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The internationally acclaimed hit musical DREAMGIRLS is about to make it’s NSW premiere this September at the Rockdale Town Hall.

DREAMGIRLS is the story of three black singers, Deena Jones played by Sasha Saunders, Lorrell Robinson played by Jade Montalvo and Effie White played by Kaleigh Wilkie-Smith, who take their group the “Dreamettes” on a journey from rags to riches, with their song writer and brother C.C. played by Stefan Jamal, in the competitive world of show business to become “The Dreams”.

The show is loosely based around the success of 60’s superstars The Supremes and The Shirelles and takes place in a time when racial acceptance was still in its early stages both socially and professionally.

Under the guidance of Curtis Taylor Jr. played by Quinton Rich, the girls learn fast that to become music superstars they need to cross over into the main stream music charts.

Life at the top is rocky, Effie leaves after she is dumped by husband Curtis as lead singer for Deena. Michelle Morris played by Liv Wassef joins the group and Lorrell takes up with the R&B mega star James “Thunder” Early played by Claudio Acosta, who is married and refuses to break from his wife.

With each of the girl’s lives taking different paths and their star fading fast the girls need to make some very life changing decisions.

“DREAMGIRLS is a roller coaster of emotions for each character as they grow and change throughout the 20 year span of the show” says the shows director Rod Herbert. “I believe our audiences will fall in love with each of these characters for their own individual story that is playing out within one larger chapter of their combined journey.”

The musical which is still playing professionally on London’s West End and was the inspiration for the Academy Award winning film starring Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy has some of musical theatres biggest and best Rock and Roll, R&B and big ballads including Cadillac Car, Stepping To The Bad Side and I’m Telling You.

Directed by Rod Herbert, with musical direction from Anthony Cutrupi and choreography by Joseph Nalty, DREAMGIRLS has an all-singing, all-dancing cast of more than thirty of some of Sydney’s best young musical theatre talent.

Rockdale Musical Society presents DREAMGIRLS
Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyer, Music by Henry Krieger
Rockdale Town Hall cnr Princes Highway & Bryant Street, Rockdale

Friday 8 Sept 8pm | Saturday 9 Sept 2pm | Saturday 9 Sept 8pm | Sunday 10 Sept 2pm
Friday 15 Sept 8pm | Saturday 16 Sept 2pm | Saturday 16 Sept 8pm | Sunday 17 Sept 2pm

Tickets $31.50 to $41.50 (incl booking fee)
For more information about DREAMGIRLS and bookings- Sydney premier presented by Rockdale Musical Society, visit http://www.rockdalemusicalsociety.com/
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Featured image – Frances Carlile and Kate Wilmot.

Rockdale Opera Company’s production of THE BARTERED BRIDE, a comic Czech opera, is a fine night’s entertainment.

The original version of the opera by Bedrich Smetana premiered in Prague in 1886 with the first English version at Sadlers Wells in 1935.

Director Luise Napier has very successfully updated the words to suit the present day and apart from some judicious cuts musical director Julia de Plater has maintained the music as originally composed.

The road sign for kangaroos, koalas in the tree and a dunny ensure there can be no mistaking the setting has been changed from the original Bohemian country village to a rural town in Australia. This shift works very well as it is a small Czech community celebrating May Day.  Much of the original culture is preserved such as a czech folk dance around a may pole, yet comic highlights are added with touches such as the dancing koala and the occasional use of a broad Australian accent.

The story involves the secret love between Mařenka and Jenik but as the villagers gather to celebrate the festivities of the day these two do not join in as Mařenka’s parents are arranging her marriage to Vasek, wealthy grazier Micha’s son. Continue reading A NIGHT OF CZECH OPERA @ ROCKDALE TOWN HALL


Rockdale Opera Company presents 4 performances of Jacques Offenbach’s satirical operetta ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD at Rockdale Town Hall, corner Bryant Street and Princess Street, on 30 and 31 July and 6 and 7 August. The Saturday night performances begin at 7.30pm and the Sunday matinees at 2pm.

Enjoy a delightful and irreverent romp through Greek mythology as Offenbach turns the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice on its head! From Thebes to Mt Olympus and down into Hades, Offenbach takes the audience on a sublime musical journey, including the origins of the Can-Can!

Tickets are available at the door and through Tickets4me-  02 4730 6932.

30 July @ 7.30pm, 31 July @ 2pm, 6 August @ 7.30pm, 7 August @ 2pm.

For more about Orpheus in the Underworld, visit http://www.rockdalopera.com.au
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Boy From Oz- second

This Regals Musical Society revival, featuring a cast and crew of over 50, is a knockout.

The staging and production values are strong- headed by Julian Batchelor– director, Peter Sampson– Musical Director (of a fine orchestra situated at the back of the stage), and Tracey Rasmussen as Choreographer.

Everyone in the large cast can hold their head up high. Timothy Langan impressed as Peter Allen giving a very relaxed, confident performance. He captures the the spirit of Allen. If there is such a species as a born entertainer then surely Allen fits the description.

Rockdale Opera’s MERRY WIDOW

Male Embassy staff perform a number from the Merry Widow.
Male Embassy staff perform a number from the Merry Widow.

THE MERRY WIDOW is a substantial and well known work of the operetta genre. It is set in Paris and tells the tale of a rich widow, her womanising suitors, and the foreign embassy with its agenda to keep the widow’s inheritance away from Paris. In this version, lush sets and beautiful costumes ensure the production is always a visual treat.

Any revival for a fortunate twenty-first century crowd of Lehár’s charming music and colourful characters requires solid production values and choices to attract new and old fans alike. Here, a high energy performance results due to an active ensemble as well as showstopping  scenes of exceptionally good dancing from the night clubs or folk tradition. It is worthwhile attending just to witness such staging. Continue reading Rockdale Opera’s MERRY WIDOW

High School Musical

Amber-Dawn Finch and Gus Noakes play Sharpay and Ryan Evans

At the centre of any Disney musical is a great big heart. It is an experienced soul which lovingly demands sincerity and constant joy from its cast and creative team. Pulsing out from this core are themes of goodwill, tolerance, diversity and making a champion of the underdog.

Such priorities for HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL-ON STAGE set in an American high school sit well when taken on board by community theatre. Rockdale Musical Society upholds the Disney ideals as its well-drilled cast of exciting triple-threat individuals retell this modern franchised classic. The performers singularly and as a team score dazzling points right throughout this entertainment. Continue reading High School Musical


The cast of NEXT TO NORMAL. Pic francisfotography
Another happy family? Maybe not.Pic francisfotography

The long anticipated Sydney premiere of this rock opera/musical is revealed to be one of the best shows in town at the moment .The small cast packs a terrific emotional punch. The show deals with very difficult subject matter (mental illness, dysfunctional families). Issues such as suicide, grieving the loss of a loved one , drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the underbelly of suburban life are also examined .

NEXT TO NORMAL- book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, opened on Broadway in 2009, running until 2011 and garnering Tony nominations and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama .Since then the show has toured in versions around the US and has also had international productions.

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