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.
Lane Cove Theatre Company opens its 2019 season with the comedy The Female of the Species, by Melbourne writer Joanna Murray-Smith. The 2019 season is shaping to be the theatre company’s most ambitious yet! With four mainstage productions – including its annual children’s show – Lane Cove will also present a new Aussie musical, the debut staged reading of a new Australian play… AND its first ever short play festival “In a Nutshell”.
Enter the beautiful Pittwater home of Tom and Felicity on the night Daylight Saving ends - 1989. They seem to have it all. She, a successful Sydney restaurant and he the jet setting life that goes with mentoring an international tennis star. However Tom’s next departure sees the sudden visit of Felicity’s old boyfriend and infidelity is on the cards. Romantic plans go hilariously haywire when a string of unexpected visitors drop by … but will that old flame still be rekindled?
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.
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 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.
STEELE Rudd’s classic Dad and Dave short stories are coming to the Roxy Lane Theatre during March 2019 in the stage production On Our Selection.
Presented by ARENAarts and directed by Peter Nettleton, the play was originally published in 1912 and has been described as Australia’s only successful folk comedy, performed hundreds of times in numerous countries.
“It’s told from the viewpoint of the original Aussie battlers – a family of pioneer subsistence farmers, their friends and acquaintances,” Nettleton said.
Miranda Musical Society presents a new production of the world’s first rock ever musical, Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in March 2019 at Sutherland Entertainment Centre.
A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless musical set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known series of events which are seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.
A CONTEMPORARY adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is sure to resonate with modern audiences, in light of today’s far-right extremist groups and recent anti-Semitic attacks in this production in March 2019
Presented by the Graduate Dramatic Society at UWA’s New Fortune Theatre, this version is set in 1938 and directed by Lucy Eyre.
The story follows Portia, heiress to a large fortune and forced into marriage by an unorthodox method, stipulated by her late father.