Community Theatre

The Rain in Spain in Bankstown

Bankstown Theatre Company brings one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, the Lerner and Loewe classic My Fair Lady, to the Bryan Brown Theatre in July 2019.

We recently sat down with the creative team (Director Dennis Clements, Musical Director Ian Buchanan and Choreographer Madison Larsen) for a chat about their visions for this production.

What drew you to this Musical?

E. M. Forster Novel On Stage at Guild

Where Angels Fear To Tread, an adaptation (by Elizabeth Hart) of E. M. Forster’s famous novel, plays at The Guild Theatre in Rockdale (NSW) during August 2019.

Pratchett’s Truth Is Out In Perth

TERRY Pratchett fans rejoice – The Truth is out there – in Perth.

Adapted by Stephen Briggs from the popular Discworld novel, the stage production is coming to the Roxy Lane Theatre in July, presented by ARENAarts and directed by Ron Arthurs.

In The Truth, William de Worde becomes accidental editor of the Discworld's first newspaper with the help of two dwarves.

With plots afoot, possible murder, dog-napping, love in the air – and a potato – the truth will make you fret, rather than set you free.

Oliver! Wants Some More in WA

CONSIDER yourself at home with the award-winning musical Oliver! at the Koorliny Arts Centre in July 2019.

Presented by Laughing Horse Productions and directed by Adam Salathiel, the show is based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist and follows the adventures of a young orphan in 19th century England.

The title character encounters numerous setbacks in his quest to find security and happiness, after being sold from an orphanage to a cruel undertaker and then falling in with a gang of young pickpockets. 

Grease is Still the Word in WA

TAKE a trip back in time to Rydell High and get ready for some summer loving and greased lightning this July.

The Art in Motion Theatre Company is presenting the ever-popular musical Grease at the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, in Thornlie WA, directed by Lys Tickner.

Set in 1959, Grease follows the senior year of 10 teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values and love. 

Simon Comedy Biloxi Blues for Castle Hill

Castle Hill Players’ July / August 2019 production promises “Laughter, Love … & Latrines” in a great comedy - from the pen of America’s greatest comic writer.

Biloxi Bluesby Neil Simon plays at the Pavilion Theatre from the 26th July until the 17th August – and promises to make you laugh… and maybe even cry!

The Mikado Returns to Rockdale

After an absence of 12 years, Gilbert and Sullivan's much-loved operetta The Mikado will return to the Rockdale Town Hall stage in an all new production directed by Elizabeth Lowrencev.

Les Mis Set to Storm Barricade in Ararat

In 2019 Ararat Musical Comedy Society in Victoria will stage the biggest and most ambitious production in its 46 year history, Les Misérables.

Les Misérables has attracted a cast of 60 from across the region including Ballarat, Stawell and Ararat.

The production is being led by director Pam Wright, who returns to AMCS after previously directing shows including Dusty the Original Pop Diva.

Musical Director is Stephen East and Vocal Director Leanne McCready.

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.

Community Theatre Seasons 2019

Every year it seems that the hot new show on community theatre stages across Australia is the latest Broadway or West End blockbuster released for amateur performance.

While 2019 is set to be no exception, with Kinky Boots strutting its stuff around the country, allowing performers to give expression to their inner drag queens, Australian musical Ladies in Black is giving the imported blockbuster a run its their money.

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