Community Theatre

MOM’S GIFT : A HILARIOUS AND HEART WARMING COMEDY

Sutherland Theatre Company’s first production for 2019 is Phil Olsen’s hilarious and heart warming comedy, MOMS GIFT.
Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission; she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. But there are so many things to fix. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad’s birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one the family’s secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost.

The talented cast is as follows:
Kat – Belinda Balhatchet
Mrs Norquist – Sandra Archer
Brittney – Holly Johnston
Mom – Valerie McMullan
Dad – Tony Girdler
Trish – Christiane Brawley
Kevin – Paul Byrne Less

DATES
March 1st at 8pm, 2nd at 2pm, 3rd at 2pm, 7th at 8pm, 8th at 8pm, 9th at 8pm and 10th at 2pm @ Sutherland Memorial School of the Arts.

For more about Mom’s Gift by Phil Olsen, visit https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=445270
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A BUNCH OF AMATEURS. A GIVEAWAY FOR OUR SHIRE READERS

Stratford Players invite you to their latest show A BUNCH OF AMATEURS a fun new show at the Arts Theatre Cronulla.

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steel arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity, and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!

A BUNCH OF AMATEURS will play at the Arts Theatre Cronulla [Facebook]  on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 15th Feb to 23rd March 8 pm.

With thanks to Stratford Players, Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass giveaway to A BUNCH OF AMATEURS. The prize is available for any night of the season.  Please advise your preferred attendance date on your entry.

To be in the running, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 
with BUNCH_OF_AMATEURS as the subject and your full name and the night you wish to attend.

Competition closes Midnight on Thursday February 14, 2019 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be available at the box office on the evening of performance.

THEATRE OUTSIDE THE CENTRE: GET INTO IT IN 2019

This image: OUR HOUSE – Bankstown Theatre Company
Featured image: Karen Zhao

There’s theatre all over Sydney and most have announced for 2019.  Check out what’s happening near you.

Subscribe to a newsletter.  Or you can always join up and get involved, you are never lonely when you are part of a theatre family.

Ashfield Musical Society   LEGALLY BLONDE

Bankstown Theatre Company – YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN/ MY FAIR LADY

Bard on the Beach –  THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KING JOHN/ THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Continue reading THEATRE OUTSIDE THE CENTRE: GET INTO IT IN 2019

WHAT SANTA DOES OTHER DAYS OF THE YEAR : NEWS FROM NUMBER 1 NORTH POLE

Roger Gimblett’s play is a lot of fun and a good family show in time for the festive season.

Walking into the theatre to collect the tickets everyone was in good spirits- Christmas decorations were up and the bar staff were wearing reindeer antlers and serving champagne.

WHAT SANTA DOES OTHER DAYS OF THE YEAR started with Alf the Elf played by a very energetic Puck like Tristan Black doing a bit of a comic spot.  His face appeared from out of the curtain and then he came out and started complaining about the guy in the bio box not lighting him properly. It was the start of a host of jokes including : ‘you behave and raise the curtains or it will be curtains for you’ and ‘the lighting man only took the job because it was light work’.  (Before moving on, just a note to say that Act 2 started in a similar vein with some byplay by Alf the Elf).

Alf the Elf went on to introduce all the characters taking part in the play. There was of-course Santa Claus played by a  endearing Doug Rumble. We find out what Santa does the other days of the year – prepare of-course. Get the presents ready. Reply to mail. Spend time with the family. All from his home at Number 1 North Pole. Garry Bates’ set of Santa’s living room was nicely laid out with including of-course a Christmas Tree, sofa and chairs, mailbox, a fireplace with a stocking hanging out and a stable door for the reindeer. Continue reading WHAT SANTA DOES OTHER DAYS OF THE YEAR : NEWS FROM NUMBER 1 NORTH POLE

BROADWAY BOUND @ THE NEW THEATRE

Broadway Bound is a semi-autobiographical play by the late great American Jewish playwright Neil Simon. It is the last chapter in his Eugene trilogy, following Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues.

I am  very partial to this kind of autobiographical play because of its structure. By this I mean that the play had a main character narrator who gives us a greater insight into the characters which I find particularly satisfying. It is a complex thing to do but Simon carries it out triumphantly. It creates a feeling of intimacy that draws you irresistibly closer to the play’s heartbeat.

The play works by way of a narrator who is Eugene, the Neil Simon character. He shares us with us the dramatic goings on within his family. The play starts with the time that Eugene and his brother Stanley are starting to make inroads in their writing careers, writing skits for CBS radio.

There are so many good moments. The interactions between mother and son especially the closing scenes…the moment when Kate polishes her beloved dining room table which the play ends on…

The interplay between the two brothers as they work on their comedy script to submit to CBS radio effectively conveys to the audience their rising level of excitement which is quite infectious.

The play was well directed by Rosane McNamara. Her love of the play shone through, infusing her enthusiasm into the lively performances of the actors.

The consistency and quality of the New York accents enunciated by the actors gave this play an authenticity which transported one to a working class suburb in New York in the late 40’s after his left the Army(Biloxi Blues was set in his army days).

Patrick Holman gave a well judged, very engaging performance in the main role of Eugene (the Neil Simon character).

Simon Lee gave a really energy charged performance as Eugene’s enterprising brother, Stanley.

Suzann James was very convincing as Kate, a typical conservative, over protective jewish mother.

Brett Heath gave a very sound performance as the boys father, Jack Jerome. Jack’s marriage to Kate is on the rocks and the boys can sense trouble ahead. Heath also played the role of a radio host.

Les Asmussen plays the boys warm hearted, socialist grandfather, Ben Epstein who plays a big part in their lives.

Susan Jordan plays Ben’s sister, Blanche, who tries to convince Ben to join his wife in the sunshine of Florida. Blanche has married into wealth and is in a position to help her brother out. Susan also plays the role of mrs Pitkin and a radio host.

Nick Curnow and Jesse Shore played voice parts (from the CBS radio program coming out of a vintage old radio) and weren’t seen on stage. 

A lovely set was designed by Allan Walpole featuring a family living room where most of the action takes place and then behind the family room are the boys two bedrooms. Further back is a little hallway leading to the bedrooms of the mother and grandfather.

If you want a rewarding night’s entertainment make sure that you are Newtown bound. BROADWAY BOUND is playing the New Theatre 542 King Street, Newtown until 15 December 2018.

www.mewtheatre.com.au

 

CALENDAR GIRLS @ HUNTERS HILL THEATRE

Think The Full Monty except this time you have the women stripping off for charity and you have CALENDAR GIRLS. The play which previously was a film is based on the true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for leukaemia research under the auspices of the Women’s Institute in April 1999.

In the play Annie Clarke loses her husband John from leukaemia and at the suggestion of her friend Chris comes up with the idea of replacing a badly worn-out sofa at the local hospital which treated John. The way that Annie and Chris decide  to fund the purchase is by way of producing the calendar with their girlfriends from the Women’s Institute.  The girls had little idea of how successful the calendar would be. They made so much money that they ended up being able to purchase a whole wing at the hospital which was named after him.

Christopher Hamilton  very competently directs this production for Hunters Hill Theatre Company. Hamilton wins good performances from his cast. The nude scenes are done by tantalising inference with agricultural produce covering their breasts.

Liz Grindley gives a very polished performance as the ringleader of the girls, the extroverted, Chris.

As the quieter, more conservative Annie Clark, Anna Desjardins plays her part well.

Liz Lynch plays Cora, a shop owner and divorced single mother who is the organist of the Women’s Institute.

Diane Wilson  plays retired schoolteacher Jessie.

Claudia Bedford plays sexy Celia.

GregThornton plays the photographer and John Clark’s nurse.

Murray  Fane plays Rod, Chris’s husband, a florist.

Georgia Colledge plays Elaine.

Penny Church plays Ruth Reynoldson, a carpet dealer’s housewife.

Michael Richmond plays John, Annie’s dying husband.

Susan Mozell plays Marie, the chairwoman of the Women’s Institute.

Christopher Hamilton designed the one set of a church hall in Yorkshire with the use of a lectern indicating when the location had changed to a conference gathering in London.

Wayne  Chee’s lighting design works well.

There is bridging music between scenes featuring instrumental music.

Recommended, CALENDAR GIRLS is playing the Hunters Hill Theatre, 22 Alexandria Street, Hunters Hill until 25 November, 2018.

http://www.huntershilltheatre.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FALSE PRETENCES : IN THE MOOD FOR A FARCE?

About the show: When confidence trickster Victor Blake descends on his long suffering sister and brother-in-law after a spell in prison he finds that they have a guest – an attractive and wealthy widow. He sees this as a solution to his financial problems and deploys his charm and trickery to ensnare her. But one scheme founders after another until Victor finds himself in more trouble than he can handle. A fabulous farce from the ever reliable Eric Chappell.

Cast: Beattie, Robert Stewart, Anita Lenzo, Jeff Houston, Gareth Martin, Vanessa Henderson and Scott Brawley.

Tickets: Adults: $25 Concessions: $22 Groups (10+) $20.

DATES
Friday, 16 November @ 8pm; Saturday, 17 November @8pm; and Sunday, 18 November @2pm

VEBUE

The Sutherland Memorial School of Arts
25 East Parade, Sutherland, NSW 2232

For more about False Pretences – by Eric Chappell, visit https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=330183
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HATING ALISON ASHLEY @ CASULA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

At Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble, we’ve been working hard on putting together a performance of HATING ALISON ASHLEY. It’s been 30 years since Australian playwright Robin Klein wrote this absolutely classic school-based play, and to celebrate, we’re putting on a run of shows at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre between October 24th-27th.

HATING ALISON ASHLEY covers lots of issues relevant to teenage life, including identity, bullying, and jealousy. But we all have the capacity to relate! We’ve been using adults with the ability to play children in year six. The result is a melodramatic, amusing and highly entertaining adaptation. Our cast is young, enthusiastic, and dynamic, making the play accessible to all.

A lot has happened in thirty years, and so we’ve made a few small changes to ensure its relevance in 2018. Whether you’re a school group or an adult, you’ll enjoy our interpretation directed by Jane Matts. Guaranteed!

DATES
Wed 24th October – 11.00am & 7.30pm Thur 25th October – 11.00am Fri 26th October – 11.00am & 7.30pm Sat 27th October – 2.00pm & 7.30pm at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

For more about Hating Alison Ashley, visit http://www.casulapowerhouse.com/whats-on/lcc-whats-on/hating-alison-ashley
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PLAYTIME IS THIS YEAR’S THEME FOR BAREBOARDS

BAREBOARDS began as an initiative to provide members with additional acting opportunities, to view interesting work, get involved in smaller productions as techies, stage managers and to present their own works as writers and directors.

This year the program is titled PLAYTIME and the show  features 6 original, short plays written, directed & performed by  Arts Theatre Cronulla members.

Each play is under 30 minutes in length.
The evening is divided into 2 Acts. Each Act is approximately 60 minutes in length.  There is a 20 minute interval where refreshments will be available.  A supper will be provided at the end of the evening.

PLAYTIME from Arts Theatre Cronulla [Facebook] runs 12, 14,15 September at Arts Theatre Cronulla, Surf Road, Cronulla.

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID UP NEXT FOR ROCKDALE MUSICAL SOCIETY

 

This image: James Casimiro as Sebastian
Featured image: Nicole Butler as Ariel                                 Photos by Rod Herbert

Rockdale Musical Society is proud to present DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID with Book by Doug Wright, Music by Alan Menken, and Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World."

Ariel, played by Nicole Butler, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric, played by Matthew Harter, in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, portrayed by Ellie Phillips, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, played by Bille-Rose Brotherson, Scuttle the seagull, played by Tim Wotherspoon, and Sebastian the crab, played by James Musumeci, to restore order under the sea.

Directed by Cathy Boyle, this Disney classic with a cast of over 40 people will delight audiences and warm the hearts of both the young and the old. Cathy is supported in bringing her vision of this magical show to the stage by Musical Director Kane Wheatley and Choreographer Ste Casimiro.

Rockdale Musical Society‘s [Facebook]  DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID  will run from September 7th, through September16th, 2018

I’LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT @ GUILD THEATRE ROCKDALE

The Guild Theatre’s new production is the clever thriller  I’LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT by Peter Colley directed by Jennifer Gilchrist.

In Colley’s play, Jan and her husband Greg rent out a remote farm house to aid jan’s recovery from a nervous breakdown. Their serenity is disrupted by the local farmer George who revels in gruesome ghost stories and odd behaviour- along with the arrival of Greg’s malevolent sister, Laura. Strange occurrences begin and suspense builds up as spine chilling shocks intermingle with deadly humour. A nightmare  unfolds that keeps audiences fully engaged.

The play is a four hander with the cast comprising  Lani Crooks as the mentally fragile Jan Sanderson, George Gleeson as her seemingly very devoted  husband George, the difficult to like Laura Sanderson, Jan’s sister in law, played by  Natalija Karna, and quirky farmer George Willowby played by Robert Mason.

The set has been designed by Bill Ayers and Jim Farrow.

I’LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT runs until September 1, 2018 at the Guild Theatre, Walz Street, Rockdale. Performances are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm as well as matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.