Community Theatre

Nostalgic fun in English school girl adventure

JOLLY tricks, midnight feasts, strict schoolmistresses, hockey matches and lashings and lashings of ginger beer are the cornerstone of the latest play at South Perth’s Old Mill Theatre from November 25.

Written by Denise Deegan and directed by Susan Lynch, Daisy Pulls It Off is a family-friendly parody of wholesome adventure stories set in 1930s English girls’ boarding schools.

The play follows Daisy Meredith as she overcomes snobbish prejudice from her wealthier peers and searches for missing treasure that could save her exclusive school.

A Funny Thing is Happening at Sunnybank

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Stephen Sondheim Musical Comedy, set in Ancient Rome, promises to have Sunnybank (Queensland) audiences rolling in the aisles from November 11 to 26, 2011.

The first Broadway musical to feature both music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Forum has a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, based on the classic Ancient Roman farces of Plautus, with a good serve of classic vaudeville on the side.

The Harp in the South for Henry Lawson Theatre

The Henry Lawson Theatre (Werrington, NSW) presents Ruth Park’s The Harp in the South, adapted for stage by Ruth Park and Leslie Rees, from November 11 – 27, 2011.

Cuckoo’s Nest For Chatswood

One flew East and one flew West and one flew over the Cuckoo’s nest…

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest plays at the Zenith Theatre Chatswood (NSW) from November 4 – 12, when epicentre theatre company presents the stage adaptation of the Oscar winning movie and Ken Kesey novel.

Upon arrival at a mental institution, a brash rebel McMurphy rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more a dictator than a nurse.

Into the Woods at Doncaster.

An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch ... who raps? They're all among the eccentric characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale musical, playing at Doncaster (Vic) in November 2011.

Sweeney Todd for Hills

The Hills Musical Society (NSW) will present Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, at the Don Moore Community Centre, Carlingford, for a strictly limited season from November 4, 2011. 

Under Milk Wood at Heidelberg

Heidelberg Theatre Company (Victoria) welcomes you to the magical, surreal, hilarious, charming, witty, delightful, moving and altogether brilliant Dylan Thomas' classic radio play, set in the small Welsh fishing village of LLareggub (spell it backwards and you get some idea of Thomas' mind!).

For HTC, presenting Under Milk Wood as the final production for 2011 is a fitting lead in to the company’s 60th Anniversary Year in 2012. It was first produced by HTC in 1981 in the Rechabite Hall and directed by the late David Ashton.

The Pirates of Concord

Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is Ashfield Musical Society’s latest production at Concord RSL (NSW).

My-oh me-oh! The Boy From Oz for Perth

THE first Australian musical to ever reach Broadway plays in Floreat, Perth (WA), from November 4 to 26, 2011, with Playlovers’ production of The Boy From Oz.

Written by Nick Enright and directed by Ryan Taaffe and Daniel Burton, it’s a colourful tribute to the life and times of Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen.

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