Community Theatre

The Wonder Behind Wicked

The eyes of community theatres around Australia were on CLOC Musical Theatre for its Australian Non-Professional Premiere of Wicked. The set and costumes will be used by ten companies all over the country, then exported to New Zealand. CLOC’s technical wizard Grant Alley, and Andrew Davis share their thoughts.

You’ll Die Laughing! At Rockdale

Elizabeth Coleman’s It’s My Party (And I’ll Die If I Want To) plays at Rockdale’s Guild Theatre in October / November 2016.

Ron Patterson believes he has 111 minutes to live, so he decides to invite the kids around for party pies, pavlova and a strict schedule of events. As he attempts to tie up the loose ends of his life, all the juicy neuroses of this very dysfunctional family come out of the closet, and his well-planned final party completely unravels.

Genesian Theatre Season 2016

Sydney’s longest operating central city community theatre company, the Genesian, has unveiled its 72nd season including two premiere productions for the city.

Theatre Director Roger Gimblett said the theatre was fortunate to obtain the rights to a new adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd.

Community Theatre Seasons 2016

Oz heads to Aus in 2016, with the release of non-professional rights to Wicked the biggest news for Community Theatre around Australia.

The international mega-hit, still playing to capacity houses on Broadway after more than a decade, will be produced across the country.

Months before it hits the National Theatre stage in St Kilda in May, we hear that CLOC’s World Amateur Premiere set is booked to travel widely.

Rockdale Celebrates Czech Opera’s Anniversary

Rockdale Opera Company is celebrating the 150thanniversary of Bedřich Smetana's classic Czech comic opera with four performances this November as part of their 2016 season. We sat down with the Opera Australia resident director Luise Napier to talk about her new adaptation of the Smetana classic.

Luise joined the Australian Opera Chorus in 1973, performing a number of principal roles before accepting the position of Resident Director in 1989. She is also the Associate Director for Rusalka (Opera North, UK).

A Little Princess in Perth

Playlovers (WA)  is presenting A Little Princess, a musical based on the classic Victorian-era novel: a young girl’s resilience and the power of her imagination change the world, at Stirling Theatre, Innaloo, from October 27 to November 4, 2016.  

Written by Tony-nominated composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Addams FamilyThe Wild Party) and award-winning book-writer and lyricist Brian Crawley (Violet), A Little Princess is the story of a little girl with a great big imagination.

Come to Bankstown’s Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved Victorian children’s novel The Secret Garden, reimagined as a musical by composer Lucy Simon and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Marsha Norman, is Bankstown Theatre Company’s October 2016 production.

Disney Classic Flies Onto Chatswood Stage

It’s one of the most spectacular musicals of all time, and from October 15, Sydney audience’s will once again get to witness the supercalifragilistic Disney classic musical Mary Poppins, when Willoughby Theatre Company’s production opens at The Concourse in Chatswood.

This production is directed and choreographed by Declan Moore, whose recent turns with the company (The Phantom of the Opera and Evita) led to sold out seasons.

CLOC Superstar to Rock St Kilda

More than 40 years since Jesus Christ Superstar first premiered in St Kilda, CLOC Musical Theatre will bring a completely new and re-imagined Superstar to the historic National Theatre, dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality.

A global phenomenon, Jesus Christ Superstaris a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas.

Introducing Young Dr Frankenstein

Lachlan O'Brien plays the titular role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein Miranda Musical Society’s production of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, playing at Sutherland Entertainment Centre from September 21 to 25.

Lachlan chatted with Stage Whispers.

What is Young Frankenstein?

Thematically? It is a raucous, zany, high camp, sexed up, jazzed up, hilarious fiesta of Mel Brooks humour. With traditional toe tapping songs and more one-liners than you can poke a shtick at.

What draws you to a role?

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