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Three WA Companies Combine to Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday.

WILLIAM Shakespeare, ‘The Bard’, almost without debate the greatest playwright in the English language, was born in April, 1564, which makes April 2014 the 450th anniversary of his birth.

When Kidz Act Up: The Little Mermaid

It sounds like a cliché to say that if you want your children to do something creative and imaginative that will get them away from the gameboxes and television, enrol them in theatre classes, most specifically Musical Theatre classes. They might shy away pursuing a life of Shakespeare, but one hit of The Lion King and they’ll be hooked for life. That’s how Kidz Act was born, and its Managing Director, Callum Hosking, was barely out of his teens when he started the children’s theatre company.

PLOS Welcomes Fintan as Oliver!

Fintan McCrave, 11 years of age is rehearsing for the title role in PLOS Musical Productions June season of Oliver!

Last year Fintan played the lead role in his school production of Aladdin at Blackburn Lakes and caught the performing bug. He is thrilled to have been successful in being offered the chance to take on another role; this time on a much bigger stage.

Little Voice, Big Stars

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Return season at New Theatre - May 15 - 24, 2014

Little Voice has a knack for impersonating famous divas, and Debbie Nielsen, who takes on the title role in Lane Cove Theatre Company’s production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, comes to the part with the advantage of already having played a Monroe-esque starlet and Judy Garland’s signature role.

Sydney Premiere for Next to Normal

This April Rockdale Musical Society is staging the Sydney Premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, which chronicles one woman’s struggles with mental illness and the impact of this journey on those around her as she tries desperately to hold her family and her sanity together.

Little Women Sing at Bankstown

Diane Wilson, the Director of Little Women, is passionate about Bankstown Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Little Women – The Musical.

“In her 1868 novel, Little Women, Louisa May Alcott told the story of the March family. It became a classic and has remained a favourite for generations,” she said.

The Dresser: Backstage Drama for Limelight


INSPIRED by memories of his years working as a dresser for actor-manager Sir Donald Wolfit, Ronald Harwood's evocative, perceptive portrait of backstage life comes to Limelight Theatre (WA) in April and May 2014.

Directed by Sue Mainwaring, The Dresser is set in England against the backdrop of World War II as a group of Shakespearean actors tour a seaside town and perform in a shabby provincial 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.