Community Theatre

Next to Normal for Phoenix

Fresh off their successful season of The Wedding Singer, Phoenix Ensemble (Qld) will present the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next To Normal from April 22nd, 2016.

Psychological Thriller Death and the Maiden

Olivier Award-winning thriller Death and the Maiden plays at Melville Theatre in May 2016, looking at what happens when a former political prisoner confronts her alleged tormentor years later.

Written by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman and directed by Lars Jensen, Death and the Maiden is a psychological thriller set against the backdrop of an unspecified post-dictatorship country.

When a stranger calls one night, his voice triggers a memory in Paulina Salas – one she has long tried to suppress.

Blithe Spirit 75 Years On

Mousetrap Theatre at Redcliffe, Queensland has the unique experience of presenting Noël Coward’s most famous play Blithe Spirit exactly 75 years after the famous author first penned it.  While the production runs over 3 weeks from 29 April to 14 May, Coward took only 6 days from 3 - 9 May 1941 to write his masterpiece.  The play was his most successful, having held the record for the most performances for several decades, until it was surpassed by Agatha Christie’s equally famous Mousetrap (yet another link to this well-known local company).

Musical Theatre New Zealand Conference 2016

A record number of participants attended the 56th Musical Theatre New Zealand conference in Rotorua during March. David Spicer reports.

Guest speaker was the legendary creator of The Rocky Horror Show, Richard O’Brien, who can be seen in fine form explaining how much he hates Opera in a special episode of Stage Whispers TV from the conference.

Rotorua is best known internationally for its extraordinary belching lava pools, sulphuric pong and hot baths. It also has a long history in musical theatre.

Award Winning Songs Entertain at Strathfield

Strathfield Musical Society is presenting another of its successful Cabaret style productions titled ENCORE - The best of the Oscars and Tonys, over one weekend in May – 20th, 21st and 22nd.  The show features the great songs from Hollywood and Broadway's Oscar and Tony awards. 


“The Society has built a strong reputation for performing well-balanced productions featuring a mix of popular songs, entertaining solos and ensemble numbers with great harmony singing,” SMS member Brian Hughes said.

When Dad Married Fury at Guild Theatre

The love of money is the root of all evil in the Guild Theatre’s May 2016 production, David Williamson’s When Dad Married Fury and can make for a fast-paced topical comedy that explores greed, envy, family ties and unexpected generosity. None of us would behave so badly – or would we? This is our most up-to-date comedy yet with David Williamson at his best. A biting, social satire this production will make you laugh, bring a tear to your eye and definitely make you think.

The Game’s Afoot at Castle Hill

The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Paul Sztelma promises a night of thrills and laughter at The Pavilion Theatre, Caste Hill during April 2016.

It’s Christmas eve, 1936. After an attempt on his life, Broadway star William Gillette, famous for his leading role in the play “Sherlock Holmes”, has invited his fellow cast members and his mother to a weekend of revelry at his sumptuous art deco home.

Witches Defy Gravity as Wicked Lands in Melbourne

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Melbourne's CLOC Musical Theatre follows the success of their non-professional premiere production of Mary Poppins in 2015 with a second blockbuster Australian non-professional premiere in 2016. Yes, CLOC is thrillified to be presenting Wicked, a show so popular that it is still running on Broadway in its lucky thirteenth year.

Holiday Fun with Shrek at Roleystone

BEAUTY is in the eye of the ogre as Shrek Junior – The Musical comes to life at Roleystone Theatre during the April 2016 school holidays.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film and Broadway musical, everyone’s favourite ogre Shrek leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue Princess Fiona and find true acceptance.

Part-romance and part-twisted fairytale, Shrek Junior is an irreverent show with a powerful message for both kids and adults.

Opera in Cabaret at Rockdale

Rockdale Opera launch their 2016 Season with the Company presenting a fund-raising Cabaret on 2nd April 2016, entitled Rendezvous at Orlofsky’s Cabaret.

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