Community Theatre

Packemin's Pro-Am West Side Story at Parramatta

Following the success of their sell-out production of Mary Poppins, Riverside Theatres and Packemin Production’s will present another huge Pro-Am production, this time the Broadway classic West Side Story at Riverside Theatres in February 2016.

This iconic musical tells the timeless story of two star-crossed lovers caught in a turf war of rival ethnic gangs.

World Premiere Comedy Sequel for Old Mill

FOLLOWING success of the comedy It’s All Greek To Me at Perth’s Old Mill Theatre in 2014, Perth playwright Noel O’Neill has penned a sequel for even greater hilarity-matched-with-disaster, which premieres in February 2015

The Planks, a Greek-English family living in ’60s London, return in It’s All Greek To Me Too! with family patriarch Nicky finding himself in all sorts of bother.

The Wedding Singer Musical for Phoenix Ensemble

If you loved the film version of The Wedding Singer, the stage musical version builds on the original, with more singing, more glitter and more 80s references.

Phoenix Ensemble presents the Broadway musical version at their boutique Pavilion Theatre in Beenleigh, Queensland, every Friday and Saturday night from February 5 to 27, 2016.

You’ll Exit Laughing at Rockdale

The Guild Theatre launches its 2016 season with a riotous comedy that unites both the old and the new. Veterans of the group work together with aspiring young actors in this fun play, to provide an evening of laughs and a little sentiment.

Exit Laughing by Paul Elliott is a comedy about starting afresh and living life to the fullest.

Writer’s Block: Javeenbah Theatre Premieres Local Play

Opening Javeenbah Theatre’s 2016 season is the world premiere of Writer’s Block, a quirky tale of frustration and hallucination from local Gold Coast writer and director, Kellie Eatock.

Hitting the Javeenbah stage from the 29th of January – 13th February, is the first full production of Writer’s Block.

Keeping Opera Alive in the Suburbs

Opera is a very expensive art form, if it is to be done properly.

Most operas require authentic and often elaborate period costumes, which don’t come cheaply. They also have very specific orchestra requirements, such as harpsichord for a Mozart opera. Lastly, the sets need to reflect the era and can be difficult to acquire and probably one of the biggest expenses in an opera budget.

Mystery Thriller Keeps ’em Guessing at Melville

MURDER, diamonds, bluffs and double-bluffs – all the ingredients for Inside Job, at Melville Theatre (WA) in February 2016.

Written by Brian Clemens OBE and directed by Joan Scafe, the play is set in Spain where a professional safe-cracker enjoys a hedonistic life until the stunning Suzy sweeps into his world for a secret rendezvous.

But what starts out as an assignation rapidly spirals into an intrigue of diamonds, plots, counter-plots and an intricate web of deceit and deception.

Angel of Death Musical to Premiere in Adelaide

What do you get when you combine the creative talent and amazing imagination of Adelaide’s Matthew Briggs and Josh Heaysman? You get a musical that almost defies description and is a must-see, that’s what. Lesley Reed reports on the World Premiere of The Angel of Death.

The hooded and scythe-wielding herald of death known as the Grim Reaper is a mythical figure known to us all. The dark entity has surely never been depicted quite as Matthew Briggs and Josh Heaysman imagine him though, one with beginnings intertwined with Elizabeth 1 and the Spanish Armada!

Packemin Youth Takes Chatswood Back to the 80’s

Following the success of their inaugural sell-out production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Packemin Youth Productions returns in 2016 with the musical Back to the 80’s, featuring over 60 talented young Sydney performers and special guest star Mark Simpson(Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show) as Mr Cocker.

2015 Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards

The Gold Coast celebrated their Night of Nights with a glitzy presentation of their Theatre Awards, The Palmies, at Arts Centre, Gold Coast, on Tuesday December 15.

Roger McKenzie reports.

The Top Accolade –The Platinum Palm for outstanding service to the Theatrical Community was presented to Jock and Beverly McIlwain. These two “angels” have been strong advocates and supporters of the Arts on the Gold Coast for many years. We are indeed fortunate to have Jock and Beverley in our Theatre Family. The Awards were hosted by TV personality Val Lehman.