Community Theatre

Don’t Dress for Dinner at Cronulla

An evening of hilarious theatre is promised by the director of Arts Theatre Cronulla’s first play for 2020, Don’t Dress for Dinner. Originally staged in Paris where it ran for two years, the English version of this infidelity comedy adapted by Robin Hawdon ran in London for six years, opened on Broadway in 2012 and has since played in theatres all over America and the English-speaking world

Singin’ In The Rain at Rockdale

Rockdale Musical Society brings Singin’ In The Rain to the Rockdale Town Hall in March 2020

Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, the stage production of Singin’ In The Rain promises high-energy choreography, a superb score and a joyous story,.

Spine Chilling Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Castle Hill

Castle Hill Players begin their 2020 season with The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, playing from January 31 to February 22. You may know the story but you’ve never experienced it like this! Noah Smith’s intimate adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic blends drama and horror to create a unique, spine-chilling night of theatre.

The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Shakespeare may be turning in his grave, but this show (which has become a cult classic) contains all 37 of his plays – plus his sonnets - in just 97 minutes!

Described by the Los Angeles Herald as “Shakespeare written by Reader's Digest, acted by Monty Python and performed at the speed of the minute waltz”, thisbinge of Bard - coming to Sydney’s North Shore courtesy of Lane Cove Theatre Company - is part parody, part tribute, part party trick!

Community Theatre Seasons 2020

Jukebox is set to provide the soundtrack for Community Musical Theatre in 2020.

ABBA looks set to be ‘Top of the Pops’, with Mamma Mia! the most popular musical on the circuit, following several successful productions in 2019.

But there’s plenty of competition from newly released biographical jukebox musicals about big name popular music stars, and a well-loved Aussie road trip show.


Draculas Cabaret restaurant was the new venue to host the Gold Palm Theatre Awards formerly Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards) on Monday 2 December 2019.

It was the 11th presentation night of the award which covers not only the Gold Coast community theatre but also those in Ipswich, Toowoomba and Morton Bay. Hosted for the sixth time by musical theatre star Ian Stenlake it was night of celebration with musical acts drawn form the nominees. 

Image: (L-R) Tony Sheldon (Guest of Honour), Kate Peters (Convenor), Ian Stenlake (Compere).


2019 Finley Awards

The 2019 Finley Awards will be held at The Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA on January 18, 2020.

This year there are even more awards up for grabs because the DramaFest Awards will now be presented on the Finley Awards Night.

A Chorus of Approval

Who doesn't want to be a star? Stage Whispers spoke to Gillian Peterson, Di O'Ferrall, Christine Heard and Tim Foley - four loyal members of community theatre ensembles who are thrilled to bits to be part of the chorus.

Gillian Peterson

Queensland Music Theatre

Retired Ballet Dancer

“I just love the whole excitement of being on stage. I can’t imagine life without it.

New Zealand Musical Theatre Boom

Musical Theatre in New Zealand is experiencing a ‘golden era’, with record attendances, profile and audition interest. The growth is not in professional theatre, but community theatres which ship professionally built sets and costumes around the country.

The musical theatre scene in New Zealand is a unique one, with the combined factors of a strong economy and some beautiful regional theatres, but a relatively small and geographically spread population.

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