Community Theatre


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.

The Mousetrap Set To Thrill and Chill Hunters Hill

Sadly, this production closed with its dress rehearsal.

The eerie whistling of ‘Three Blind Mice’… a chilling scream… then silence.  

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical At Miranda

This production has been postponed.

Long before she was Carole King, Brooklyn born Carol Joan Klein fought her way into the record business as a teenage songwriter, initially as one of the staff songwriters at the Brill Building and later as a solo artist. She is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Don’t Dress for Dinner at Cronulla

An evening of hilarious theatre is promised by the director of Arts Theatre Cronulla’s first play for 2020, Don’t Dress for Dinner. Originally staged in Paris where it ran for two years, the English version of this infidelity comedy adapted by Robin Hawdon ran in London for six years, opened on Broadway in 2012 and has since played in theatres all over America and the English-speaking world

Singin’ In The Rain at Rockdale

Rockdale Musical Society brings Singin’ In The Rain to the Rockdale Town Hall in March 2020

Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, the stage production of Singin’ In The Rain promises high-energy choreography, a superb score and a joyous story,.