Community Theatre

Shakespeare Comedy with a 1950s Twist

Shakespeare's feast of humour and sexual politics, The Taming of the Shrew, is being reimagined in 1950s Italy when Phoenix Ensemble presents the classic comedy at Beenleigh’s Pavilion Theatre over four weekends in April and May 2015.

The Taming of the Shrew is a romp through the romantic entanglements of the Minola sisters: "shrewish" Katherina and her “sweet” younger sister Bianca.

Be careful what you wish for…. at Chatswood

An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch...who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale, Into the Woods, presented by Chatswood Musical Society 1-9 May.

Jake’s Women for Galleon Theatre Group

When directors and theatre companies look for plays with audience appeal the works of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Neil Simon invariably come into the mix. It’s therefore no surprise that Adelaide’s Galleon Theatre Group didn’t need much persuading by Director Warren McKenzie to stage Simon’s Jake’s Women as the company’s first 2015 show.

Known as Chapter 3 by some, Jake’s Women is a touching and funny story about letting go of yesterday and embracing the here and now.

Jolly Holiday as CLOC’s Mary Poppins Kids Go Fly a Kite

When CLOC Musical Theatre’s of Mary Poppins hits the stage at the National Theatre in St Kilda in May, amongst the cast of 38 for are seven talented, confident and very excited young performers, aged between 10-12, who were selected from 80 children who auditioned for a coveted role in this much anticipated production.

The Drowsy Chaperone for Shire

Following their successful season of The Addams Family late last in 2015, Shire Music Theatre (NSW) is presenting The Drowsy Chaperone: A Musical Comedy from April 17 – 26.

The completely original musical comedy with music and lyrics by Tony Award winners Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Tony Award winners Bob Martin and Don McKellar, takes audiences on a wonderful journey back to the golden era of musical theatre... all without leaving one man’s New York apartment.

White Family Steps in Time with CLOC's Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins has delighted, entertained and enchanted generations of readers, movie audiences and theatregoers “in the most delightful way” with its tale of the magical nanny with her umbrella and bag of tricks.

When Melbourne’s CLOC Musical Theatre presents the Broadway musical adaptation of this magical tale in May, the show will be a real family affairor the White family.  Not only are husband and wife team Lynette and Chris co-directing the show, but Lynette is also choreographing and Chris is designing and painting the set.

Musical Tribute to Gallipoli at Garrick Theatre

GARRICK Theatre is paying tribute to those involved in the Gallipoli campaign, as part of 2015’s 100-year commemoration in April.

Split in two halves, Garrick Salutes Gallipoli features old-time music hall entertainment and a melodrama written by well-known local Guildford resident Bernard Doyle.

Arranged, compiled and directed by Kerry Goode and Susan Vincent, the music hall features World War I songs such as Keep The Home Fires Burning, There’s A Long Long Trail A Winding and There’s Something About A Soldier.

Four-Fendered Family Friend Flies into Adelaide

Ian Fleming’s wonderful family tale Chitty Chitty Bang Bang couldn’t be further removed from his famous James Bond series, except perhaps for the fact that very imaginative and fantastically equipped motor vehicles feature in each. Now the stage musical version of the classic story about the Potts family and a flying car is about to touch down in Adelaide for an April school holiday season, courtesy of Pelican Productions.

4000 Miles at Castle Hill

4000 Miles spotlights the relationship between Leo and his grandmother Vera, as it bumps and veers over the span of one month.

Castle Hill Theatre’s production of the play, written by Amy Herzog and based on her own feisty grandmother, directed by Jewell Johnson, opens at the Pavilion Theatre, Castle Hill, NSW on April 10, 2015.

Spelling Bee at Brisbane Arts Theatre

Put six young people in the throes of puberty along with six adults who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, all vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime, and you have the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the most improbable of heroes

Director Katherine Alpert said the cast, made up of 10 talented locals, was ready for opening night - Saturday March 21 - which will mark The 25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee’s debut at the 78 year-old theatre.

To keep up with the latest news and reviews at Stage Whispers, click here to like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.