Community Theatre

New Zealand Musical Theatre Boom

Big community theatres in New Zealand are riding a wave of success and are spoiled for choice about what show to do next. David Spicer reports. 

The companies have the advantage of large theatre venues, with well-developed local audiences, and often own a building to rehearse and build sets in.

As well, they are offered musicals not available to community theatres in Australia, where professional companies hold the rights.

A national tour of Mamma Mia! commenced last month with its premiere in Auckland.

Mike Fletcher is Fagin at Frankston

PLOS Musical Productions welcomes popular performer Mike Fletcher back to the Frankston Arts Centre stage for their June 2014 season of Oliver! in the role of Fagin.

Mike’s previous roles with the company include Patsy, the noble King’s assistant in Monty Python’s Spamalot (pictured below) where his cameo as the gaol guard was recognized with a Victorian Musical Theatre Bruce Award.

The Female of the Species for Castle Hill

Castle Hill Players’ 2014 season continues from May 2 at the Pavilion Theatre with Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s comedy The Female of the Species.

Loves & Hours: Australian Premiere for Adelaide’s Galleon Theatre

If a man is newly divorced and an empty nester, what does he do with the rest of his life? That’s the dilemma facing Dan Tilney in Galleon Theatre Group’s Australian Premiere of Stephen Metcalfe’s gentle comedy Loves & Hours.

42nd Street: CLOC Celebrates 100 shows and 50 years

2014 will be a very special year for Melbourne’s CLOC Musical Theatre, as the company prepares to launch its 100th production in its 50th year. 

Urinetown: to pee, or not to pee

When Shakespeare penned the phrase "What's in a name?" four centuries ago he would scarcely have imagined a musical by the name of Urinetown by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman.

Whilst the title of the triple Tony Award winning Urinetown: the Musical may be a little 'off-putting', Dural Musical Society (NSW) is promising to deliver a night of good clean satirical fun from May 16th through 31st 2014.

MLOC’s Modern Millie Team

Behind the scenes of MLOC’s June production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, is an all-female powerhouse.

Director Lyn Laister started performing at age five in Brisbane, taught dancing and co-founded the Queensland Contemporary Dance Company, before moving south to Melbourne after 26 years’ performance and dance experience.

So Much To Tell You: On Stage

A well-known Australian young adult novel, inspired by a true story, takes to the Garrick Theatre stage in W.A. during May 2014.

Written by John Marsden and directed by Gail Lusted, So Much To Tell You focuses on the 14-year-old Marina who withdrew into silence after she received a facial disfigurement in an accident.

The play explores how family breakdowns can be emotionally destructive, as well as physical, and how emotional effects can be observed in many different ways. 

PLOS Welcomes Fintan as Oliver!

Fintan McCrave, 11 years of age is rehearsing for the title role in PLOS Musical Productions June season of Oliver!

Last year Fintan played the lead role in his school production of Aladdin at Blackburn Lakes and caught the performing bug. He is thrilled to have been successful in being offered the chance to take on another role; this time on a much bigger stage.

Little Voice, Big Stars

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Return season at New Theatre - May 15 - 24, 2014

Little Voice has a knack for impersonating famous divas, and Debbie Nielsen, who takes on the title role in Lane Cove Theatre Company’s production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, comes to the part with the advantage of already having played a Monroe-esque starlet and Judy Garland’s signature role.

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