Community Theatre

From Gaston to Beast for Scott at Packemin

When Packemin Productions bring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the stage at Riverside Theatres Parramatta in July, another of the large scale pro-am musical productions for which they have built such a name, Scott Irwin makes the rather unusual transformation from Gaston, the role which he played in the professional production here in Sydney, to the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast is a show that holds very dear memories for Scott.

The Drowsy Chaperone Heads for The Hills

‘Roaring Twenties’ style show tunes, Vaudevillian characters and wry, observational humour will combine this June to create a delightfully funny musical theatre piece in Hills Musical Theatre Company’s The Drowsy Chaperone, bursting on stage at Castle Hill RSL.

Hills MTC, a refreshed Hills Musical Society, will present this show within a show on June 12th – 15th, 2014, replete with big musical numbers, show-stopping leading ladies, tap dancing leading men and, at its heart, a theatre fan with an anxious, sardonic sense of humour.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Drama August: Osage County for Adelaide

In 2007 The New York Times described Tracy Letts’ darkly comedic new play about the strong-willed women of the Weston family as ‘…probably the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years’. The praise for August: Osage County bore fruit, when in 2008 it was awarded many gongs, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Thoroughly Modern Millie at MLOC

MLOC’s Thoroughly Modern Millie rehearsals are buzzing with excitement as the June 13, 2014 opening night at Phoenix Theatre, Elwood (Vic) draws near.

Based on the popular movie, this stage version of Thoroughly Modern Millie includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers, with book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan and new music and lyrics by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan.

Cabaret Showcase Winner Stars in Brisbane Company

You may not know the name yet, but Brisbane singer/songwriter Bradley McCaw is certainly one to keep an eye on.  With an impressive resume behind him, McCaw is set to lead a cast of local performers in Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical, COMPANY in June.

Javeenbah Theatre Cuts Loose with Footloose!

It’s been 30 years since Kevin Bacon starred in the hit teen dancing flick Footloose. To celebrate the anniversary, Javeenbah Theatre (Gold Coast, Queensland) will stage the stage musical version this May.

The Oscar and Tony-nominated musical is the theatre company’s first musical for 2014 and is directed by Amy-Louise Anderson and Jocelyn Moore-Carter with choreography by Kym Reynolds and Clay English.

Gold Coast Theatre Alliance Talent Search

In planning for the future of theatre on the Gold Coast, the Theatre Alliance will precede their 2015 Season Launch with a Talent Search at the Helensvale Community Centre on the 1st and 2nd November 2014.

The adjudicators are Industry Professionals Deborah Leigh-Russell, Claudine and James Anderson and Stage Whispers is pleased to be sponsoring one of the sections.

CLOC Celebrates 100 Shows with a Family Affair, Some Familiar Faces and a Lullaby of Broadway

2014 will be a very special year for Melbourne’s Award Winning CLOC Musical Theatre, as the company prepares to launch its 100thproduction in its 50thyear. 

Manly Celebrates Milestone with Jesus Christ Superstar

Manly Musical Society, in its 5th year as a community theatre group on the Northern Beaches in 2014, is celebrating the milestone with the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Nunsense II: Back in Habit at Limelight

The funny nuns from Nunsense are back on stage at Limelight Theatre (WA) in June 2014 in the sequel to their first musical comedy.

Written by Dan Goggin, Nunsense II: The Second Coming takes place six weeks after the sisters have staged their first benefit concert.

Bitten by the theatre bug, the nuns, now slicker performers, present a thank you show for people who have supported them.