Community Theatre

Little Mermaid Swims into Rockdale

Rockdale Musical Society will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid with a book by Doug Wright, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. The show will run from September 7th through September16th, 2018 at Rockdale Town Hall.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a love story for the ages.

Rockdale Opera Company Turns 70

The red brick town hall, right underneath a flightpath of Sydney Airport, is home to the Rockdale Opera Company – proudly celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018.  Lynette Davis reflects on its history as a springboard for stars of the future and producer of quality affordable opera.

Cash On Delivery: British Farce for Perth

MISTAKEN identities, slamming doors and a con that spirals out of control are all taking place at Melville Theatre in September 2018. 

They’re all part of the fast-paced British comedy Cash On Delivery, written by Michael Cooney and directed by Georgina Kling.

The story follows a con artist who has duped welfare authorities for years by claiming benefits for the plethora of people he claims live at his address. 

The Ghosts of Ruddigore Haunt NSW Stages

Professional bridesmaids, a character who converses in biblical verse and a village called Rederring feature in Gilbert & Sullivan’s 10th collaboration, The Ghosts of Ruddigore.

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney are bringing this parody of Victorian melodrama to Thirroul on September 23, Bundanoon on September 29 and North Sydney on October 5, 6,7,12,13 and 14.

Musical Postcard From Nelson

David Spicer attended the 58th national conference of Musical Theatre New Zealand, where amateur theatre companies fight for the rights for the best shows to serve up to their highly developed audience.

On the far north of the South Island of New Zealand is the ridiculously beautiful town of Nelson. It has gorgeous beaches and is an hour away from spectacular national parks and skiing. In 2018 it was also the host for the national conference of Musical Theatre New Zealand.

Community Theatre Champions

They are the stars of the little stages, moving from one community theatre to another scoring the plum roles. David Spicer spoke to six of the most popular leading ladies and men in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

Nadia Gianinotti hobbled back to work after twisting her ankle in her final performance as Velma Kelly in Fab Nobs’ production of Chicago.

Community Theatre Seasons 2018

Blockbuster musicals, newly available for production, regularly dominate Community Theatre stages, and 2018 is no exception. Queen musical We Will Rock You, Shrek the Musical, based on the popular Dreamworks animated movie and the stage adaption of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom top the new entries into the repertoire.

Musical Christmas Comes Early at Sutherland

Shire Music Theatre presents the musical version of Miracle on 34th Street, based on the movie of the same name, at the Sutherland School Of Arts during October 2018. The musical, originally performed on Broadway as Here’s Love, features a book and score by Meredith Willson, best known for The Music Man.

Contemporary Romeo and Juliet at Limelight.

TWO star-crossed lovers come together despite constant opposition from their warring families in Limelight Theatre’s September / October 2018 production, described as “the greatest love story ever told”.

Directed by Peter Clark, Romeo and Juliet was first performed 424 years ago and is one of the most popular Shakespeare plays performed today – but it’s the first time Shakespeare has been performed at Limelight Theatre (WA) in its 45-year history.

Leap of Faith on Sydney's North Shore

North Shore Theatre Company (formerly Chatswood Musical Society) presents Broadway Musical Leap of Faith at The Independent Theatre, North Sydney from 5 to 14 October.

Leap of Faith features music composed by eight-time Oscar winner - responsible for all-time classics Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors and Disney's The Little Mermaid.

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