Community Theatre

2018 CAT Awards

The Canberra Repertory Theatre and So Popera Productions from Wollongong were the big winners at the 2018 Canberra Area Theatre Awards.

Each won six CAT awards at the presentation night, held at the Australian National University’s Llewellyn Hall on February 23, 2019.

Judges travelled to 56 community theatres and schools to assess 86 productions from as far south as Eden to as far west as Dubbo.

A Bunch of Amateurs

The first production for Arts Theatre Cronulla for 2019 is A Bunch of Amateurs, a comedy by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman packed with comic dialogue and plenty of twists and turns.

Facing the loss of their community theatre, a local amateur dramatic group in the sleepy Suffolk village of Stratford St John decides that their only hope of ensuring vital sponsorship and attracting a large audience is to cast a celebrity in their final production, King Lear.

Wizard of Oz Leads Off Celebrations at Rockdale

Australia’s oldest musical society is taking a journey down the Yellow Brick Road in September 2019.

Rockdale Musical Society is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and kicking of a special season of festivities and shows with The Wizard Of Oz.

Bloody Murder at the Pavilion

‘We’re always at one of these little gatherings, aren’t we? And then someone  is always murdered, in some foul and despicable way. Every time. It completely ruins the party.’ 

And so begins Castle Hill Players 2019 season at the Pavilion Theatre with Bloody Murder by Ed Sala.

Post-war Family Conflict Sparks Comedy at Old Mill

A PLAY from a multi-award-winning actor, director, writer and stand-up comedian is on offer at the Old Mill Theatre (WA) in February 2019.

Written by Sue Ingleton and directed by Trevor Dhu, After You’ve Gone is a comedy set in 1946 in a large country town.

The town square is dedicated to dead hero Harold, followed by an evening supper and a gathering of World War II survivors.

£30 Million and Changing With Grace at Stirling

TWO strong ladies feature in two strong plays for the first season of 2019 at Stirling Theatre (WA).

Presented under the banner of “Grace and Willpower”, The Greening of Grace is about a woman who changes her politics after traumatic life events while Lady Willpower is a gentle comedy of bad manners, deceit and a battle of siblings over a £30 million estate.

Tim Winton Play Explores Love, Loss and Truth Behind Tragedy

A MOVING and sometimes confronting play from Tim Winton comes to Melville Theatre (WA) during February 2019.

Directed by Kayti Murphy, Shrine is set on WA’s south coast and explores the themes of love, grief and the way those who have passed endure through the memories of the living.

The play tells of a couple struggling to recover from the loss of their son Jack – a year later, all they have left is a scar on a tree next to a roadside shrine and an abundance of unanswered questions.

Boutique Festival Celebrates Gold Coast Talent

Nerang’s Javeenbah Theatre Company will present the world premiere performances of Age is Just a Numb3r and Strictly Amateur at the inaugural 2019 Platform Festival.

Penned respectively by Gold Coast playwrights Kellie Silver and Sherree Halliwell, the one-act comedies will showcase local talent at Javeenbah’s boutique festival from 1-16 February.

The Festival gives local performers a platform to showcase their gifts in a celebration of grassroots Gold Coast talent.

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.  

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.