Community Theatre

Merry Widow: Collaboration for Rockdale Opera and Strathfield Symphony

Rockdale Opera Company is staging one of the most popular operettas of all time, Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow at the Rockdale Town Hall in November 2014.

Set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, The Merry Widow is one of the most frequently staged and well-loved operettas ever written, with clever witty dialogue and music by composer Franz Lehár. There have been continual revivals in theatres around the world since its première in Vienna in 1905.

30-Year Wait to Play Dream Role in Cats

Blue Mountains Musical Society open their new production of Cats on November 5, promising to present the show in a whole new way to audiences. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS won seven 1983 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Lighting and Best Costumes.

Shortened Shakespeare with Pint-sized Puck

A PINT-sized Puck, diminutive Demetrius and tall Titania are among the many characters in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream being brought to life in W.A. by The Drama Club, IntotheMask Theatre’s youth drama class.

Presented by Phoenix Theatre and directed by youth coordinator and teacher Alethea Bevilacqua, the 50-minute version has been adapted for the students and combines the seriousness of power and love with the silliness of magic and mayhem.

Comic Funeral Surprises in Wife After Death

A SECRET life is exposed at a funeral and the bombshell causes tempers – and ashes – to fly.

It’s all part of Melville Theatre’s November production of Wife After Death, written by Eric Chappell and directed by Joan Scafe.

Set at the funeral of successful television comedian Dave Thursby, his friends and family soon discover they know less about him than they imagined.

Bracken Moor: Australian Premiere for Adelaide

Through painstaking research and successful collaborations with international playwrights Adelaide’s Independent Theatre has brought some memorable Australian premieres to the South Australian community theatre scene over the years, including John Logan’s Peter and Alice this year.

Tom, Dick and Harry to Tickle Adelaide Funny Bones

As always, Adelaide’s oldest continuously operating community theatre group, the Adelaide Repertory Theatre will end its 2014 season with something to tickle the funny bone. Laughs will definitely be the outcome of the company’s play of choice, as the work flows from the pen of Ray Cooney, a master of farce.

Hills Pair Leap of Faith with Last Five Years

Castle Hill will host to the Australian Premiere of the Broadway Musical Leap of Faith, based on the movie starring Steve Martin, and a studio production of The Last Five Years during October 2014, when Hills Musical Theatre Company (Hills MTC) brings the two musical theatre shows to the Castle Hill RSL.


Bankstown Theatre Company is presenting the musical comedy Nunsense from October 24 to November 2. Director Richard Blomfield recently spoke to Stage Whispers about the show.

Only twelve out of 52 nuns remain alive in the convent after Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally killed the rest with her vichyssoise. Upon discovering the disaster, Mother Superior decides they need to raise funds to bury the nuns.

More Legends of the Skies

LOTS Theatre Inc. presents Legends of the Skies Series 2, from October 8 – 18 at the Australian National Aviation Museum, Moorabbin Airport.


Finding Mr Wonderful

 at Javeenbah

Dating can be tough; especially when you’re in your 40s, working in a factory and caring for your bedridden mother who’s on the verge of Alzheimer’s.

In Javeenbah Theatre’s new play Mr Wonderful, unlucky in love Norma Green attempts to find her “Mr Wonderful” through a dating agency, with awkward results. The play centres on Norma’s desperation to find love while having to portion her time with her ailing mother.

Javeenbah regular Naomi Thompson, who plays Norma, says it’s shaping up to be a great show.

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