Community Theatre

No Names, No Pack Drill for Old Mill

LOYALTY, honour and love are explored in Perth's Old Mill Theatre’s December 2015 offering, the Australian play No Names, No Pack Drill.

Written by Bob Herbert and directed by Kristen Twynam-Perkins, it’s been described as a romantic drama based, in part, on an incident involving Herbert’s sister and an American soldier at Kings Cross.

No Names, No Pack Drill is set inthe Sydney summer of 1942 and looks at the effect of the so-called “Yankee invasion” during World War II.

A Bad Year for Tomatoes, a Good Night of Comedy

A Bad Year for Tomatoes, written by John Patrick,is a comedy about Myra Marlowe, a beautiful and famous television actress who retreats to a quiet town of Beaver Haven in New England to write her memoirs. As Myra tries to settle into a quiet life alone with just her tape recorder and the chance to grow tomatoes, her tranquility is soon shattered when her nosy neighbours arrive on her doorstep.  This community of zany characters constantly bombard Myra with their own special brand of loony tunes moments.

2015 Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Bruce Award Nominations

Nominations have been announced for the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria’s 2015 Bruce Awards for Excellence, which will be presented at an Awards Ceremony on December 12 at the Costa Hall, Geelong Waterfront.

The Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation for the ongoing support, encouragement and development of non-professional music theatre in the state of Victoria.

Bookings: 0438 711 378.



Sweet Charity for Limelight in Perth

HEY big spender! Limelight Theatre is getting ready to sing, dance, laugh and cry its way through its next show – the classic musical comedy Sweet Charity.

Written by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, it’s a tender look at the adventures and misadventures in the ways of love encountered by New York dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine.

Through trials and tribulations, Charity continues searching for love, ever hopeful, but always gives her heart and dreams to the wrong man.

Red Velvet: Australian Premiere for Adelaide’s Independent Theatre Company

In 1933, when African American Paul Robeson played Othello in London, the legendary actor/singer’s performance in the role was seen as a revolutionary, even shocking new development in theatre. Theatregoers of the time didn’t realise it, but Robeson was not creating history. There’d been a precedent by another actor one hundred years before. Now there’s to be an Australian Premiere of a new play about that trailblazing actor, Ira Aldridge. Lesley Reed reports.

The Marriage of Figaro at Rockdale

Rockdale Opera Company presents Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Rockdale Town Hall during November 2015.

A profoundly humane comedy, The Marriage of Figaro (Nozze di Figaro) is a marriage of Mozart’s music at the height of his genius and is often regarded as one of the best librettos ever set. In adapting a play that caused a scandal with its revolutionary take on 18th-century society, librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte focused less on the original topical references and more on thetimeless issues embedded in the frothy drawing-room comedy.

Evita For Sydney’s North

Epic musical EVITA plays at Manly’s Star of the Sea Theatre in November 2015

Manly Musical Society follows up its hit recent productions of Chess and Company with the famous epic about the iconic South American leader, Eva Peron.

Don't Dress for Dinner at Heidelberg

Don't Dress for Dinner is a zany farce written by Marc Camoletti (Boeing Boeing). When Jacqueline decides to visit her mother for a few days, her husband Bernard grabs the chance to arrange a cosy weekend with his new mistress in his French countryside home. 

Shakespeare in Saigon in Strathmore

It’s a love story with a difference. It’s Pygmalion in Footscray with a nod towards Educating Rita. A retired English Literature teacher (with a penchant for the Marx Brothers) falls on hard times. He meets a newly arrived young woman, one of the original boat people from Vietnam. Neither speaks the same language. How they communicate is a mix of mirth and misunderstanding until along come the words of a playwright called Shakespeare. As a one-act play with three characters, Shakespeare in Saigon was wonderfully successful.

Wartime Drama Expresses Dreams of Freedom

At Epping in NSW, Theatre on Chester’s third production for 2015 is Over the Moon And Far Away, written by Carla Moore, teacher, director, NIDA playwright graduate and life member of the Theatre on Chester.

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