Theatre companies in Sydney’s southern suburbs have honoured four of their finest servants.
Members of the Engadine Musical Society, Miranda Musical Society, Rockdale Musical Society and The Regals Musical Society have inducted Andrea Munn, Barbara Glance, James Worner and Laurel Gee into their Hall Of Fame.
The induction happened at the Spotlight Awards, held for the second time at a sparkling dinner/concert at Club Central Menai last Saturday night (July 13, 2013).
New Zealand’s Musical Theatre Consortium has announced that Mamma Mia! will be the next musical where community / amateur Musical Theatre companies across the country will combine resources to create the sets, costumes and other resources which will be used to mount a series of top notch productions over a two year period, beginning with Auckland Music Theatre’s premiere season in March 2014 at the magnificent Civic Theatre.
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.
Queensland Musical Theatre presents the milestone musical-drama West Side Story (book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) from November 6 - 10 at Schonell Theatre, University of Queensland.
Prolific Perth playwright Johnny Grim’s latest two plays, Schoolies and Thick and Thin, come to life at Belmont’s Latvian Centre in November, in a short play season that also includes Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Prima Donna, presented by ARENAarts and Grim’s own A lad in sane productions.
“Schoolies, which I’m also directing,is a fun play that pokes a stick at the sometimes changing values – depending on how the wind blows – of large institutions,” Grim said.
Set in different eras, from the 1950s to the 1990s, with songs from Patsy Cline, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Whitney Hoston and more, Songs Back to the Eras is written and directed by Michael Brealey, a 17 year old with a passion for musical theatre and storytelling. He has gained a diploma in musical theatre and is working towards to go to uni to study a Bachelor of creative arts majoring in Drama and Music.
Broadway musical hit Hairspray is Ashfield Musical Society’s next production, opening on November 1st 2013 at Concord RSL (NSW).
Set in the 1960s in Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad (Anita Margiotta), a girl with big hair and big heart, dreams of dancing on her favourite TV show. She lands herself a role, and the interest of teenage heartthrob, Link Larkin (Cameron Anderson), much to the ire of Link’s girlfriend Amber Von Tussle (Danielle Bellini).
Containing more twists than a corkscrew, Corpse! was first staged in 1984, in London’s West End. Welcomed by The Daily Mail as ‘a wild, high camp comedy thriller, a play where anything can happen –and most of it does’, it began its Broadway run at the Helen Hayes Theatre in 1986. Fast forward to 2013 and the Therry Dramatic Society’s November production at The Arts Theatre, Adelaide.
When Normanhurst Uniting Church Musical Society (NUCMS) presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Oklahoma! in October / November 2013, it will mark the end of an era with the retirement of the company’s stalwart Wardrobe coordinator.
Diana Moehead (pictured left in her element) retires after many years of incredible service. She has been involved with costume creation as far back as 1993, and has either led a small team of costumers or been the sole wardrobe provider for almost every NUCMS show since 1998.