Community Theatre

Come to Bankstown’s Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved Victorian children’s novel The Secret Garden, reimagined as a musical by composer Lucy Simon and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Marsha Norman, is Bankstown Theatre Company’s October 2016 production.

Disney Classic Flies Onto Chatswood Stage

It’s one of the most spectacular musicals of all time, and from October 15, Sydney audience’s will once again get to witness the supercalifragilistic Disney classic musical Mary Poppins, when Willoughby Theatre Company’s production opens at The Concourse in Chatswood.

This production is directed and choreographed by Declan Moore, whose recent turns with the company (The Phantom of the Opera and Evita) led to sold out seasons.

CLOC Superstar to Rock St Kilda

More than 40 years since Jesus Christ Superstar first premiered in St Kilda, CLOC Musical Theatre will bring a completely new and re-imagined Superstar to the historic National Theatre, dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality.

A global phenomenon, Jesus Christ Superstaris a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas.

The Wonder Behind Wicked

The eyes of community theatres around Australia were on CLOC Musical Theatre for its Australian Non-Professional Premiere of Wicked. The set and costumes will be used by ten companies all over the country, then exported to New Zealand. CLOC’s technical wizard Grant Alley, and Andrew Davis share their thoughts.

Introducing Young Dr Frankenstein

Lachlan O'Brien plays the titular role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein Miranda Musical Society’s production of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, playing at Sutherland Entertainment Centre from September 21 to 25.

Lachlan chatted with Stage Whispers.

What is Young Frankenstein?

Thematically? It is a raucous, zany, high camp, sexed up, jazzed up, hilarious fiesta of Mel Brooks humour. With traditional toe tapping songs and more one-liners than you can poke a shtick at.

What draws you to a role?

Boeing Boeing Flies in to Castle Hill

They say if you remember the 60s you weren’t there! Castle Hill Players’ next production, Boeing Boeing, promises to deliver a night of laughs and entertainment as this French farce, set in 1960s Paris hits the Pavilion Theatre stage from Friday 23 September until Saturday 15 October. 

Dramatic History Launched

On Friday 9 September, Canberra Repertory launched a thorough reference work and memory jogger written by seasoned REP member Jonathan Pearson: the book What’s a Show?  The Chronicles of Canberra Repertory Society Shows 1932–2015.

Honour at Old Mill Theatre

WHEN is love real and does it really last? That’s the core theme of Honour, the October 2016 production at the Old Mill Theatre (WA).

Written by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Dale James, Honour follows a couple’s exhausting and confronting – yet also tender and poignant – journey through life and love.

George and Honor have been married for 32 years with a perfect understanding of each other.

Pippin Has Magic To Do At Victor Harbor

He’s in demand among Adelaide community theatre companies, but one of Adelaide’s most notable young actors is donning a Director’s hat for the time being, to help the South Coast Choral and Arts Society produce the Tony Award-winning classic, Pippin the Musical. Lesley Reed reports.

Savoyards Present Nice Work Premiere

Savoyards Musical Theatre Company Brisbane is producing the Queensland premiere of the Broadway musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, inspired by material of Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse and full of songs by George and Ira Gershwin. at the Iona Performing Arts Centre, Queensland, 24 September – 8 October, 2016.