Community Theatre

Face to Face: Williamson Community Conferencing Play for Stirling

David Williamson’s Face to Face will be staged by young, emerging director Brendan Ellis for Stirling Players (WA) in May 2012.

As the first part of Williamson’s Jack Manning Trilogy, this dramatic and character-driven play takes its format in a realistic setting of ‘community conferencing.’

When young construction worker Glen rams into the back of his boss’s Mercedes in a fit of anger at being sacked, he is given the opportunity to discuss his actions in a community conference, rather than going straight to court.

The Madness and Mozart of Cosi for MATES.

MATES Theatre Society (Redlands, Qld) present the classic Australian comedy Cosi at Birkdale School of Arts Hall from April 13 – May 5.

Written by Louis Nowra, Cosi explores the complex and sensitive subject of mental health. It tells the story of Lewis (played by Conor Ensor), a young amateur theatre director who is offered a job with a Government program in a Sydney institution for the mentally ill.

Maureen Gets Ready for Her Close-Up

CLOC Musical Theatre (Melbourne) is preparing to launch its 2012 season with the Australasian non-professional premiere of the musical adaptation of the 1950 classic Billy Wilder movie Sunset Boulevard.

Xanadu Audience Member to Win Skates Autographed by Olivia

80's cult-classic movie Xanadu, starring Olivia Newton-John, has been adapted as a stage musical, and Mosman Musical Society (NSW), one of Australia's oldest musical societies, will bring Xanadu - The Musical, complete with roller-skates and leg warmers, to the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood (NSW) from Friday April 20 to 28.

Mosman has one of the most uniquely appropriate front-of-house raffle prizes Stage Whispers has ever heard of; audience members will have the chance to win a pair of roller skates (pictured) signed by Olivia Newton-John.

Heavenly Creatures on stage in Daughters of Heaven

Peter Jackson’s award winning movie Heavenly Creatures launched Kate Winslet’s career. The same sensational and true story is the focus of Michelanne Forster’s play Daughters of Heaven (written before Heavenly Creatures), directed by Pam Sexton, which opens at Gold Coast Little Theatre, Southport (Qld) on Saturday 14 April.

Miss Saigon for Chatswood in May

Chatswood Musical Society (NSW) presents Miss Saigon as the company’s first production at The Concourse in Chatswood from May 4.

Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Vietnam and inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon is an epic love story between a young Vietnamese girl and an American GI who are torn apart by war but connect for a brief moment that changes their lives forever.

SIMON GALLAHER TO STAR IN HARVEST RAIN’S PRODUCTION OF HAIRSPRAY

Harvest Rain (Brisbane) has announced the cast for their upcoming pro-am production of Hairspray, which will open at the Playhouse, QPAC from June 22 to July 1, 2012.

Simon Gallaher will don a dress to play Edna Turnblad, the part made famous by John Travolta in the 2007 film.

Casey McCollow (pictured) will play Tracy Turnblad, the pleasantly plump teenager who dreams of dancing on the Corny Collins show. Casey has previously appeared in Harvest Rain's productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wizard of Oz and Sweet Charity

Talking Heads at Limelight

Limelight Theatre (WA) will stage three monologues from Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads (The History Boys and The Madness of King George) this April.

Originally written by for BBC-TV in 1988, Talking Heads has been described as a classic of contemporary drama, hailed for its combination of razor-sharp wit and deeply felt humanity.

The Limelight Theatre production features three monologues:

Bed Among the Lentils, where a vicar's wife discovers some semblance of happiness with an Indian shop owner.

Bankstown Celebrates the Show Tunes of Jerry Herman

Bankstown Theatre Company (NSW) are presenting Jerry’s Girls, a celebratory two-hour musical entertainment of glamour, optimism, love, melody, and women featuring the music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, from March 23 at Bankstown Arts Centre.

Carmen Musical for West Gippsland

Warragul Theatre Company (Vic) has recommenced rehearsals in earnest for its major 2012 production - a musical theatre version of the famous Bizet opera “Carmen”, which will be performed at the West Gippsland Arts Centre in May 2012.

The cast features a mix of newcomers and seasoned performers from across West Gippsland, and features a large ensemble including children’s cast.

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