Community Theatre

Building The Musical Bridge

Coral Drouyn explores the sense of family and standard of excellence in one of Melbourne’s “MEGA” community theatre companies. She spent time with PLOS rehearsing for Legally Blonde.

Perth Students Tackle Tartuffe

A PLAY by one of France’s most celebrated playwrights plays at the Studio Underground of the State Theatre Centre in Perth during July 2015.

Performed by students from The Actors’ Hub, Tartuffe is a classic French satire and farce by Moliére first performed in 1664 and regarded as one of his most famous theatrical comedies.

Tartuffe is the name of the central character who is a wolf in sheep's clothing – he scams the family that has taken him in as their spiritual adviser and causes drama, confusion and comedy.

Lust, Lies and Betrayal in Award Winner Speaking in Tongues

AN intriguing and seductive play that was later turned in a multi-award-winning film is Limelight Theatre’s August 2015 offering.

Written by Kalgoorlie-born Andrew Bovell, Speaking in Tongues is a mystery for grown-ups laden with love, infidelity and mistrust, complete with twists, turns, flashbacks and surprises.

The three-part story focuses on the interwoven lives of nine people – two couples set out to betray their partners, a lover returns from the past and a husband doesn’t answer the phone.

Einstein and the Polar Bear for Adelaide

In the midst of an icy winter, St Jude’s Players intend to warm the hearts of Adelaide audiences by transporting them into the blizzard-blown wilds of New England, USA. Lesley Reed reports.

Powerful Tragedy in Wolf Lullaby

A CHILLING play that looks at children who murder, asking if there is intrinsic evil in the world, is the latest production at South Perht’s Old Mill Theatre, from July 31, 2015.

Written by Australian playwright Hilary Bell, Wolf Lullaby explores the themes of parental guilt and responsibility and whether some people are just born evil.

Set in a bleak, remote Tasmanian town, a small child is murdered – and suspicion falls on nine-year-old Lizzie.

Sondheim Meets Roman Farce In Forum at Phoenix

Phoenix Ensemble's upcoming production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is taking comedy all the way back to its roots – to Ancient Rome!

Running over five weekends from 7 August at Beenleigh’s boutique Pavilion Theatre, Forum delivers an almost constant stream of gags and upbeat songs.

The Merry Widow from Bluegum Creek Returns to Diamond Valley

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.

Charmaine Flies In As Wollongong's Mary Poppins

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.

Mary Poppins Floats Into Adelaide for SA Premiere

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.

The Snow Queen to Melt Hearts in Lane Cove

Cold can freeze your heart, love can set you free

Lane Cove Theatre Company follows up their sell-out production of Godspell with a timeless and timely musical tale for children of all ages: The Snow Queen.

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