Community Theatre

Miranda Patron Geraldine Turner Directs Brel

Miranda Musical Society Patron and Musical Theatre star Geraldine Turner directs the company’s June production of 'Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Paris’ at Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from June 7 to 26, 2016.

The sardonic, wise and intensely emotive songs of influential Belgian composer and performer Jacques Brel still ring in the air, thanks to this show that introduced Brel to many American listeners in 1968, a decade before his untimely death at age 49.

Enchanted April at Pymble in May

For those longing for a life of wisteria and sunshine…..

Pymble Players production of Enchanted April by Matthew Barber opens on May 4, 2016 and runs until May 28. 

The play follows Lotty and Rose, who are feeling lost and unsettled in the shifting currents of post  WW1 London, as they decide to visit Italy without their husbands. They are indeed being very daring.

Next to Normal for Phoenix

Fresh off their successful season of The Wedding Singer, Phoenix Ensemble (Qld) will present the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next To Normal from April 22nd, 2016.

Psychological Thriller Death and the Maiden

Olivier Award-winning thriller Death and the Maiden plays at Melville Theatre in May 2016, looking at what happens when a former political prisoner confronts her alleged tormentor years later.

Written by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman and directed by Lars Jensen, Death and the Maiden is a psychological thriller set against the backdrop of an unspecified post-dictatorship country.

When a stranger calls one night, his voice triggers a memory in Paulina Salas – one she has long tried to suppress.

Blithe Spirit 75 Years On

Mousetrap Theatre at Redcliffe, Queensland has the unique experience of presenting Noël Coward’s most famous play Blithe Spirit exactly 75 years after the famous author first penned it.  While the production runs over 3 weeks from 29 April to 14 May, Coward took only 6 days from 3 - 9 May 1941 to write his masterpiece.  The play was his most successful, having held the record for the most performances for several decades, until it was surpassed by Agatha Christie’s equally famous Mousetrap (yet another link to this well-known local company).

Musical Theatre New Zealand Conference 2016

A record number of participants attended the 56th Musical Theatre New Zealand conference in Rotorua during March. David Spicer reports.

Guest speaker was the legendary creator of The Rocky Horror Show, Richard O’Brien, who can be seen in fine form explaining how much he hates Opera in a special episode of Stage Whispers TV from the conference.

Rotorua is best known internationally for its extraordinary belching lava pools, sulphuric pong and hot baths. It also has a long history in musical theatre.

Award Winning Songs Entertain at Strathfield

Strathfield Musical Society is presenting another of its successful Cabaret style productions titled ENCORE - The best of the Oscars and Tonys, over one weekend in May – 20th, 21st and 22nd.  The show features the great songs from Hollywood and Broadway's Oscar and Tony awards. 

“The Society has built a strong reputation for performing well-balanced productions featuring a mix of popular songs, entertaining solos and ensemble numbers with great harmony singing,” SMS member Brian Hughes said.

Avenue Q, Canterbury

Canterbury Theatre Guild (CTG) presents the Tony® Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q at Bexley RSL from May 20- 29, 2016.

Australian Premiere of Bittersweet Comedy Sex Cells

Adelaide’s Galleon Theatre Group presents the Australian Premiere of Sex Cells at the Domain Theatre, Marion during May 2016.

Anna Longaretti’s first play, described as a bittersweet comedy about motherhood, friendship, love and loss, premiered in 2013 at the Riverside Studios, London.

When Dad Married Fury at Guild Theatre

The love of money is the root of all evil in the Guild Theatre’s May 2016 production, David Williamson’s When Dad Married Fury and can make for a fast-paced topical comedy that explores greed, envy, family ties and unexpected generosity. None of us would behave so badly – or would we? This is our most up-to-date comedy yet with David Williamson at his best. A biting, social satire this production will make you laugh, bring a tear to your eye and definitely make you think.

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