Community Theatre

Barefoot in the Park in Perth

A CLASSIC romantic comedy about two newlyweds learning to live together, despite being polar opposites, plays at Melville Theatre (WA) during September 2016.

Written by Neil Simon and directed by Trevor Dhu, Barefoot in the Park follows Paul, an aspiring but conservative lawyer, and his wife Corie, a loving, free-spirited enthusiast for life.

They move from the giddy joy of a honeymoon at New York’s Plaza Hotel into the crazy reality of married life in a tiny fifth-floor Manhattan apartment with no heating system or lift.

Rockdale’s Leap of Faith

From the team behind Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors and Tangled, comes a musical antidote for the cynicism of our times! Fill your heart and be swept along by Rockdale Musical Society’s premiere production of LEAP OF FAITH – at Rockdale Town Hall from 9-18 September, 2016.

OCPAC presents Catch Me If You Can

OCPAC are presenting Catch Me If You Can, a musical comedy based on the incredible true story and hit film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks,during September 2016 for eight shows only.

Little Mermaid to Make a Splash at Beenleigh

One for all the family, Phoenix Ensemble presents a little slice of Disney magic to the Pavilion Theatre at Beenleigh, SE QLD, with the musical, The Little Mermaid.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and, of course, the 1989 animated movie, The Little Mermaidtells the story of the strong willed mermaid, Ariel and her determination to be “where the people are”. Now the stage musical will play at the boutique Pavilion Theatre for a limited season.

Tribute To A Young Life Taken By Depression

For the first time ever, nine of Sydney’s community musical theatre companies are holding a massive combined concert on 26 August 2016 at 7:30 pm, at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre to raise funds for mental health charities ‘The Black Dog Institute’ and ‘beyond blue’.

My Wonderful Day at Cronulla

Arts Theatre Cronulla presents My Wonderful Day by Alan Ayckbourn from 29 July – 3 September, 2016.

Alan Ayckbourn's 73rd play, My Wonderful Day premiered in 2009. His website states that his major inspiration for writing this play was autobiographical, drawing on childhood memories of accompanying his mother to meetings and social gatherings, where - ignored - he would quietly watch and absorb the secrets and indiscretions of adults.

Stagecraft Community Theatre Conference at NIDA

Jemma Rix will be the keynote speaker at the Association of Community Theatre’s tenth conference, to be held at NIDA on October 1 and 2, 2016.

ACT – an umbrella organisation for 150 community theatre companies - holds a conference every two years with seminars aimed at performers, directors and backstage theatre participants.

Jemma Rix – now a major star of the musical theatre stage - cut her teeth at Gosford Musical Society before working her way up to star as Elphaba in Wicked and more recently in Ghost.

Hunters Hill Theatre Looking New Home

Current venue put up for sale.

Hunters Hill Theatre, despite support from the local community in online and paper petitions, and numerous letters and emails to the Anglican diocese, will need to find a new home for its 2017 season.

Nuns to Entertain Perth in Sequel

FATHER Costello and his flock of nuns are back in the habit in  August 2016, when their previous high spirits are dashed by a troublesome ghost.

Written and directed by prolific Perth playwright Noel O’Neill, Hail Mary 2: The Haunting comes to the Old Mill Theatre this August, presented in conjunction with Maverick Theatre Productions.

The convent of Our Lady of the Vines is again under threat but this time it’s a haunting causing concern.

The Drama and Music of Chess at Bankstown

Bankstown Theatre Company presents the musical Chess from August 5 to 13, 2016. With music written by former members of ABBA, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, and lyrics by Tim Rice, the score, initially popularised by a 1984 concept album, features such songs as “One Night in Bangkok”. “I Know Him So Well” and “Heaven Help My Heart”.

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