Community Theatre

Four-Fendered Family Friend Flies into Adelaide

Ian Fleming’s wonderful family tale Chitty Chitty Bang Bang couldn’t be further removed from his famous James Bond series, except perhaps for the fact that very imaginative and fantastically equipped motor vehicles feature in each. Now the stage musical version of the classic story about the Potts family and a flying car is about to touch down in Adelaide for an April school holiday season, courtesy of Pelican Productions.

Community Theatre Seasons 2015.

Mary Poppins will fly around numerous Australian community theatres in 2015, yet again challenging the technical ingenuity of many of our companies. The newly released mega musical is clearly the hot new choice on the circuit, and we look forward to many imaginative solutions. It’s one of two new flying challenges out there this year, though far less companies seem to be leaping at the daunting challenge of levitating a car in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Musical Tribute to Gallipoli at Garrick Theatre

GARRICK Theatre is paying tribute to those involved in the Gallipoli campaign, as part of 2015’s 100-year commemoration in April.

Split in two halves, Garrick Salutes Gallipoli features old-time music hall entertainment and a melodrama written by well-known local Guildford resident Bernard Doyle.

Arranged, compiled and directed by Kerry Goode and Susan Vincent, the music hall features World War I songs such as Keep The Home Fires Burning, There’s A Long Long Trail A Winding and There’s Something About A Soldier.

4000 Miles at Castle Hill

4000 Miles spotlights the relationship between Leo and his grandmother Vera, as it bumps and veers over the span of one month.

Castle Hill Theatre’s production of the play, written by Amy Herzog and based on her own feisty grandmother, directed by Jewell Johnson, opens at the Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill, NSW on April 10, 2015.

Spelling Bee at Brisbane Arts Theatre

Put six young people in the throes of puberty along with six adults who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, all vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime, and you have the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the most improbable of heroes

Director Katherine Alpert said the cast, made up of 10 talented locals, was ready for opening night - Saturday March 21 - which will mark The 25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee’s debut at the 78 year-old theatre.

Hail Mary: World Premiere Comedy for Perth

A DAVID versus Goliath story comes to the fore at the Old Mill Theatre in April 2015 as a group of nuns try to save their convent from demolition and being turned into a housing estate.

Written and directed by prolific Perth playwright Noel O’Neill, Hail Mary is an irreverent comedy about some unconventional nuns who discover their Swan Valley convent is to be sold because of its high operating costs.

The Darling Buds of May on Perth Stage

THE TV adaptation shot Catherine Zeta-Jones to fame. Now the stage vrsion comes to Limelight Theatre (WA) this April.

Based on the H.E. Bates novel, The Darling Buds of May was a popular UK television show in the early 1990s focusing on the Larkin family – Pop, Ma and their six children – in Kent during the 1950s.

Pop is a loveable trader-cum-junk dealer who hasn’t paid any taxes, which soon prompts a visit from tax inspector Cedric Charlton.

Ruby Moon: Fairy Tale Whodunit for Perth

Part of the current drama curriculum for Year 11 and 12 students, Australian play Ruby Moon is being brought to life by ARENAarts this autumn.

Written by Matt Cameron and directed by Louise Collins at Belmont’s Latvian Centre Theatre, Ruby Moon starts off like a fairytale and eventually becomes a twisted whodunit set in sinister, contemporary suburbia.

EVITA for Launceston

After an 18 year absence from Australian stages, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical EVITA plays at the Princess Theatre, Launceston in March 2015.

Bringing to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, EVITA tells the story from her humble beginnings to the enormous wealth and power she gained and her ultimate rise to sainthood.

Daniel Sumegi Announced as Rockdale Opera Patron

Rockdale Opera Company is delighted to announce that internationally renowned Australian Bass Baritone, Mr. Daniel Sumegi, has accepted the Company’s invitation to be its Patron.

“I am delighted to have been asked to be Patron of Rockdale Opera Company,” said Daniel.

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