Community Theatre

2011 Canberra Area Theatre Awards Nominations

The 2011 Canberra Area Theatre Awards will be presented at a Gala Awards Night at Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Canberra on Saturday 25 February, 2012.

The awards have been part of the theatre, dance and musical scene of Canberra and surrounding districts since 1994.

Companies and schools involved stretch as far afield as Dubbo in the North, Griffith in the West, to Albury Wodonga and Merimbula in the South.

The nominations announcement and reception was held at Teatro Vivaldi, Arts Centre ANU, on Monday 12 December 2011.

Best Musical Bruce Award Too Close to Call

The judges couldn’t split two great productions when it came to choosing Production of the Year at the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Bruce Awards for Excellence 2011, presented at Frankston Arts Centre on December 10.


489 nominations from 55 productions ranging from Redlands in the north to Ballina in the south were narrowed down to 95 finalists in the 3rdannual Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards, presented on December 6, 2011 under the guidance of M.C. Ian Stenlake; star of Stage, Screen and Television.

The capacity audience enjoyed Ian’s opening song and dance routine and then eagerly awaited the judge’s decision in the 27 catagories on offer this year. The atmosphere was exciting and tense.

The 15th VDL Awards 2011

The 15th Victorian Drama League Awards were presented on Sunday December 4, 2011 in Melbourne.

Kym Davies reports, “The fifteenth annual VDL Awards was an energetic and lively night filled with great friends, great food and the chance to celebrate the amazing array of talent in Victorian community theatre.


The Lyrebird Awards, recognizing and celebrating theatre in the outer Eastern region of Melbourne, were established in 1994. Their motto is to ‘Foster the spirit of entertainment.’

Nominations for the 2011 Lyrebird Awards have been announced, and are listed in alphabetical order of companies.

The Awards will take place on February 11, 2012.





Caught in the Act- PEP Productions

Sure Thing- PEP Productions

Deliciously gruesome Grimm fairytales for Perth

MAGIC, menace and mayhem are being let loose at Playlovers in Floreat in December 2011 – but it’s all in the name of art.

A selection of the best fairytales by the Brothers Grimm are being brought to life as part of Grimm Tales, adapted for the stage by Carole Anne Duffy and directed by Amanda Crewes.

“The production is full of all the magic and wonder you find in your imagination with a little pinch of mischief thrown in,” Crewes said.

Beyond A Joke for Essendon

Essendon Theatre Company (Vic) presents the Derek Benfield comedy Beyond A Joke at Bradshaw Street Community Hall, West Essendon, from November 24 to December 3, 2011.

Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Nominations Announced

The nominations for Awards for Excellence 2011 Open Section of the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria's 25th Anniversary Awards have been announced. The awards will be presented at the Silver Jubilee Awards Night at Frankston Arts Centre on December 10, 2011.

Looking for the 2012 Nominations? - Link


Production of the Year

Mrs Markham Moves Over at Castle Hill

The Castle Hill Players (NSW) conclude 2011 with one of Britain’s most popular Whitehall farces, Move Over Mrs Markham, from November 18 to December 10.

Written in 1969 by English playwrights Ray Cooney and John Chapman, the play features mistaken identities, titillating situations and risqué remarks.

Blood Brothers for Perth

Perth’s Limelight Theatre presents Willy Russell’s long running West End musical Blood Brothers from November 24 to December 10, 2011.

Loosely based on the 1844 novella The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas, it’s set in Liverpool in the late 1950s and follows the tragic story of twins, separated at birth, one raised in wealth, the other in poverty.

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