Community Theatre

Music Theatre Guild of Victoria 2016 Bruce Awards

CLOC Musical Theatre was the big winner at the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria’s 2016 Bruce Awards, presented at Frankston Arts Centre on Saturday December 10, 2016.

CLOC’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar took out nine awards including Production of the Year, with OCPAC’s Catch Me If You Can receiving five awards. Windmill’s The Little Mermaid took out three awards, while Footlight Productions Mary Poppins scored 2 awards.

Courtroom Drama for Castle Hill

Castle Hill Players wraps up the 2016 season with Jeffery Archer’s The Accused.  The audience will take on the role of Jury as Dr. Patrick Sherwood stands trial, accused of poisoning his wife in this enthralling courtroom drama set in the Old Bailey.  The evidence is presented to the Jury by two of Britain’s best barristers, highly experienced, highly competitive and loathsome of each other.  At each performance the audience will decide Guilty or Not Guilty and the play will close according to the decision.

Association of Community Theatre Hall of Fame

The Association of Community Theatre (NSW) was proud to induct three new members - Dr Robert Lang, Col Peet and Carla Moore - into its Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the sector.

Patron Nancye Hayes AM presented the awards at ACT’s Stagecraft conference dinner in October 2016.

Songs for a New World for Brisbane

New production company New World Theatre will stage the ‘exquisitely crafted’ Songs For A New World in Brisbane this November.

After auditioning for over 2 days, the New World Theatre team were able to narrow their cast down to just four roles.

The tight-knit cast features Lara Boyle (Jo, Little Women), Simon Chamberlain (Price Eric, Little Mermaid), Natalie Ridoutt (Eva, Evita) and Liam J O'Byrne (Laurie, Little Women).

Artistic Director and company co-founder, Melanie Evans, is excited to bring the show to the north-Brisbane region.

One Man, Two Guvnors for Perth

A QUEST for fish, chips and mushy peas in the 1960s leads to a hilarious and politically incorrect caper at Melville Theatre during November and December 2016.

Written by Richard Bean and directed by Vanessa Jensen, One Man, Two Guvnors is based on the most famous of Carlo Goldoni’s works, A Servant of Two Masters, originally written in the 1740s.

Creepy, Kooky Addams Family Musical for Perth

THEY’RE creepy and they’re kooky – and they’re appearing in the stage musical version of The Addams Family during November and December 2016.

Presented by Dark Psychic Productions at Phoenix Theatre, in Hamilton Hill, W.A., The Addams Family features an original story as Wednesday, the ultimate princess of darkness and all grown up, falls in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family.

Man-Eating Musical Plant Invades Roleystone

ONE of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time – an affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies and musical comedies – plays at Roleystone Theatre during November and December 2016.

Directed by Lys Tickner, Little Shop of Horrors has a score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined animated musical films with Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

Youth Jungle Book for Sydney’s North

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling’s tale of the child raised by animals – comes to Sydney’s North in irresistible musical form from November 18, 2016.

Mowgli, the 'wolf-cub child’ and friends Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python, transport us to the jungle in Lane Cove Theatre Company’s production of Kipling's unforgettable tale.

Dragons Come To Life in Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards!

EVERYONE knows dragons don’t exist – but an ARENAarts stage production of Terry Pratchett’s popular Discworld novel Guards! Guards! opening in October 2016 may prove otherwise.

Dying of Alzheimer’s in early 2015, Pratchett was the UK’s best-selling author of the 1990s, selling more than 85 million books worldwide in 37 languages.

The Wonder Behind Wicked

The eyes of community theatres around Australia were on CLOC Musical Theatre for its Australian Non-Professional Premiere of Wicked. The set and costumes will be used by ten companies all over the country, then exported to New Zealand. CLOC’s technical wizard Grant Alley, and Andrew Davis share their thoughts.

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