Community Theatre

CLOC Starts Second Half Century

The Cheltenham Light Opera Company was founded in 1964 with a production of The Pirates of Penzance in a local church hall.  In 2014, fifty years later, and now known as CLOC Musical Theatre, the company staged two musicals with a combined budget of $600,000.

Little Women for Villanova

Life goes on for Little Women, even in the American Civil War.

Villanova Players (Qld) present Little Women, adapted by Scott Davidson from the novel by Louisa May Alcott, from March 5 – 22, 2015 at their temporary home at Mount Gravatt TAFE.

Little Women tells the story of the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, and is loosely based on the author and her own three sisters.

Best Little Whorehouse in Beenleigh

Tony and NY Drama Desk award winning musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is headed for the Crete Street Theatre from February 27, 2015. Beenleigh Theatre Group are staging this toe tapping musical that pokes fun at small town vice and big state political side-stepping whilst telling the story of Miss Mona Stangley and her “Chicken Ranch”, the most famous “pleasure places” in all of Texas.

Saturday Night Fever the Musical World Community Theatre Premiere

Dust off your hip-hugging flares, your platform shoes and warm up your disco dance moves. Redcliffe Musical Theatre (Queensland) brings the music of the Bee Gees back to their childhood stomping ground with the World Community Theatre Premiere of the musical Saturday Night Fever at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre from March 19th 2015.

Rockdale Goes Back Into The Woods

Rockdale Musical Society’s current production, Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, will be presented at Rockdale Town Hall from Friday February 27 through to March 8, 2015, revisitig the Sondheim classic for the first time since ther amateur premiere production in 1994I wish... more than anything...

MUSE Night Music for Seymour Centre

With a cast smaller than many before, MUSE (Sydney University Musical Theatre Ensemble) will be staging it’s next main stage show, Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, in March 2015 at the Seymour Centre. Jordan Shea reports.

The MUSE production of A Little Night Music, directed by Alexander Andrews, musically directed by Conrad Hamill and produced by Rose McClelland, differs greatly from previous shows staged by the society, with many intimate moments, themes and multi-layered characters.

CAT Awards 2014 Winners

The Canberra Area Theatre Awards celebrated their 20th anniversary at a glittering ceremony in Canberra Saturday night (February 21, 2015 ).

Dad and Daisy

When Miranda Musical Society presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel at Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Daisy Cousens will take on the plum role of Carrie Pipperidge, and classic showtune, ‘Mr Snow’. She speaks to Stage Whispers about the role, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and the influence of her dad, musical theatre star Peter Cousens.

Stage Whispers:  What was your first experience of Carousel? Is it one of those shows that left a mark? Or more of a peripheral gem?

Play It Again Sam for Javeenbah Theatre

Woody Allen's quirky play that inspired the famous film of the same name, Play It Again Sam, follows the life of Allan Felix, a recent divorcé whose awkward interactions with women have forced him to rely on the advice of his hero, Humphrey Bogart.

Told through a series of hilarious fantasy sequences, Allan's hero Bogart comes to the rescue with a fantastic bevy of beauties. With the encouragement of his alter ego, he actually tries dating again, with less than satisfactory results at first.

Pulitzer Winner Rabbit Hole for Cronulla

Director Cheryl Butler writes in the program for Rabbit Hole at Arts Theatre Cronulla that ‘beautiful’ may seem like the wrong word to describe this amazing play, but stresses there is beauty in the sadness of Rabbit Hole. Recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for several Tony awards, Rabbit Hole examines the disconnect that grief can cause.