Community Theatre

PLOS Welcomes Fintan as Oliver!

Fintan McCrave, 11 years of age is rehearsing for the title role in PLOS Musical Productions June season of Oliver!

Last year Fintan played the lead role in his school production of Aladdin at Blackburn Lakes and caught the performing bug. He is thrilled to have been successful in being offered the chance to take on another role; this time on a much bigger stage.

The Dresser: Backstage Drama for Limelight

INSPIRED by memories of his years working as a dresser for actor-manager Sir Donald Wolfit, Ronald Harwood's evocative, perceptive portrait of backstage life comes to Limelight Theatre (WA) in April and May 2014.

Directed by Sue Mainwaring, The Dresser is set in England against the backdrop of World War II as a group of Shakespearean actors tour a seaside town and perform in a shabby provincial theatre.

The actor-manager, known as “Sir”, struggles to cast his popular Shakespearean productions while the able-bodied men are away fighting.

Fresh Blood for Dracula at Adelaide Rep

When it was first published in 1897 Bram Stoker’s vampire novel, Dracula, took a while to gain popularity, even though it received high praise from critics. Victorian readers enjoyed it as a wonderful adventure story, but it didn’t reach its current legendary status until the 20th century, when it was adapted for film.

Holmes Spoof: More than Elementary

ARENAarts (WA) presents a mad comedy version of the Sherlock Holmes classic The Hound of the Baskervilles from March 21, with three women playing 15 roles.

Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, Simon James directs the production at the Latvian Centre in Belmont.

The play tells the story Sir Charles Baskerville’s murder and the intrigues that surround the arrival of the manor’s new lord, Sir Henry.

2013 CAT Awards

A playwright detective has received the top honour at The Canberra Area Theatre Awards, which honour community theatre companies and schools in the ACT and regional NSW. John P. Harvey reports.


Community Theatre Seasons 2014

Omigod you guys! Legally Blonde The Musical has been released to musical societies across Australia, with aspiring Elles already preparing their audition pieces.

Across New Zealand a consortium of companies will combine their resources to present ABBA musical Mamma Mia.

Landmarks abound in Community Theatre during 2014, while more Broadway musicals have their non-professional premieres.

When Kidz Act Up: The Little Mermaid

It sounds like a cliché to say that if you want your children to do something creative and imaginative that will get them away from the gameboxes and television, enrol them in theatre classes, most specifically Musical Theatre classes. They might shy away pursuing a life of Shakespeare, but one hit of The Lion King and they’ll be hooked for life. That’s how Kidz Act was born, and its Managing Director, Callum Hosking, was barely out of his teens when he started the children’s theatre company.

Little Voice, Big Stars

Little Voice has a knack for impersonating famous divas, and Debbie Nielsen, who takes on the title role in Lane Cove Theatre Company’s production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, comes to the part with the advantage of already having played a Monroe-esque starlet and Judy Garland’s signature role.

The Lane Cove Theatre Company will present its Autumn season of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice for a strictly limited season at the O’Kelly Theatre, Saint Ignatius College, Riverview (NSW) from 10th-13th April.

Sydney Premiere for Next to Normal

This April Rockdale Musical Society is staging the Sydney Premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, which chronicles one woman’s struggles with mental illness and the impact of this journey on those around her as she tries desperately to hold her family and her sanity together.

Little Women Sing at Bankstown

Diane Wilson, the Director of Little Women, is passionate about Bankstown Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Little Women – The Musical.

“In her 1868 novel, Little Women, Louisa May Alcott told the story of the March family. It became a classic and has remained a favourite for generations,” she said.

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