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.
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.
Wollongong theatre company MoonGlow Productions is returning to the stage in 2019 after a four-year hiatus with Broadway favourite musical 42nd Street.
The show, which plays at Shellharbour’s Roo Theatre ofrom May 31 to June 9, is another family affair for the popular theatre company, boasting a cast of siblings, partners and parents and their children.!
Director Wendy Glover, who shares production duties with her husband Michael and daughter Bec, said it was a thrill to return to the Illawarra theatre scene.!
The Hills Musical Theatre Inc will present the most loved Disney classic The Little Mermaid, opening the last weekend of May 2019.
For the first time in Sydney’s Hills District, Ariel the mermaid and other favourite characters from The Little Mermaid come to life live on stage, with colourful costumes and popular music including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World" in the Hills Musical Theatre Company’s production.
The next production at The Guild Theatre is Managing Carmen, Australian playwright David Williamson’s 2012 comedy.
Brent (played by Russell Godwin) is a young, handsome AFL star. Brent’s ruthless manager Rohan (David Hines) is loud-mouthed, abrasive and loves all the money that Brent is making him. Rohan is being offered hundreds of thousands of dollars for advertisements with Brent’s endorsement but he cannot put Brent in front of the cameras; Brent is a completely wooden actor and cannot learn to loosen up.
Get to know the Boys of the Barricade in Manly Musical Society’s 10th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables, from 19 April until 28 April, 2019.
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables details the trials of France’s lower class and exemplifying the triumph of human spirit. Its uplifting message of hope, its grand epic tale and glorious music has made it the longest running musical of all time.
Lane Cove Theatre Company on Sydney’s North Shore presents Bare – the Musicalin May 2019. The contemporary cult classic ‘coming of age’ pop opera is set at a Catholic boarding school in the early 2000s.
Contemporary LGBT pop-rock musical Bare follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity and the future.
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.