Community Theatre

Michael Gow’s Away Celebrates 30 Years

Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble Inc has been dedicated to showcasing plays associated with school programs for many years. Now the company presents Away by Michael Gowat the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre from 10- 14 May, 2016.

Three Australian families set out separately on a summer holiday but are driven together by a storm. At times funny and yet painfully truthful, Away exposes both comedy and tragedy in these families lives.

The Drama Of Justice

With Heidelberg Theatre Company’s production of Twelve Angry Men opening tomorrow night in Melbourne, Coral Drouyn explores the relevance of the 1954 play and talks to Director Chris Baldock.

Heidelberg Theatre Company is nothing if not diverse. Its programme for any season always includes a wide range of dramas and comedies, mostly plays accepted as classics (later this year their production of One Man, Two Guvnors is a must see. It too has Chris Baldock as Director). Their latest offering is Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men.

Miranda Patron Geraldine Turner Directs Brel

Miranda Musical Society Patron and Musical Theatre star Geraldine Turner directs the company’s June production of 'Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Paris’ at Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from June 7 to 26, 2016.

The sardonic, wise and intensely emotive songs of influential Belgian composer and performer Jacques Brel still ring in the air, thanks to this show that introduced Brel to many American listeners in 1968, a decade before his untimely death at age 49.

Enchanted April at Pymble in May

For those longing for a life of wisteria and sunshine…..

Pymble Players production of Enchanted April by Matthew Barber opens on May 4, 2016 and runs until May 28. 

The play follows Lotty and Rose, who are feeling lost and unsettled in the shifting currents of post  WW1 London, as they decide to visit Italy without their husbands. They are indeed being very daring.

Musical Theatre New Zealand Conference 2016

A record number of participants attended the 56th Musical Theatre New Zealand conference in Rotorua during March. David Spicer reports.

Guest speaker was the legendary creator of The Rocky Horror Show, Richard O’Brien, who can be seen in fine form explaining how much he hates Opera in a special episode of Stage Whispers TV from the conference.

Rotorua is best known internationally for its extraordinary belching lava pools, sulphuric pong and hot baths. It also has a long history in musical theatre.

Award Winning Songs Entertain at Strathfield

Strathfield Musical Society is presenting another of its successful Cabaret style productions titled ENCORE - The best of the Oscars and Tonys, over one weekend in May – 20th, 21st and 22nd.  The show features the great songs from Hollywood and Broadway's Oscar and Tony awards. 

“The Society has built a strong reputation for performing well-balanced productions featuring a mix of popular songs, entertaining solos and ensemble numbers with great harmony singing,” SMS member Brian Hughes said.

Australian Premiere of Bittersweet Comedy Sex Cells

Adelaide’s Galleon Theatre Group presents the Australian Premiere of Sex Cells at the Domain Theatre, Marion during May 2016.

Anna Longaretti’s first play, described as a bittersweet comedy about motherhood, friendship, love and loss, premiered in 2013 at the Riverside Studios, London.

Witches Defy Gravity as Wicked Lands in Melbourne

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Melbourne's CLOC Musical Theatre follows the success of their non-professional premiere production of Mary Poppins in 2015 with a second blockbuster Australian non-professional premiere in 2016. Yes, CLOC is thrillified to be presenting Wicked, a show so popular that it is still running on Broadway in its lucky thirteenth year.

Hamlet Returns to Adelaide’s Independent Theatre Company

Sixteen years ago Adelaide’s Independent Theatre Company produced the classic Shakespeare tragedy Hamlet, to critical acclaim. Now, in April 2016, Artistic Director Rob Croser is to direct the play again, but with a very different approach to casting the conflicted prince at the heart of the story. Lesley Reed reports.

Audiences have been enthralled by Hamlet for four hundred years, yet what is arguably William Shakespeare’s most famous play is also one of his most difficult to perform.

Genesian Theatre Season 2016

Sydney’s longest operating central city community theatre company, the Genesian, has unveiled its 72nd season including two premiere productions for the city.

Theatre Director Roger Gimblett said the theatre was fortunate to obtain the rights to a new adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd.

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