Community Theatre

How to Keep Your Little Theatre Open During the Coronavirus Epidemic

Stage Whispers Perth correspondent Kimberley Shaw shares ways of making your audience and company as safe as possible during the outbreak of Covid 19. 

Be aware that advice is changing very quickly, so little theatres (with an audience under 500) may NOT be able to perform next weekend, but these measures will also be helpful when we return to business after the worst of the outbreak. 


Community Theatre Cancellations

Community Theatres across Australia are cancelling or postponing their seasons due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

In Victoria CentreStage Geelong announced that their planned programming of West Side Story has been postponed and not be onstage during the originally planned March 27th– April 4th season at the Geelong Arts Centre.

Community Theatre Seasons 2020

NOTE: Most Communuity Theatre productions have been postponed for the moment due to Covid19. All our advertisements have links back to the relevant theatre companies, so please click on the ads to go to their websites for the latest news. In the listings, the names of our subcriber groups have been hyperlinked, so you  also can simply click on those links as well, to check out your local company.

Jukebox is set to provide the soundtrack for Community Musical Theatre in 2020.


Draculas Cabaret restaurant was the new venue to host the Gold Palm Theatre Awards formerly Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards) on Monday 2 December 2019.

It was the 11th presentation night of the award which covers not only the Gold Coast community theatre but also those in Ipswich, Toowoomba and Morton Bay. Hosted for the sixth time by musical theatre star Ian Stenlake it was night of celebration with musical acts drawn form the nominees. 

Image: (L-R) Tony Sheldon (Guest of Honour), Kate Peters (Convenor), Ian Stenlake (Compere).


2019 Finley Awards

The 2019 Finley Awards will be held at The Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA on January 18, 2020.

This year there are even more awards up for grabs because the DramaFest Awards will now be presented on the Finley Awards Night.

A Chorus of Approval

Who doesn't want to be a star? Stage Whispers spoke to Gillian Peterson, Di O'Ferrall, Christine Heard and Tim Foley - four loyal members of community theatre ensembles who are thrilled to bits to be part of the chorus.

Gillian Peterson

Queensland Music Theatre

Retired Ballet Dancer

“I just love the whole excitement of being on stage. I can’t imagine life without it.

New Zealand Musical Theatre Boom

Musical Theatre in New Zealand is experiencing a ‘golden era’, with record attendances, profile and audition interest. The growth is not in professional theatre, but community theatres which ship professionally built sets and costumes around the country.

The musical theatre scene in New Zealand is a unique one, with the combined factors of a strong economy and some beautiful regional theatres, but a relatively small and geographically spread population.

Community Theatre Champions

They are the stars of the little stages, moving from one community theatre to another scoring the plum roles. David Spicer spoke to six of the most popular leading ladies and men in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

Nadia Gianinotti hobbled back to work after twisting her ankle in her final performance as Velma Kelly in Fab Nobs’ production of Chicago.

Virtual Plays at Adelaide Rep

The Adelaide Rep has been producing quality theatre for over 100 years and lay claim to being the oldest surviving theatre company in the Southern hemisphere. They have survived two world wars, the depression and the ‘recession we had to have’. Unfortunately, COVID-19 got the better of them and they have had to close the theatre for 2020.