They will be swinging from the chandeliers in 2013 as The Phantom of the Opera dominates the community / amateur theatre circuit. The World Amateur Premiere season of the Lloyd Webber hit at Melbourne’s CLOC, and subsequent productions across Australia and New Zealand, promise amongst the biggest and most complex productions ever staged by community theatres. Elsewhere the Calendar Girls juggernaut rolls on, while old favourites are being revived, sprinkled in with plenty of local play and musical premieres.
Penrith Musical Comedy Company (NSW) presents Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision at the Q Theatre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre this May. Fresh of their sold out season of Hairspray last year the company wants their audience to come and laugh out loud at this take-off of Eurovision, ahead of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest mid-May.
In putting together a “One Night Only” production St George Theatre Company has managed to assemble a powerhouse of leading ladies for DIVAS LIVE on April 27 at the Civic Theatre, Hurstville Entertainment Centre.
The “dozen of divas” are some of Sydney Community Theatre’s most popular and recognised talents and between them all have performed across most of Sydney’s theatre companies.
Director / Diva Michelle Lansdown and Choreographer Craig Nhobbs explain how DIVAS LIVE came about.
Hotel Sorrento by Hannie Rayson is being performed on stage in the town of its inspiration and origin this April, for the first time since it was written and published in 1990. The story was based on the lives of three sisters who grew up in Sorrento, but the degree to which it adhered to the facts of their lives is mostly unknown.
It’s 1981 in London’s working class East End … and in the Turkish Room at the local Public Baths, six women gather to share laughter, tears and the drama of their lives in Steaming, Nell Dunn’s hit play staged this April by the Castle Hill Players (NSW).
WITH pineapple and cheese at the ready and Donna Summer on the stereo, Abigail’s Party is a 1970s English class comedy that’s been described as the “social get-together from hell”.
Directed by Karen Tropiano at Limelight Theatre (WA) from April 4, Mike Leigh’s play follows a simple premise: Beverly invites two new neighbours over for drinks with divorcee Sue, whose 15-year-old daughter Abigail is having a party next door.