Community Theatre

Woman in Black Promises Terror at Two Central Coast Theatres

“The most terrifying live theatre experience in the world…”

“My wife hated the line – believing we’d scare more people away from the theatre than bring them in,” laughed producer/director David Wicks of the Central Coast’s run of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black in August/September this year.

“Now, really… how could anybody refuse that challenge?” said Wicks.

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.

Thriller Death Knell for Hunters Hill

Hunters Hill Theatre (HHT) continue their 2018 season with Death Knell, a thriller set in the bitterly cold winter of the Scottish Highlands. 

Exhibit Celebrates Rockdale Opera's 70th Anniversary

As part of the celebrations for Rockdale Opera's 70th Anniversary, there’s a special exhibition at Mascot Library and George Hanna Memorial Museum, 2 Hatfield Street Mascot, from 9 June till 7 July, 2018.

 

Exhibits include costumes, props, memorabilia, posters and heaps and heaps of photos, also an interactive table. www.rockdaleopera.com.au

 

Image: Rendezvous at Orlofsky's Cabaret 2015 - Jermaine Chau.

Fame at Koorliny in June

IF YOU remember the name Fame, head to the Koorliny Arts Centre (WA) in June 2018 as the popular musical hits the stage with its combination of singing and dancing.

Presented by Laughing Horse Productions and directed by Cat Rippon, Fame – The Musical follows the highs and lows of students at New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts.

Song and Dance Snoopy at Miranda

Snoopy: The Musical is a musical comedy by Larry and Hal Hackady, with a book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw, and Michael Grace. The characters are from the Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts. This sequel to the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown focuses more on the life of Snoopy. 

Christmas Comes Early at Hunters Hill

Hunters Hill Theatre (HHT) are continuing their 2018 season with an Alan Ayckbourn classic, Seasons Greetings.

 It’s Christmas-time and married couple Neville (John Cross) and Belinda (Claudia Bedford) have invited amixed bag of friends and family to stay with them over the holiday. What could possibly go wrong?

Premiere Re-opens Arts Theatre Cronulla

The Arts Theatre at Cronulla re-opens after extensive renovations that modernise the facilities and showcase the historic bones of its heritage building. The first play for 2018 is a Southern Hemisphere premiere performance of a brand new play by Robin Hawdon, Coup de Grace, whichhas only been performed once before, in Germany.

Benefactors on Stage at Pymble

Pymble Players present Benefactors by award winning playwright Michael Frayn from May 2 – 26, 2018.  

This gritty, compelling drama explores the impact of political and psychological change on flawed relationships. Written as a memory play, Benefactors looks back on two married couples in 1960s London and unsentimentally reveals how the long-term friendship between these two right-thinking couples slowly unravels when challenged by the social and political upheavals of that time.