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.
A BLACK comedy about gangsters in London’s East End during the 1960s comes to South Perth’s Old Mill Theatre in May – and it has more twists and turns than a pretzel.
Presented by Maverick Theatre Productions, A Picture of Betrayal is written and directed by Noel O’Neill and explores the day-to-day life of criminals going about their business of thieving, cheating and killing each other.
TONY Award-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is coming to the Armadale District Hall in May 2019.
Presented by Roleystone Theatre (WA) and directed by Stephen Carr, it follows a group of six mid-pubescents as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
While openly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their homes, they spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing and pout-inducing bell that signals a spelling mistake.
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.