Community Theatre

Sydney’s North Shore Turns Pink for Legally Blonde at The Concourse

A hit Hollywood film, a multi-award winning Broadway and West End musical and now it’s the turn of Chatswood in Sydney’s North Shore to get a dose of pink, as Legally Blonde – The Musical opens at the Concourse Theatre from October 16th.

Presented by Willoughby Theatre Company as part of their 2015 season, the well-loved story of Elle Woods is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film starring Reece Witherspoon.

House of Usher Chills and Thrills Castle Hill

Castle Hill Players’ production of Fall of the House of Usher promises a masterpiece of suspense and terror. This macabre story is set in the dilapidated and ancestral house of Roderick Usher. The play, adapted from Edgar Allan Poe’s Gothic short story, is set to have audiences have you holding their breath and gripping the seats with their fingernails.


The Return: Thriller for University of Adelaide Theatre Guild

From much ado, to the other side of the tracks, The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild shifts from Shakespeare to psychological thriller for the next production in its diverse 2015 season. Lesley Reed reports.

Reg Cribb is one of that rare breed of Australian actors who have also succeeded in playwriting. Among Cribb’s plays is Last Cab to Darwin, which is probably better known to the general public for the play’s current movie adaptation, starring Michael Caton and Jackie Weaver.

New Faces, New Arrivals, in CLOC’s Drowsy Chaperone

After breaking attendance records with its production of Mary Poppins earlier this year, CLOC Musical Theatre is producing the rarely performed musical gem The Drowsy Chaperone, a show which beat bigger and grander musicals to win five Tony awards in 2006, including Best Score and Best Book, and which then enjoyed a sell-out 2010 season by the Melbourne Theatre Company with an all-star cast led by Geoffrey Rush.

Popstars! The 90’s Musical at Holroyd

A brand new musical based on the hit songs from the 1990s have been adapted for the stage. Written by Aussies, Neil Gooding and Nicholas Christo, Popstars! The 90’s Musical will open on Thursday 24 September at the Redgum Centre in Wentworthville.

Set in a high school in the 1990s, a mega talent agent offers stardom to the winners of a battle of the bands competition. Ex couple, Shannon and Mark put their high school dramas aside for a boy band versus girl band showdown to become, Popstars.

Farcical Hitchcock in The 39 Steps

Take a Hitchcock masterpiece, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have latest Limelight Theatre (WA) production, The 39 Steps.

Adapted from the John Buchan novel by Patrick Barlow, The 39 Steps is best known from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film adaptation – Barlow turned the spy thriller into a comedy in 2005 with four actors playing a wide variety of roles.

An Olivier Award winner for Best New Comedy, it is the fifth longest-running play in West End history.

SA Premiere for Zigzag Street

Following their March season of the eighteenth century hit, The Beaux’ Stratagem, The Stirling Players are fast-forwarding to Brisbane, 1995, with the second production in their 2015 Year of Comedy, the SA Premiere of Philip Dean’s Zigzag Street. The two plays were written three centuries apart but when it comes to guys and love, what’s really changed? When they fall in love, they fall hard. And when things don’t go according to plan… well, their mates are always there to console them!

Venetian musical merriment… bet your bottom gondola

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney presents The Gondoliers during September and October 2015.

The timeless comic tale of love conquering just about every imaginable obstacle will play in North Sydney from September 25 – with two bonus preview shows in Bundanoon and Narrabeen too.

Love, Loss and What I Wore

A PLAY written by two women responsible for several Hollywood plays at Melville Theatre (WA) during September 2015.

Love, Loss and What I Wore is written by Nora and Delia Ephron – together they wrote the screenplay for You’ve Got Mail while Nora has received original screenplay Academy Award nominations for When Harry Met Sally, Silkwood and Sleepless in Seattle.

Forbidden Broadway on Gold Coast

Broadway’s favourite comical revue Forbidden Broadway hits the Javeenbah Theatre stage on September 4 – 19, spoofing popular show tunes, characters and plots of Broadway musicals.

Director Amy-Louise Anderson says no one is safe from Forbidden Broadway’s acid-tongued humour.

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