Community Theatre

The Music of the Night for Parramatta

The most successful stage musical of all time, The Phantom of the Opera, will burst onto the Riverside stage at Parramatta (NSW) in February 2015. Presented by Packemin Productions and the creative team responsible for productions of Beauty and the Beast, Annie and Hairspray in recent years.

Summer Shorts at Melville

IT’S a case of once, twice, three times a play at Melville Theatre (WA) in February and March 2015.

Three short plays – all playing on the same night – are being presented under the banner of Summer Shorts, providing a diverse mix of intrigue, comedy and reflections on life.

An Unwritten Pageby Angela Pritchard provides a snapshot of life’s hopes and dreams when two friends arrive to help Ben celebrate his 40th birthday.

Heidelberg Premieres When Dad Married Fury

Heidelberg Theatre Company’s first production for 2015 is the Australian non-professional premiere of When Dad Married Fury by David Williamson.

Written in 2011 ‘Fury’ is set against a background of the Global Financial Crisis, from which multi-millionaire Alan Urquart has apparently emerged mysteriously unscathed, unlike many of his investors!

Alan returns to Australia to celebrate his 70th birthday and introduce his new 33year old bride to his two sons and their families.

Daylight Savings at Castle Hill

How wonderful is daylight saving, when you can suspend time for one extra hour. When memories of past relationships can be a sunny comfort when life is not at its brightest. What would you do if an old flame from your younger days calls you while your workaholic husband has chosen to be away on your anniversary to fly overseas again?

The answer soon becomes apprent in the season opening Australian comedy Daylight Savings at Castle Hill Players (NSW).

Panic Stations: Farce at Garrick

A MIX of confusion, surprising disasters, eccentric characters, sexual escapades and misunderstandings form the recipe for the first season of 2015 at Garrick Theatre (WA).

Written by Derek Benfield and directed by Fred Petersen, Panic Stations follows the hapless Chester Dreadnought who becomes embroiled in one debacle after another when he unsuspectingly buys a property near an artillery range destined for demolition.

Jigsaws Pieces Together Family Drama at Old Mill

THE Old Mill Theatre (WA) is starting 2015 with the incisive and witty family drama Jigsaws – set in Perth in the late 1980s – by Jennifer Rogers.

Directed by Adam Salathiel, the show opens in February and is the first in a year of all-Australian plays to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.

Jigsaws is about three generations of women in the same family where life seems like a jigsaw puzzle: sometimes the pieces fit, sometimes they don’t and often it’s incomplete.

Lucky For Some: Thirteen 13-year-olds in Stage Musical

THE first Broadway musical to star an all teenage cast is being staged in Perth as part of the FRINGE WORLD Festival 2015, focusing on the life of 13-year-olds.

With music and lyrics by popular musical theatre composer Jason Robert Brown, the aptly-titled 13 – being performed at Playlovers Theatre – follows Evan who, just shy of becoming a teenager, suddenly has to cope with his parents’ divorce and a move from New York to Indiana.

Seussical The Musical

Stirling Players (WA) are presenting Seussical as part of the City of Stirling’s Summerset Festival from January 16 to 31, 2015.


Once again, the extended Gold Coast theatre community honoured the best in its numerous productions at the Gold Coast Area Annual Theatre Awards for 2014. Roger McKenzie reports.

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