Community Theatre

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.

Family Friendly Annie Entertains The Shire

Miranda Musical Society (NSW) promises family friendly entertainment with its production of evergreen Broadway classic Annie at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, with performances commencing on September 10.

The production will be directed by Bob Peet with assistance from Tim Wotherspoon, while musical direction featuring the new Broadway orchestrations will be Anthony Cutrupi. Choreography will be by Katie Kermond, who will be creating new steps for iconic dance numbers such as “Easy Street”, “Little Girls” and “Hard Knock Life”.

Little Mermaid for Engadine

Children in the past few years have been thrilled by The Little Mermaid movie, they have attended Little Mermaid birthday Parties, and gone to sleep clutching their Ariel Dolls. Now Engadine Musical Society is giving kids of all ages the opportunity to see the Disney Junior version of The Little Mermaid live on stage at the Sutherland School of Arts during August.

World Premiere for Mutts

IT will literally be a dog’s life for some in August 2014 as the World Premiere in W.A. of a new play gives an insight into the canine mind.

Written by Johnny Grim for ARENAarts at Belmont’s Latvian Centre Theatre, Mutts is a tale of nine mongrels who end up in the pound together.

They all share the same wish of being rescued before time runs out – but will they all be lucky?

Director Jane Sherwood was sent a copy of the script not long after Grim had finished writing it and immediately loved the piece.

Twelve Angry Men for Richmond

Iconic play Twelve Angry Men, adapted by Sherman L Sergelfrom the teleplay by Reginald Rose, is Playhouse Players’ August 2014 production at the Richmond Theatrette (Vic).

The play, concerning the deliberations of the jury in a homicide trial, explores many techniques of consensus-building, and the difficulties encountered in the process, among a group of men whose range of personalities adds intensity and conflict.

A Brush with Picasso's Women

A FASCINATING insight into the wives and lovers of Pablo Picasso will emerge from the canvas during August 2014 as eight women share stories about their lives with the great artist.

Written by Brian McAvera and presented by Blak Yak Theatre at Chrissie Parrott Arts (Maylands, WA), Picasso’s Women is a collection of eight honest, brutal, erotic and humorous monologues that pull no punches.

The 2000 play allows the women to give their point of view and uncover their buried histories while relating their lives to Picasso’s art.

BTC Attracts Broadway Talent for Drood

Bankstown Theatre Company has chosen the Tony Award winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood as its July / August production, a show that despite Broadway success is rarely seen here.

John Frost Speaks at Community Theatre Conference

Australia's leading producer of Musical Theatre John Frost will be the keynote speaker at the Association of Community Theatre’s ninth Stagecraft conference, to be held at NIDA in Sydney on Saturday September 20 and Sunday September 21.

Mr. Frost will reflect on his extraordinary career, which this year has seen him awarded an AM, and also become the 2014 JC Williamson recipient at the Helpmann Awards.He is also chairing a session on how to audition for a musical.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Lets Bankstown Audiences Decide

Bankstown Theatre Company is presenting The Mystery of Edwin Drood, amusical ‘whodunit’ which is loosely based on Charles Dickens' famous unfinished novel, in July 2014.  Drood takes audience participation to new heights by letting them directly affect the play's outcome by voting for whomever they think is the murderer.

Stage Whispers recently spoke with director Christopher Hamilton.

 

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