Community Theatre

Bankstown Theatre Company Present The King and I

After having to cancel their entire 2020 season due to Covid 19, Bankstown Theatre Company are over the moon that they are at last able to present their previously postponed production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I during May 2021 

Dark Irish Comedy at Castle Hill

Castle Hill Players will present The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Pavilion Theatre from June 4, 2021, directed by Dave Went.

From the award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) comes a dark comedy, set on a small island off the west coast of Ireland.

The Game’s Afoot at Cronulla

Arts Theatre Cronulla is presenting Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) from May 7, 2021. The play won the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America, and combines mystery and hilarity in equal parts, 

On The Buses

Community Theatres are facing their biggest technical challenge yet - building their own buses for productions of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  CLOC in Melbourne, Willoughby Theatre Company in Sydney and Platinum Entertainment in Perth take us for a peek under the bonnet.

Top image - CLOC's Priscilla. Photographer: Ben Fon (Fon Photography)

 

CLOC’s Priscilla is Pure 1960s.

Steel Magnolias Sets Up Shop at Lane Cove Theatre

Lane Cove Theatre Company stages Steel Magnolias, one of the world’s most loved stories of women’s friendship, love and loss: Steel Magnolias, during May 2021.

Almost, Maine at Roleystone WA

ONE of the most frequently produced plays in the US is the May 2021 offering at Roleystone Theatre, WA. 

Community Theatre Seasons 2021

After COVID-19 decimated 2020 Community Theatre seasons, many companies are now cautiously announcing their plans for 2021 – in some cases it’s a whole season, in others just a first production.

Many companies are re-scheduling postponed shows, while others are offering new programming, or a mix of both.

Following the lifting of lockdowns, Queensland and Western Australian companies were first back on the boards, but productions are now being mounted or planned everywhere, with precautions in place including socially distanced audiences and performances.

Call to Boycott Miss Saigon

A debate has erupted on social media about whether it is still appropriate to stage the musical Miss Saigon. The debate was sparked on the Sydney Musical Facebook page when the Notable Theatre Company announced its audition for the musical.

Here are some of the views that have been expressed. Leave your comments on the Stage Whispers Facebook Page.

 

Dillan Jamie Chen

 

Always A Bridesmaid at Castle Hill

After the sell-out success of Things I Know to be True, Castle Hill Players’ keeps the fun coming in 2021 with a bright and breezy comedy: Always A Bridesmaid by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten – and directed by CHP stalwart, Meredith Jacobs. 

Women have a way of sticking together in lifelong friendships - it’s in their DNA. These four gals met in school and made a promise to be at each others’ weddings. They’ve been true to their word - no matter how many times they have made that long walk!

Dark Comedy on the Menu at Stirling

STIRLING Theatre (WA) is serving up a West End hit as its first season of 2021.  

Written by Moira Buffini and directed by Virginia Moore Price, Dinner dishes out an evening from hell as hostess Paige celebrates the publication and success of her husband’s philosophy book. 

Several guests are invited to dine, served by a silent waiter sourced from an obscure website.