Community Theatre

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

PRODUCTION CANCELLED

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.

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.