Community Theatre

Fresh Blood for Dracula at Adelaide Rep

When it was first published in 1897 Bram Stoker’s vampire novel, Dracula, took a while to gain popularity, even though it received high praise from critics. Victorian readers enjoyed it as a wonderful adventure story, but it didn’t reach its current legendary status until the 20th century, when it was adapted for film.

Geraldine Turner OAM: New Patron for Miranda Musical Society

Geraldine Turner OAM has become the new Patron of Miranda Musical Society.

Geraldine has performed in almost every aspect of the entertainment industry; an attribute which helped earn her an Order of Australia medal in the 1988 Bicentennial Honours list.

Holmes Spoof: More than Elementary

ARENAarts (WA) presents a mad comedy version of the Sherlock Holmes classic The Hound of the Baskervilles from March 21, with three women playing 15 roles.

Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, Simon James directs the production at the Latvian Centre in Belmont.

The play tells the story Sir Charles Baskerville’s murder and the intrigues that surround the arrival of the manor’s new lord, Sir Henry.

2013 CAT Awards

A playwright detective has received the top honour at The Canberra Area Theatre Awards, which honour community theatre companies and schools in the ACT and regional NSW. John P. Harvey reports.

 

Sydney Uni Students take to the stage for a Cole Porter Classic

Halfway through the Sitzprobe of Anything Goes, the Sydney University Musical Theatre Ensemble (MUSE) takes a break after a long and productive afternoon of singing, dancing and channelling the 1930s. Whether it be MUSE Stalwart Natasha Stanton mastering the songs of the evangelical gospel singer Reno Sweeney, or the lively chorus numbers such as Blow Gabriel Blow, the show is piecing itself together, in what promises to be an energetic and enjoyable production.

Anything Goes at Sydney Uni

Following the success of their 2013 season, The University of Sydney Musical Theatre Ensemble (MUSE) is excited to announce their 2014 major production, Cole Porter’s lively nautical classic Anything Goes at the Seymour Centre.

Directed by Gavin Brown, musically directed by Josh Davies with assistance from Conrad Hamill, choreographed by Georgina Spong and produced by Sophia Edmonds, the production will run from March 26 to 29 at the Everest Theatre.

Deathtrap Set to Thrill at Therry

Adelaide’s Therry Dramatic Society begins its 2014 season with a perennial favourite, Deathtrap by Ira Levin.

The play had its Broadway premiere at New York’s Music Box Theatre in February 1978, going on to secure the record for the longest running comedy thriller on Broadway.

The original Broadway cast consisted of John Wood, Marian Seldes, Victor Garber, Marian Winters and Richard Woods. Seldes, as Myra Bruhl, appeared in every one of the production’s nearly 1,800 Broadway performances, earning her a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

Pride and Prejudice Prequel for Newcastle

Mr Bennet’s Bride, a new play by Newcastle based playwright Emma Wood, has its premiere at Newcastle Theatre Company from March 8.

Original romcomedramedy for Sutherland

Sutherland Theatre Company presents Better Left Said, an original play by local writers Scott Brawley and Robert Stewart, as their first production for 2014.

In mid 2012 Scott and Robert set out to write a 1930’s style radio play in the hope that it would be staged at the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts. Some 20 months later, they find opening night approaching. A curious thing happened along the way, however, their radio play morphed into Better Left Said, a contemporary comedy/drama with a cast of four.

Musical Addams Family for Chatswood

The Stage Artz Theatre Company will present the NSW Amateur Premiere of The Addams Family – A New Musical at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood from April 4.