Community Theatre

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!

DramaFest and Finley Awards 2019

The Koorliny Arts Centre was the big winner of the 45th annual Robert Finley Awards held at Perth’s State Theatre Centre on January 18, taking out six categories including Best Musical for The Boy From Oz (pictured left).

The awards are run by the Independent Theatre Association, with judges travelling around  Western Australia to adjudicate on community independent and school theatre.

Two of the adjudicators Kent Acott and Lyn Hutcheon were honoured with life membership.

Behind-the-scenes Look at Performer’s Farewell

STIRLING Theatre (WA) is starting its 50th year in 2020 with a farewell performance, as seen in the play The Actress, with a famous stage performer deciding to retire.

Written by Peter Quilter and directed by Carryn McLean, the touching comedy is set in a dressing room with the family of Lydia Martin – including her ex-husband, theatre colleagues and fiancé – wanting to wish her well.


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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