Community Theatre

Little Mermaid to Make a Splash at Beenleigh

One for all the family, Phoenix Ensemble presents a little slice of Disney magic to the Pavilion Theatre at Beenleigh, SE QLD, with the musical, The Little Mermaid.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and, of course, the 1989 animated movie, The Little Mermaidtells the story of the strong willed mermaid, Ariel and her determination to be “where the people are”. Now the stage musical will play at the boutique Pavilion Theatre for a limited season.

Stagecraft Community Theatre Conference at NIDA

Jemma Rix will be the keynote speaker at the Association of Community Theatre’s tenth conference, to be held at NIDA on October 1 and 2, 2016.

ACT – an umbrella organisation for 150 community theatre companies - holds a conference every two years with seminars aimed at performers, directors and backstage theatre participants.

Jemma Rix – now a major star of the musical theatre stage - cut her teeth at Gosford Musical Society before working her way up to star as Elphaba in Wicked and more recently in Ghost.

Patience in Sydney's North

Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Sydney presents Patience: a timeless and hilarious musical satire on fame, fandom, art and pretension. With a healthy dose of romance!

And it all happens at Shore School in North Sydney from 30 Sept to 8 October, with preview performances in Narrabeen and Bundanoon (18 and 24 Sept respectively).

Patience may be a virtue, but in this comedy of lovesick fans, phony pop idols and macho men, Patience is also a milkmaid – a kind, straightforward country girl who is happy to call a spade a spade.

Much Ado in Perth

ONE of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies – first performed in 1598 – comes alive at Belmont’s Latvian Centre Theatre (WA) in August 2016.

Directed by Joanne Lamont for ARENAarts, Much Ado About Nothing is the story of Messina soldiers returning home from war victorious to reunite with their prospective brides.

Women Behind Bars in WA Premiere of Prison Musical

THE WA premiere of a musical following the lives of women in a British prison – and their relationships in a variety of traumatic circumstances – is Blak Yak Theatre’s July / August 2016 offering.

Directed by Lorna Mackie at the Chrissie Parrott Arts space, Bad Girls – The Musical is based on the UK TV series featuring female inmates in the fictional Her Majesty’s Prison Larkhall.

Run For Your Wife at Limelight

THE most successful comedy farce of all time comes to Limelight Theatre in Perth during July and August 2016.

Written by Ray Cooney and directed Susan Vincent, Run For Your Wife had a nine-year run in London’s West End after debuting in 1983.

The fast-paced comedy follows taxi driver John Smith, a man with two wives and two apartments, who juggles his life between the two homes on a tight schedule.

Guild Caught With Underpants Down.

Rockdale’s Guild Theatre stages The Underpants as its July / August 2016 production.

The Underpants is an adaptation of the 1910 German farce Die Hose by Carl Sternheim. It was written as a send-up of bourgeois snobbery and conformity along with issues of anti-Semitism, misogyny and bureaucracy. Sound intellectual? Think again as this drawers-dropping farce flies high with double-entendres, amorous conniving and a healthy dose of slapstick.

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.

Tribute To A Young Life Taken By Depression

For the first time ever, nine of Sydney’s community musical theatre companies are holding a massive combined concert on 26 August 2016 at 7:30 pm, at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre to raise funds for mental health charities ‘The Black Dog Institute’ and ‘beyond blue’.

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