Community Theatre

From Gaston to Beast for Scott at Packemin

When Packemin Productions bring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the stage at Riverside Theatres Parramatta in July, another of the large scale pro-am musical productions for which they have built such a name, Scott Irwin makes the rather unusual transformation from Gaston, the role which he played in the professional production here in Sydney, to the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast is a show that holds very dear memories for Scott.

Gold Coast Theatre Alliance Talent Search

In planning for the future of theatre on the Gold Coast, the Theatre Alliance will precede their 2015 Season Launch with a Talent Search at the Helensvale Community Centre on the 1st and 2nd November 2014.

The adjudicators are Industry Professionals Deborah Leigh-Russell, Claudine and James Anderson and Stage Whispers is pleased to be sponsoring one of the sections.

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.

The High Cost of Rent

Coral Drouyn talks to Director Paul Watson on the eve of the opening of the CenterStage Geelong production of RENT at GPAC.

The names Rent and Paul Watson have become closely linked over the last three years and this is Paul’s 3rd outing as multi award winning Director with the show that has set all of Victoria talking.

ARC Theatre Gets All Shook Up in July

Jukebox musical comedy-of-errors All Shook Up, inspired by the songs of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, is ARC Theatre’s July 2014 production at Banyule Theatre, Heidelberg, Victoria.

Set in a small town in Middle America in the 1950s, the quiet and conservative community is turned on its head when a leather-jacketed roustabout rides into town determined to shake up the citizens with his guitar-playing, hip-swivelling and irresistible rock'n'roll music.

WA Premiere for Dark Aussie Musical The Hatpin

ONE of Australia’s darkest child murder cases seems an unlikely topic for a musical – but despite its macabre origins, The Hatpin is a story of hope, courage and a mother’s undying love for her child.

Written by WA Academy of Performing Arts graduates James Millar and Peter Rutherford, the musical makes its WA premiere at the Old Mill Theatre from July 11 – 26, 2014, directed by Graeme Johnson with musical direction from Paul Lawrence Olsen.

Run For Your Wife in Mackay

One of Ray Cooney’s best-loved comedies, Run For Your Wife, a favourite piece with both professional and amateur theatre companies all over the world ever since its London première in 1983, is Kucom Theatre’s July 2014 production in the Lynette Denny Space, MECC in Mackay, Queensland.

Taxi driver John Smith (played by Neal O'Leary) gets away with having two wives - Barbara (Belinda Patroni) and Mary (Kelly Gregg) in different areas of London because of his irregular working schedule.

Tony Nominees Cabaret Style at Mosman

Ten, a cabaret style evening of entertainment featuring music from shows nominated for Broadway’s Tony Awards in the last ten years, plays at the Mosman Art Gallery for four performances only from June 21. Produced by Mosman Musical Society, Ten features numbers from hits such as Wicked, Legally Blonde & Spamalot, and relatively lesser known musicals in Australia including Book of Mormon, Grey Gardens, Catch Me If You Can, Kinky Boots and Xanadu.

Secret Garden Musical to Bloom in Beenleigh

Tony Award winning musical, The Secret Garden, is Beenleigh Theatre Group’s forthcoming production at Crete Street Theatre, Beenleigh from 27 June until 12 July, 2014, bringing the musical to the extended theatre audiences of Brisbane, Logan and Gold Coast.

Dream Role of Elle for Tanya

Tanya Boyle plays the lead role of Elle Woods in MoonGlow Productions’ Legally Blonde The Musical, playing at the WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong on July 4 and 5 2014.

Tanya shared her thoughts on this ‘dream role’ with Stage Whispers.

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