Community Theatre

Lane Cove’s Female of the Species

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”.

Daylight Saving at Rockdale

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?

Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Awards 2018

David Spicer reports.

MLOC Productions was awarded the “Bruce Award” for outstanding musical of 2018 by the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria. The company’s season of Spring Awakening picked up five awards including Best Director and Ensemble.

The annual awards ceremony was held at Bunjil Place, a newly built theatre that is home to the Windmill Theatre Company.  

Community Theatre Champions

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.

Community Theatre Seasons 2018

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.

Lane Cove Youth Talent in Seussical Jr

Lane Cove Theatre Company’s annual children’s production delves deep into the whimsical, magical world of Dr Seuss – and pulls a cat out of a hat during November 2018.

Seussical Jr is the award-winning hit Broadway show that brings many characters of the universally-loved children’s author into a fun, tuneful and toe-tapping musical about loyalty, friendship and the power of imagination.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Set / Props For Sale

Cowra Musical and Dramatic Societya collection of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang set and prop items for sale following the Society's recent production.

Most of the props, including the car, were built by Lithgow Musical Society for their 2016 production. They were subsequently used by the Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society in 2017. 

Due to limited storage space the Cowra M&D is eager to sell the items as quickly as possible. The company is asking $3500 for the job lot with the purchaser to arrange collection from Cowra. 

Seussical Jr at Mousetrap

The Mousetrap Theatre Company Inc. in Redcliffe, Queensland, will present Seussical Jr in November 2018.Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and everyone’s favourite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a musical by Tony Award winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Little Miss Sunshine Musical For Perth

ORIGINALLY an Oscar-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is now a stage musical – and it’s headed to Stirling Theatre (WA) in November 2018.

Written by William Finn and James Lapine and directed by Tyler Eldridge, the story follows an incredibly dysfunctional family as they cross the US in a clapped-out Kombi van so their youngest daughter can take part in a regional children’s beauty pageant.

“Let’s just say everything that could go wrong, does go wrong,” Eldrige said.

Calendar Girls Strike a Pose at Hunters Hill

Mark Twain’s famous adage “truth is stranger than fiction” has never been more evident than in Tim Firth’s play Calendar Girls. We all know the story of a group of ordinary members of a local Women’s Institute who achieve an extraordinary thing, which becomes a world-wide phenomenon.  The story was well chronicled in the 2003 movie and Tim Firth, the screen writer, set about writing a stage version to keep the story alive. Specifically, he wrote the play with community theatre groups in mind.

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