Community Theatre


WICKED – music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman, tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz  see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Miranda Musical Society’s (MMS) revival of WICKED will play the Sutherland Entertainment Centre on Wednesday March 22 at 8 pm, Thursday March 23 at 11 am and 8 pm, Friday March 25 at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday March 26 at 11 am and 5 pm.

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The Sutherland Theatre Company is proudly presenting Andrew Morton’s heart-warming play, Bloom, at the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts from March 3-12.

Following the death of his father, 15-year-old Daniel and his mother Lisa are forced to move to an unfamiliar town. After a violent outburst at his new school, Daniel’s social worker Michelle suggests that he spend a week working with her father, Bobby, an urban gardener of several abandoned lots in the middle in the city.

A week soon turns into a few months and, as the two men spend the summer tending the gardens, they begin planting some much-needed hope in a neighbourhood plagued by blight and help each other heal old wounds.

A finalist at the Write Now festival and a winner of the Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award, Bloom is a coming-of-age story about grief, growth and gardening.

Director Christiane Brawley chose the play because of its simple and relatable story about the power of human connection.

“The media is so full of material telling us of our cruelty and indifference to each other, but this story is about the positive ways that human interaction can enrich and revitalise us. I don’t think we can ever have too many reminders about the importance of kindness and family and friendship.”

The heart-warming story at the centre of the show has broad appeal.

“It is gently humorous and reminds us why it is good to be alive. It has characters and situations that everyone will recognise and a story which will make the audience smile and feel good.”

The multi-generational cast of talented local performers includes Graham Yates, Ben Moss, Mel Day, Grace Fabris and Emma Dalton.


Friday 3rd March @ 8pm Saturday 4th March @ 2pm Sunday 5th March @ 2pm Thursday 9th March @ 8pm Friday 10th March @ 8pm Saturday 11th March @ 8pm Sunday 12th March @ 2pm

Tickets are available from or by calling (02) 9150 7574.

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Featured image – Megan Hipwell, Leigh Scanlon, Margaret Olive and Annette Emerton in CALENDAR GIRLS.

CALENDAR GIRLS by Tim Firth comes from the popular 2003 film of the same name which starred Helen Mirren and Julie Walters.

The play is based on the true story of a Yorkshire women’s club that earned money for its village hospital by having members pose nude on an annual printed calendar. Presented by Castle Hill Players the show is a highly entertaining start to their 2017 season.

CALENDAR GIRLS is about friendship, loss, the strength and beauty of older women and community. The audience greatly appreciated the entire production with intakes of breath at the “nude” scenes and applause for the bravery of the actresses. There is comedy throughout but the jokes are gentle and the more serious moments are played with deep feeling and sensitivity. Continue reading CASTLE HILL PLAYERS PRESENT ‘CALENDAR GIRLS’ @ THE PAVILION THEATRE


Chatswood Musical Society (CMS) is proud to announce its  first show for 2017 will be the  Australian Premiere of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU.

Broadway’s hilarious wild musical farce with blushing brides, nervous grooms, overbearing mums, unexpected guests, and plenty of crazy twists and turns will be coming to The Independent Theatre North Sydney from March 31 to April 8.

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The next production by the Guild Theatre will be a revival of Aussie playwright Elizabeth Coleman’s IT’S MY PARTY (AND I’LL DIE IF I WANT TO which will be directed by Elizabeth Coleman.

The play has been billed as a deathly black comedy at it’s most hilarious.

IT’S MY PART (AND I’LL DIE IF I WANT TO) is playing the Guild Theatre between October 28 and November 26. For more information visit –

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Chatswood Musical Society 65th Anniversary Concert @ The Zenith Theatre Chatswood

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This year marks Chatswood Musical Society’s 65th year of providing quality theatrical productions to Chatswood and the Lower North Shore. With the kind support of Willoughby City Council, we cordially invite you to join us in celebrating this remarkable milestone at our 65th Anniversary Concert.

Come and enjoy wonderful music performed by talented up & coming as well as veteran artists, showcasing repertoire spanning 6 decades of operetta, musical comedy & musical theatre. Re-discover classic musical gems and commemorate our history of providing a platform for young and ‘young at heart’ performers in our local community and beyond.

It’s not an anniversary without a party! So stay after the concert and join the cast for a celebration with some nibbles!

A one night only event – a unique opportunity to reconnect with great music and bear witness to future stars in the making – book early to avoid disappointment!

10 September 2016 5:00 pm at the Zenith theatre, corner MacIntosh and Railway street, Chatswood.

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The Guild Theatre’s latest production is  a revival of Steve Martin’s play THE UNDERPANTS  which  premiered Off Broadway in  April 2002. Martin’s play is a loose adaptation of German playwright Carl Sternheim’s play Die Hose (1910).

As one would expect from Mr Wild and Crazy, the show is anarchic fun that  satirises middle class  manners and  behaviour. Continue reading THE GUILD THEATRE PRESENTS STEVE MARTIN’S ‘THE UNDERPANTS’


ON GOLDEN POND  is the classic award winning 1979 play by Ernest Thompson which was later adapted into the memorable 1981 motion picture starring Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn. This play is part of a very special season for Castle Hill Players as they celebrate their 50th anniversary season.

While On Golden Pond has much witty sarcasm and humorous one-liners, it also looks at the themes of love, connections, and letting go of the past to allow the flowering of broken relationships.

The story centres on an older couple Norman and Ethyl Thayer and explores the effects of the turbulent relationship their daughter Chelsea shared with her father growing up and the difficulties faced by a couple in the latter years of a long marriage. Continue reading CASTLE HILL PLAYERS PRESENT ‘ON GOLDEN POND’ @ THE PAVILION THEATRE



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This Factory Space Theatre Company production of Australian playwright Brenda Gottsche’s new play ALMOST NEARLY PARADISE was was expertly directed by long time director Roz Riley.

The night sees us take a journey with unexpected witty twists and turns. Much laughter is generated by the quick, wicked and entertaining dialogue with the highlight being some quite delicious one-liners. My favourite line was,  when one character says of another character, ‘he is unattached to the truth’.

The play starts off being about the inaugural meeting of a newly established book club with  four ladies gathered to discuss their first book.

Unexpected events occur as the first meeting starts with a raging storm with gale force winds taking place outside. The setting is a mythical island paradise on beautiful Pittwater.

Too much alcohol is consumed, hip hop rap ensues, and everyone has secrets worth spreading, and soon the night becomes a nightmare with dangerous revelations revealed by each woman.

Moreover, Ian Tompson, Australia’s 48th richest man, smashes his way into their ordinary suburban lives, late in the evening, with a large cash offer to the group that may just be too hard to refuse…

Will they keep money that has no strings attached? The auditorium and stage have been converted to provide an intimate theatre space, with an excellent well-chosen cast, and believable performances from all. Recommended.

Maree Cole as Ann Watson
Tara jay as Ellie Jordan
Melissa Kathryn Rose as Jenny Henly
Grace Naoum as Tiffany (Tiff) Sampson
Steven Menteith as Ian Tompson
Tadhg Scanlon as Sammie Henly

Friday 8th July 2016 to Saturday 23rd July 2016

Star of the Sea Theatre, at Stella Maris College, corner of Iluka Avenue and Collingwood Streets, Manly

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Murder, mystery, suspense, romance plus acting to die for awaits you if you attend this current production, Agathie Christie’s 1945 stage adaptation based on her  1938 novel of the same name. directed by the Company’s current Artistic Director Barry Nielson.

Nielson’s production features a large impressive cast. The focus of the play is on Mrs Boynton, a pivotal role played to the hilt and with aplomb  by Leilani Loau. Dressed in top to toe black, her characters’ true colours are revealed as the narrative develops.

Mrs Boynton is the matriarch from hell who presides over her stepchildren with an iron fist. She is an expert in playing cat and mouse games. She enjoys how her family are dependant on her financially; she laughs maniacally, conveying her cruel, sadistic, cunning and manipulative nature. She  was a former wardress in prison and has a lust for power. Continue reading GENESIAN THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS AGATHIE CHRISTIE THRILLER



In FORBIDDEN, written by Visakesa Chandrasekaram and directed by Neil Khare, Urmila is a young woman who is living in a man’s world. Amidst the civil unrest in Sri Lanka she has been convinced through treachery and deception to follow a path of destruction.

FORBIDDEN stars Belinda Maree, Dimitri Armatas and Neil Khare.

FORBIDDEN is playing the Blood Moon Theatre in the World Bar, 24 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross until 23 July. Tickets are Adults: $32.00 and concession $25. and



LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE is yet another moving and highly entertaining production to be presented by Castle Hill Players in this their 40th anniversary year. The play, written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephronis, is based on the book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman and was first played in New York in 2008.

The play is organized as a series of monologues and uses a cast of five women playing over 30 parts delightfully linking matters of life and love with matters of the wardrobe. A woman named Gingy, played with feeling and compassion by Annette Van Roden, tells her life story which is woven in and out of the tales of the other characters. The play follows Gingy through several marriages, motherhood and other turning points, each marked by various items of clothing.

The show features various comic interludes about the agonies of the dressing room (“I don’t know who this is cut for”), the mortification of bra-buying (“The training bras are over here”) or  the hurtful words of mothers (“Is that what you’re wearing?”), not to mention unfortunate prom dresses, high heels and one perfect shirt. Everyone in the audience will relate to some of the one liners as we have said them, listened to them or been their recipients.

One of the highlights is the monologue “I hate my purse” played with wonderful comic skills by Sandy Velini. Her character’s great frustration is her habitual inability to keep her purse properly organised and hygienic. In the chaos of its interior she sees a reflection of her own life but she does finally discover the perfect bag to manage the problem.

What these stories are really talking about are mother/daughter relationships, romance and the men who come and go, family dynamics and sometimes just getting through the pain life contains. The more substantial stories usually have a strong emotional component, connecting the memories of a dress or a pair of shoes to certain pivotal moments in the women’s lives.

Directed by Meredith Jacobs, the ensemble also including Mary Clarke, Leigh Scanlon and Kate Gandy, work beautifully together to bring life, fun and feeling to their characters.

The production features original music composed by Joshua McNulty who conducted and recorded the score with live musicians from the  Canaria Scoring Orchestra.  

The show also gives theatregoers the opportunity to put on that something you have never been game to wear even if it is just a  fancy assessor. At every performance one “frocked up” audience member will be selected go in the competition to win tickets to the next production plus receive a complimentary beverage and snack from the Foyer Bar.

For a night that is funny and poignant, witty and sometimes sad, get to LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE at the Pavilion Theatre, Doran Road, Castle Hill Showground.   

Performance times are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8.15pm and Sundays at 4.30pm.

Tickets $27/$22. Bookings –





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So I went to the Bexley RSL club on Stony Creek Road Bexley to see this play.

It is on a very busy road. Cars drive along it, some furiously, in a desperate hurry to get nowhere in particular. You cross it at your peril. The club itself  displays a WWII Ordnance QF 25 pound Horwitzer Gun out the front. At least that is what I think it is. Then one mounts and  walks over rather morose orange brown  pavers  to gain entrance and  behold  the club’s rather cavernous carpeted interior.

Inside there is a small segmented area for a theatre space. Continue reading CANTERBURY THEATRE GUILD PRESENTS AVENUE Q @ BEXLEY RSL CLUB


Joseph and Technicolour DreamAfter seeing JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT last night, I have a dream that I won’t need Joseph to interpret.  My dream is that every table in the auditorium is filled for the next outing of this Hills Musical Theatre Company show.  As a believer in the theological concept of free will, I’m going to follow Joseph in making my dream come true by giving you a bread-basket load of reasons why you and your family should attend this wonderful night out.

Firstly, it’s a classic.  As I was waiting in the bitter cold for my friend to arrive I heard a patron add to his Box Office greetings, “You never get sick of Joseph!”  This is so true.  The show, Andrew Lloyd Webber music and Tim Rice lyrics, did have a troubled start though.  Beginning life as a 15 minute ‘pop cantata’ school performance in 1968, it had many incarnations, rewrites and false starts. Continue reading HILLS MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT



It’s good to see a local community theatre group put on  WHEN DAD MARRIED FURY, one of David Williamson’s strongest later works. The Guild Theatre chose this play as part of its 50th year  program, quite some milestone.

When corporate high flyer and father Alan marries Fury his family are  far from pleased.  Alan had only recently lost his wife, and in the time that most men would be grieving, Alan had gone off and married the brash and much younger Fury, a former beauty queen. His two sons, Ian and Ben, were expecting better form from their father. Continue reading THE GUILD THEATRE PRESENTS DAVID WILLIAMSON’S WHEN DAD MARRIED FURY @ WALZ STREET ROCKDALE


Michael Astill as Buck and Lauren Lofberg as Bonnie.
Michael Astill as Ted and Lauren Lofberg as Bonnie.

Seasoned theatregoers always find something to love in this crazy creative world of performance. Amateur through semi pro to professional, school concerts to Granny’s tap dance showcase. There’s always something unusual, exciting or unique to enjoy.

How unusual, exciting and unique though, to find a community based amateur show about which you love everything! BONNIE AND CLYDE at the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts is a cracker production. It’s slickly produced, really well sung with some terrific acting; it’s got a great set; costumes with purpose and brought together with intelligent stage and musical direction. And wigs … good ones! 12 by my count. Continue reading SMT PRESENTS BONNIE AND CLYDE : THE MUSICAL @ SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL SCHOOL OF THE ARTS



Tickets are now on sale for the Hills Musical Theatre Company’s production of ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.’ This production has a fantastic cast of up and coming young people and up and coming young at heart people who are looking forward to bringing you this uplifting show.

Book tickets now for best seats.

Fri 27th May 8pm, Sat 28th May 2pm & 8pm, Fri 3rd June 8pm, Sat 4th June 2pm & 8pm.

VENUE- Model Farms High School Auditorium Gooden Drive Baulkham Hills.

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LCTC Away DressReh GregPiper 90Above- Dimitri Armatas as Jim and Katherine Stewart as  Gwen. Featured- Rowena McNicol as Coral in Michael Gow’s AWAY. Production photography by Greg Piper Photography.

This  year is the 21st anniversary for the Lane Cove Theatre Company (LCTC). The Company is presenting three plays this year and their current production is a revival  of Michael Gow’s family drama AWAY, directed by Peter Farmer.

I have lost count as to how many times I have seen this play. AWAY has always been a stand-out, a play of enormous heart and warmth. Theatregoers are so easily able to relate to the struggles taking place within three families as  they take their summer vacation.  Continue reading LANE COVE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS ‘AWAY’ @ ST AIDAN’S CHURCH, LONGUEVILLE



Paul Elliott’s play sees Mary, one of the bridge partners inconveniently die, but this does not stop the girls carrying on with their weekly bridge night at  Connie’s house.

The laugh-out-loud, more than a touch black comedy starts from the moment that her ashes suddenly arrive from the funeral home. Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham in the US, take on a new lease on life after Mary’s demise, and follow her advice that they ought to ‘exit laughing’.

If you enjoyed television’s GOLDEN GIRLS, then this play will have plenty of appeal. The alcohol fueled evening progresses, with more and more risqué dialogue. From beyond the grave, the recently departed Mary has a lot to say to her surviving friends. Continue reading EXIT LAUGHING @ THE GUILD THEATRE ROCKDALE

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune @ The Pavilion Theatre


FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE is a two-character play by Terrence Mc Nally first performed off-Broadway in 1987 and then on Broadway in 2002/3. This tender and romantic comedy produced by Castle Hill Players engages the audience from start to finish.

McNally’s play focuses on two lonely, middle-aged people; Frankie a waitress, and Johnny a short-order cook, who work in the same restaurant. Very strong performances by the two actors, who have a wonderful on stage chemistry and rapport, are clearly directed by Peter Rhodes to ensure the lively evolution of their relationship. Continue reading Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune @ The Pavilion Theatre

4000 Miles @ The Pavilion Theatre Castle Hill

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4000 MILES by Amy Hertzog was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist 2013 and received the Obie Award for Best New American Play 2012.

Herzog’s play tells a moving story focusing on the relationship between Leo and his feisty grandmother Vera. The cross-country bike trip of twenty something Leo, played with great feeling and depth by Cameron Hutt, ends when he arrives unannounced at 3am outside the door of his grandmother Vera’s West Village apartment. Why now?!

Continue reading 4000 Miles @ The Pavilion Theatre Castle Hill

Grease @ The Bryan Brown Theatre

Pink Ladies: Izzy Tilden(back), Stephanie Eid,Zoe Martino and Meagan Fitpatrick. Photo Ray Parkinson.
Pink Ladies: Izzy Tilden (back), Stephanie Eid, Zoe Martino and Meagan Fitpatrick. Production photos by  Ray Parkinson.

Bankstown Theatre Company (BTC) are currently celebrating the musical GREASE through a colourful and high energy revival. This 1950’s styled stage hit is familiar to many of us from the film release of 1978 starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta and remains a favourite several generations of fans.

BTC follows the trend of recent stage revivals by including songs inserted for the film but not part of the original show by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. In this performance the 1950’s musical genres are presented with desirable style by the band. Audiences will recognise the title track ‘Grease’ as written by Barry Gibb, Olivia Newton-John’s chart hit ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ and ‘You’re the One That I Want’ from the film’s climax.

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Lane Cove Theatre Company’s Godspell @ St Aidan’s Hall

Production photos by Greg Piper
Production photos by Greg Piper

In their program and on-line, Lane Cove Theatre Company is lobbying the local council for a space to call home. After a 20 year commitment to community based work, it’s about their future. And from the work I saw on display in GODSPELL, their future is well worth supporting.

It’s not just the quality of the on-stage work; it’s also the friendly atmosphere and the large number of young people giving up their Friday night to support their family and friends.

Continue reading Lane Cove Theatre Company’s Godspell @ St Aidan’s Hall

The Cemetery Club @ The Wyong Grove Theatre

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Whilst we are fortunate enough to be in a loving couple relationship we try to avoid thinking about what life would be like if we lost our trusted companion and lover. That is, losing not only a husband  but a life partner and trying to make a difficult or emotionally fraught transition to being a widow?  In the program notes Margaret Holdom, who plays the widow Ida, wrote a poignant tribute to her late husband Peter.

THE CEMETERY CLUB  written by New Yorker Ivan Menchell examines the way society is centred around coupledom and flounders around the advent of widowhood.  With Menchell’s play Ron Baker has taken on a challenging brief, and has excelled right down to the finer details of the script.

In his program note, Baker acknowledges the depth of research undertaken by every member of the cast to  authentically  recreate the New York characters. Continue reading The Cemetery Club @ The Wyong Grove Theatre

INTO THE WOODS @ Rockdale Town Hall

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Production photos by Andrew Croucher Photography

Rockdale Musical Society with a very well chosen cast, is revisiting this Sondheim classic, for the first time since its production in 1994.

How far would you go, to make your wish come true? INTO THE WOODS challenges our perceptions of what makes a fairy tale, by taking many of those well-remembered classic fairy tale characters (Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf, Jack and the Beanstalk and many more) and sends them all into the woods, all at the same time. Continue reading INTO THE WOODS @ Rockdale Town Hall