Community Theatre

CANTERBURY THEATRE GUILD PRESENTS ‘TARZAN THE STAGE MUSICAL’

Disney lovers rejoice! The 1999 classic ‘Tarzan’ will be taking the stage at Bankstown’s Bryan Brown Theatre in just four weeks. Canterbury Theatre Guild is proud to be one of the very small handful of Australian community theatre companies to stage this incredible musical.

Based on Disney’s epic animated film and Edgar Rice Burrough’s ‘Tarzan of the Apes’, the production features a fantastic lineup of heart-pumping songs written by Phil Collins, including Academy Award winning “You’ll Be in My Heart,” plus “Son of Man” and “Two Worlds,” (beautifully musically directed by Clare Moroney) making for an unforgettable theatrical experience for all.

The clever, hilarious and thought-provoking script is based on a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang, whose themes reflect family, human nature, and acceptance of differences – we can guarantee that parents won’t be bored!

After washing up on the shores of West Africa, a baby boy is taken in and raised by gorillas, where he strives to adapt and be accepted by his adoptive family. Years later, when a human expedition finds their way into gorilla territory and Tarzan encounters creatures like himself for the first time, Tarzan begins to question his human origins, and where he truly belongs.

Hannah Barn directs an incredibly talented cast of all ages across only 6 shows, in a production that both the young and young at heart will love.

“Tarzan is a fun filled show for the whole family. The music alone, written by Phil Collins, is reason enough for you to get a ticket! We’ve set it in modern day and given Jane a more appropriate outfit for exploring and discovering the jungle. With gorillas being an endangered species, it’s been a very educational journey bringing to life this Disney Classic. It’s a story about nontraditional families and discovering one’s true self, and understanding that at the heart of it all – it’s all above love and acceptance.”

Hannah is proud to lead a cast of all ages, including a full ensemble of both kids and adults, as well as featured dancers (whose impressive and fast-paced numbers are led by skilled choreographer Teale Howie) to support the roster of gifted leads.

“My cast is incredible – the youngest is 7 years old – and they bring to life the fun and energetic characters with such truth and passion that you can’t help smiling and dancing along.”

SEASON DETAILS:
Wednesday 10 July 2019 7:30 PM
Thursday 11 July 2019 7:30 PM
Friday 12 July 2019 7:30 PM
Saturday 13 July 2019 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday 14 July 2019 4:00 PM

at the Bryan Brown Theatre, corner Rickard Road and Chapel Road, Bankstown

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW –

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For more about Tarzan The Stage Musical – Canterbury Theatre Guild, visit https://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/bryan-brown-theatre
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LEADING LADIES @ Pavilion Theatre, Doran Drive, Castle Hill

Let the fun begin and continue to the very end of this highly amusing farce written by American playwright Ken Ludwig. Set in York, Pennsylvania in 1962, the play centres on two down-on-their-luck British Shakespearean actors, Leo Clark and Jack Gable who, just when all seems lost have a ”good” idea. Of course complication after complication piles up as the audience wonders how they characters can possibly extricate themselves successfully.                           Continue reading LEADING LADIES @ Pavilion Theatre, Doran Drive, Castle Hill

MANAGING CARMEN : GREAT LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

A very light, entertaining night of theatre awaits you if you make your way across to Rockdale. This is one of the funniest plays in Williamson’s extensive reprtoire..

The scenario. David Williamson’s play takes us into the world of elite sport. Brent is an elite sportsman, an Aussie Rules football player who has won two Brownlow medals. As is well known, elite sportsmen make a heap of money out of advertising, from putting their name to various products.

Brent is managed by leading sports agent Rohan. Rohan has been trying to get Brent some good deals but they keep on being unstuck by Brent’s complete lack of charisma. Brent is just so wooden that Rohan simply can’t clinch a deal.

Hard times call for desperate measures, after all Rohan knows that there is good money to be made out of Brent. Rohan calls in sports psychologist Jessica to see if she can get install some perkiness, some spunk into Brent’s character. He also wants Jessica to do some ‘digging’ to see if there’s anything troubling Brent. Continue reading MANAGING CARMEN : GREAT LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

MOSMAN MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘A NIGHT ON BROADWAY’

Mosman Musical Society proudly presents an original show about a TV talent quest, its contestants and the crazy world of high stakes television, set to glorious showstoppers from the full gamut of musical theatre. Great characters, wacky conflict, love and romance, and just plain goofiness, with music everyone will know and love.

Written by Clare Gerber, who has had plenty of experience of television, and directed by Nick Bone, A Night On Broadway is a hilarious spoof on the world of the television talent quest in the age of Instagram!

The show tells the story of the battling contestants, the frustrated tv executive, and the result of the ultimate showdown on prime time, with songs from a huge range of classic Broadway musicals.

This is a true homage to Broadway, and very, very funny. The show will include a talented array of community theatre performers from all over town, with musical direction by Dominique Parker and choreography by Chris Bamford, production design by Alex Cotton, and creative direction by Susan Boyle. Director Nick Bone brings a wealth of experience in musical theatre.

DATES FOR THE DIARY
4 July 7.30pm, 5 July 7.30pm, 6 July 2pm, 6 July 7.30pm at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney

For more about A Night On Broadway, visit https://www.theindependent.org.au
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HUNTERS HILL THEATRE PRESENTS ‘PLAY ON’

Play On! tells the story of a plucky community theatre group trying desperately to produce a murder mystery play with a plot which doesn’t actually have a murder, an interfering playwright who keeps changing the script, and an increasingly disgruntled cast and crew.

All your typical ‘theatre types’ make an appearance in this hilarious romp. The Director (Susan Mozell) along with the Stage Manager (Carol Keeble) and Lighting and Sound Technician (Frances Etheridge) work furiously to keep on top of the Playwright’s (Anthea Brown) script changes and keep her out of the way of the bickering cast, which includes Character Actors (Michael Richmond and Lois Marsh), a Supporting Actor (Georgia Golledge), a Villain (Mark Massingham), a Juvenile (Blake Eaton) and an Ingenue (Prudence Foxe).

Presented in 3 acts, the audience is witness to a rehearsal of the dreadful show ‘Murder Most Foul’ (Act 1), a disastrous dress rehearsal (Act II), and the ‘Opening Night’ performance (Act 3), in which anything that can go wrong, does.

If you like Noises Off!, the Play That Goes Wrong, or have ever been a part of a community theatre production, then you’ll love Play on!

DATES FOR THE DIARY 
June 7: 7:30pm | June 8: 2pm & 7:30pm |June 9: 2pm | June 14: 7:30pm | June 15: 2pm & 7:30pm | June 16: 2pm at Hunters Hill Theatre, 22 Alexandra Street Hunters Hill 2110.

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SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE RIPPER MURDERS @ THE GENESIAN THEATRE

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE RIPPER MURDERS has been written by Brian Clemens and is deftly directed by Jesse Davis.

Numerous theories have been expounded about the identity of Jack the Ripper who committed heinous crimes against vulnerable women in White Chapel in the East East of London in the late 19th century. This play follows one line of thought leading to an astonishing denouement with political conspiracies and sinister suspects.

Act 1 finds Detective Sherlock Holmes talking to Sir Robert Anderson about “the brutal, barbaric Ripper murders. Sir Robert replies that it is “the work of a deranged mind’, Dr Watson, Sherlock’s assistant , describes it as ‘a riddle’.

Holmes has  a letter written in the blood of his latest victim and says that they have “stumbled on something”. Holmes then meets widow and clairvoyant Mrs Kate Mead at a function. She tells him what she is seeing in her mind. There’s a man who is coming to his office who has valuable information. He must leave the party. After prevaricating  Holmes takes her advise. He tells Mrs Mead ‘she has a talent’ to which she replies “it’s a curse’.

In Act 2 Holmes tells Dr Watson that he must find Annie Crooks who he describes as the ‘last missing link’.

A relationship develops between Holmes and Kate Mead. He tells her he ‘was foolish’ to which he replies he is ‘dedicated and cautious’.

Holmes tells Sir William that her instincts are uncanny and that ‘the Ripper is attacking the soft underbelly of the poor’. Also, ‘the bush is in the garden and not to be beaten around’. Further he remarks, ‘Justice is the eternal cleanser’.

Holmes finds Annie Crooks and asks her if she knows Mary Kelly. The pieces of the puzzle are put together. What is the connection? Place the Queen’s Doctor and the Prime Minister into the scenario and Holmes adds up all the clues.

A talented cast perform an assorted array of colourful characters.

Sherlock Holmes is played by John Willis-Richards who has to remember the bulk of the lines. He gives a confident, self assured performance demonstrating Sherlock’s powerful observations and analytical abilities. This Holmes is stylish, authoritative, and with just  the right amount of emotion.

Credit goes to Sherlock’s colleague and also biographer Dr John Watson who is played by Peter David Allison. There is a good rapport between Willis-Richards and Allison.

Special mention needs to be made of Zoe Crawford’s fine performance as Kate Mead, the clairvoyant, with whom Holmes has a flirtation.

Sandra Bass impressed in her performance as the amusing Mrs Hudson. Sherlock’s landlady.

James  Charles and David Stewart-Hunter played two distinguished gentlemen, Sir Robert Anderson and Sir William Gull who Holmes interacted with.

Mathew Carufel played the sinister John Netley.

A number of the cast did well doubling up and gave good performances in their roles. Peter Bertoni played the  Stranger who turns up at Sherlock’s door and Bradbury, Warren Paul  Glover played Saunders and Lord Salisbury, Douglas Spafford played a .Lamplighter, a Policeman and a Beggar, Celeste Loyzaga played Catherine Eddowes and Annie Crooks and Heaven-Cheyenne Campbell played Mary Kelly and a Young Woman.

The set design by Bronte Barnicoat was finely detailed. There were torn posters reading- Beware the Ripper and Ghastly Murder in the East End on the gas lit cobbled streets.

The main action took place in Sherlock’s living room. There were two chairs, a coat and hat rack, doors and red curtains on the window. There were brandy balloons and a decanter on the mantlepiece.

In Act 2  there were ropes hanging off a post on the side of the stage depicting the dockyards.

Costumes by Peter Henson were evocative of the Victorian era and were lavish. These included suits, capes, tuxedo jackets, waistcoat and top hat (worn by Sherlock) to the fetching salmon pink dress and hat worn by Kate Mead.

Lighting and sound design by Michael Schell with melodramatic music are effective in creating a pervading, sinister atmosphere which is palpable and provide for a heightened sense of foreboding.

It is elementary. Make your way to the Genesian Theatre for SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE RIPPER MURDERS. It is a ripping good yarn.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE RPPER MURDERS  is playing the Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent Street until the 15th June, 2019. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 4.30pm.

http://www.genesiantheatre.com.au

All photos by Craig O’Regan (c)

PYGMALION @ THE NEW THEATRE

This was a highly entertaining production of George Bernard Shaw’s classic play.

It is the turn of the 20th century and in a newly industrialised England class barriers are breaking down.

Eliza Dolittle- an aspirational young flower girl with no money and unintelligible speech- sees a chance to escape the destiny of her birth. Language lessons from the wealthy linguistics professor Henry Higgins seem like just the ticket. But a ticket to what?

Deborah Mulhall’s production embraces the aesthetics of Steampunk to explore subjects of class division snd social mobility in a world where people worth is judged not by who they are but by the way they speak.

Though the sparkling wit satirises the stifling nature of Edwardian society, profound parallels can also be drawn to our own society.

For all its profundity PYGMALION is a .richly comic play. The scene where Eliza meets the Professor’s mother for the first time is hysterical with Eliza’s constant refrain ‘how do you do?’ echoing with laughter from the audience. It is in the league of another of Eliza’s pet sayings ‘I’m a good girl, I am.’

Mulhall keeps the action coming at a fast pace right from the start of the show with the flower girls ‘outside Covent Garden and in the pouring rain’ interacting with audience members, trying to sell some of their roses from their baskets..
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ENGADINE MUSICAL SOCIETY : CINDERELLA

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The Prince is Giving a Ball and you’re invited! This May join Cinderella, her friends and not so friendly stepsisters as they take you back to the magical world of one of the most loved fairytales.

This May Engadine Musical Society is bringing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, Cinderella to the Engadine Community Centre.

Originally written for television, the show tells the tale a Cinderella, a young woman who is oppressed by her malicious and self-obsessed step mother and sisters. With the help of the Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a beautiful maiden and finds her prince.

President, Sue Bunt, says the show was the perfect choice for the company’s May 2019 production. “We wanted to do a show that parents and grandparents could share with their families and Cinderella seemed the perfect fit.” Continue reading ENGADINE MUSICAL SOCIETY : CINDERELLA

ENRIGHT ON THE NIGHT @ THE GENESIAN THEATRE

I love shows like this where one gets to know some things about the person behind all the work. Nick Enright left a large canon of work and his plays are still regularly performed on our stages.

These are just some of my jottings from the show.

Enright was born in Maitland  and went to school at Riverview where he was Drama Captain. He was obsessed with theatre from very early on. There’s a story of how he stood by the stage door at the Capitol theatre attired in his school uniform so he could meet Nancye Hayes.

He was a prolific poet with many of his poems having a light, comic touch.

With his film script Lorenzo’s Oil, which he co-wrote with George Miller, he was offered the chance to settle in Los Angeles but he rejected it, wanting to stay based in Australia. He was very patriotic and he wrote definitively Australian characters with Aussie vernacular.

There’s a lovely scene during the play where the Peter Allen song ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ is sung with audience participation. Some may not know that Enright wrote the book to the international hit that was The Boy From Oz. Continue reading ENRIGHT ON THE NIGHT @ THE GENESIAN THEATRE

MURDER ON THE NILE @ HUNTERS HILL THEATRE

Hunters Hill Theatre Company starts off the year with an impressive production of  Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE NILE. We spend two hours, including one interval, with Christie’s motley crew of characters.

A murder takes place on board a cruise place on a cruise ship going down the Nile. There is no Inspector Hercule Poirot on board so it is left to those on board to piece the pieces together and find the murderer before he strikes again.

Jennifer Willison’s staging was excellent and she wins good performances from a cast who clearly relished playing in a Christie.

Courtney Gibson  and Blake Eaton play glamorous newly wed couple Kay Ridgeway and husband Simon. Courtney impressed playing the princess like, born with a silver spoon in her mouth Kay, as did Blake playing her handsome, mild mannered husband. Continue reading MURDER ON THE NILE @ HUNTERS HILL THEATRE

DAYLIGHT SAVING @ THE GUILD THEATRE, ROCKDALE

The starting point to Nick  Enright’s DAYLIGHT SAVING is unremarkable.  The play takes place in March 1989 around the time when Daylight Saving is about to end for another year.

A middle class North Shore couple, Tom and Felicity, are struggling to find time together. Tom, a high profile sports agent, is always travelling overseas to cater to the whims of his clients. He is about to head off and  Felicity- nicknamed Flick- chides him, again.

Enright packs in interesting plot lines, farcical situations, quirky characters and zingy one liners to keep audiences well entertained up to a very neat finishing line.                         Continue reading DAYLIGHT SAVING @ THE GUILD THEATRE, ROCKDALE