Based on the original operetta Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, and featuring an identical score, Bluegum Widow has a distinctly Australian flavour. Set in the Australian Embassy in Paris 1901, with the action moving to a Parisian apartment, it's a story about love lost and found, mistaken identity (or was it?), Aussie vernacular confusing the “Frenchies”, and Parisian cultured society versus the unsophisticated Australian abroad. The poor Aussies are rather out of their depth in sophisticated Paris and would not survive without their wily French translator.
The challenge of playing one of the most iconic characters in musical theatre history is what drove Charmaine Gibbs to audition for the lead role in MoonGlow Productions’ upcoming season of Mary Poppins.
Now one of Wollongong’s best-known leading ladies is prepared to take that challenge head-on, when MoonGlow Productions season of the Disney classic hits the WIN Entertainment Centre between July 9-11.
Adelaide missed out on the professional tour of the musical Mary Poppins when it was staged in Australia a while back, but Matt Byrne Media will rectify that in July, ensuring SA families can now enjoy a fine production of this endearing family show. Lesley Reed reports.
A CRITICALLY-acclaimed play from a Pulitzer Prize finalist explores the complexities of relationships at Playlovers Theatre during July 2015.
Written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Kristen Twynam-Perkins, Gruesome Playground Injuries has been described as a modern “anti-romance” as it follows the lives of Doug and Kayleen from the ages of eight to 38.
There is no denying that for any given live production it all starts in the rehearsal room. A cast and creative collective are thrown together, some having worked together before, others having not; we have a script, a musical score and one crucial element – a shared love of performing.
Packemin’s production of Mary Poppins is now in its third month of rehearsals. With just over 4 weeks till opening night, the atmosphere in the rehearsal room is alive and buzzing and the young performers bring a fun, fresh energy to the room.
WHAT happens when a playwright and actors dodge intricately between make-believe and reality?
The answer lies in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, presented by the Graduate Dramatic Society (WA) from June 19, 2015 at Stirling Theatre.
Directed by Barry Park, it follows playwright Henry and his marriage to two actresses – he is married to Charlotte, playing the lead in his latest play, but he soon falls for Annie and leaves his first wife.
Congratulations to Grant Alley who has been recognised with an Order of Australia medal (OAM) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Grant was awarded this honour for his service to the performing arts, particularly theatre.