Community Theatre

When lies destroy lives: dramatic impact on W.A. stage

A MALICIOUS lie can destroy lives – witness the St Kilda schoolgirl scandal, claims Richard Gere has a bizarre sex life and the urban legend Don’t Worry, Be Happy singer Bobby McFerrin killed himself.

But it’s not just a recent phenomenon, as evidenced in a play from the Judaen Theatre Company (W.A.) this November.

Written in 1934 by Lillian Hellman and directed by Isaac Ellison, The Children’s Hour follows two teachers who are accused by a disgruntled student of having a lesbian relationship.

Chase Me, Comrade! in Wyong

Chase Me, Comrade! is the November production for Wyong Drama Group, on the NSW Central Coast.  The Ray Cooney farce, inspired by the true story of Rudolph Nureyev’s defection to the West in the 1960s, was first performed at The Theatre Royal, Windsor, in 1964 with Cooney playing the lead role of Gerry Buss. During its three-year London run it is alleged that Nureyev himself saw the play several times and laughed as much as the rest of the audience.

Snow White Pirate Adventure in Sutherland

Shire Music Theatre presents School Holiday Fun in Sydney’s South with Snow White & the Pirate Adventure by Sally Redman, a fun little show is full of adventure and music, from October 8 – 15, 2011.

Curtains for Dural (NSW)

Dural Musical Society’s second show for 2011 is whodunit musical Curtainsby John Kander, Fred Ebb and Rupert Holmes. 

Traditional Panto Alive and Well in Masterton (NZ).

The great traditional British Pantomime is coming to Masterton, New Zealand and the Masterton Amateur Theatrical Society (MATS) has chosen Cinderella by UK writer Ben Crocker, for this year’s traditional end of year show for its upbeat and funny script.

Cinderella is the rag to riches story of downtrodden Cinderella and her horrible step sisters. It is described as an hilarious romp through the fairy tale with whacky characters and upbeat music and songs.

RENT for Coffs Harbour

When RENT opened in 1996, AIDS was very much in the public eye. Fifteen years later, RENT’s legacy includes 5,124 performances at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre (1996-2008); four Tony awards; a Pulitzer Prize for composer Jonathan Larson; and even a dedicated fan base known as Rent-heads. 

But can the phenomenon continue? Can RENT mean something in 2011, when issues like gay marriage have taken over the headlines and AIDS, though still not cured, no longer dominates public conversation?

It’s time to find out.

Spring Awakening by Monash Students for Melbourne Fringe

Tony Award winning rock musical Spring Awakening will be presented from September 30 to October 8 as part of the 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival in a co-production by Monash Uni Student Theatre (MSA) and Monash University Academy of Performing Arts.

An electrifying fusion of morality, rebellion, sexual awakening and rock & roll that is thrilling audiences across the world like no other musical in years.

‘Oh Yes It Is!’.. The Pantomime Comes Back to Bankstown

The classic pantomime returns to Bankstown (NSW) this October, with a magical retelling of the classic tale Aladdin by Bankstown Theatre Company (BTC).

It’s been several years since the local community theatre group produced a pantomime and writer and director Arthur Pickering said the time was right for it return to the local stage.

Keating the Musical: Anniversary for Western Sydney Theatre.

When Paul Keating became Prime Minister of Australia Cameron Baker was aged just two.

Now the 23 year old computer programmer by day and talented singer / actor by night has the political role of his life as the PM himself in WOFTAM Productions’ NSW amateur premiere of the Casey Bennetto’s smash hit Keating the Musical.

The musical is on stage from Friday 30th of September until the 8th of October at the Town Hall Theatre in Campbelltown. 

Ghosts at Newcastle Theatre

Newcastle Theatre Companypresents Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen from October 10 to 22.