Community Theatre

2017 Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards

Royal intrigue, the French Revolution and a Disney classic were the subjects that propelled companies and a school to take out the top prizes in the 2017 Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards.

The Outstanding Community Theatre Production award was shared between the Gold Coast Little Theatre’s production of Crown Matrimonial (based on Edward and Mrs Simpson) and Ipswich Musical Theatre Company’s production of Les Misérables.

The Wedding Singer Brings 1985 Alive On Stage

GET out those shoulder pads, big hair-dos and fluoro colours – a stage production of The Wedding Singer is set to transport you through time to the 1980s at Limelight Theatre (WA) during November and December 2017.

Based on the 1998 movie but with an original score, directors Jen Edwards and David Nelson are bringing the upbeat musical to life with more than 30 performers ready to deliver plenty of ’80s kitsch and retro clichés.

Tantrum Youth Arts’ Annual Short Play Festival ‘Hissyfest’ 

Tantrum Youth Arts’   will bring 33 local playwrights, actors and directors to the Civic Theatre Playhouse stage in a festival of new short plays from November 10th - 11th, 2017, with cake and celebrations on opening night to mark the festivals’ 5th year running. 

Operatic Double Bill for Rockdale

Rockdale will be filled with operatic voices of love and loss in a double bill this November. The Rockdale Opera Company will bring to life two one act operas in their final production of the year. 

Gaetano Donizetti's Il Campanello is a comedy about the most interrupted wedding night anyone could imagine, whilst Giacomo Puccini's Suor Angelica, is the tragic tale of a mother's love for the baby she was forced to give up. 

Cronulla Waits Until Dark 

Forty-seven years after Wait Until Dark premiered on Broadway, Jeffrey Hatcher adapted Frederick Knott's 1966 original, giving it a new setting. This version gave rise a year later to the movie starring Audrey Hepburn. In Arts Theatre Cronulla’s new production, it is Greenwich Village in the 1970s. Susan Hendrix is adjusting to a car accident that has resulted in her blindness, and is newly married to Sam, a photographer she met while recuperating.

Catch The Regals' Catch Me If You Can

“Was he history's greatest con artist or just a lonely youth looking for his place in the world? Set in the swinging 60's, this fast-paced, rollicking musical about Frank Abagnale Jr's true story has been translated from the classic hit movie of the same name into this variety-television style musical by the creatives of Hairspray and Saturday Night Live.” - Thus goes the publicity spiel for The Regals Musical Society’s latest offering, Catch Me If You Can which opens on Friday 13th October 2017.

16th Year of National One Act Play Competition

Playhouse Players Inc. have announced the season of the three finalist One Act Plays by playwrights

competing in the 16th year of the National Playwright Competition for One Act Plays.

Cranky Comics in Classic Neil Simon Comedy

TWO legendary – and cranky – comics are being brought together for a reunion and revival of their famous act at the Old Mill Theatre during October and November 2017.

Written by Neil Simon and directed by Dale James, Lalapalooza Productions is presenting The Sunshine Boys where a young theatrical agent tries to re-unite his elderly uncle, a former vaudevillian great, with his long-time stage partner for a TV reunion.

All That Chicago Jazz for Engadine

For over a decade musical societies all over the country have eagerly awaited Chicago’sreturn to the list of available shows. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the 2017 What’s On listings see Chicagorecurring almost as much as the newer hits, Wicked, Legally Blondeand The Little Mermaid. So what is it about this Kander and Ebb classic that makes it so popular?

Melbourne Has Something to SHOUT About!

SHOUT! The Legend of the Wild One 

Tough, pushy, passionate and desperate to be loved, Australia's own Johnny O'Keefe fought his way to the top in the 1950s to become the undisputed King, Australia's first international star of rock and roll.

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