musical Society (NSW) presents the Willy Russell musical Blood Brothers during May 2012, an unconventional and somewhat controversial choice given the company's affiliations.