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Eighteen Twelve Theatre – NEVER THE SINNER by John Logan, directed by Geoff Hickey ~ In 1924 Chicago Nathan Leopold Jr., age 18, and Robert Loeb, age 19, killed 14 year old Bobby Franks. Why would wealthy young men murder an innocent boy?
5 – 28 October        8pm Wednesdays to Saturdays    2pm 2nd & 3rd Sundays of the season
Bakery@1812, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully   www.1812theatre.com.au   9758 3964

Babirra Music Theatre – THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE directed by Karl McNamara ~ in the 1920s, with music to match, a naive young woman finds herself in the midst of a series of madcap adventures when she sets her sights on marrying her wealthy boss
6 – 14 October     8pm Thursdays to Saturdays,   2pm Saturdays & Sundays
Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading www.babirra.org.au   9262 6555

Croydon Parish Players – JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT ~ a feel-good musical, adapted from the Book of Genesis
6 – 14 October    8pm 6, 7, 12 & 13  2pm Saturday 7, 5pm Saturday 14 October
Mahon Theatre at Aquinas College, Grand Ryrie Street, Ringwood
www.CroydonParishPlayers.com    0447 014 584 (7pm – 9pm)

Gemco Players – OLIVER! ~ Charles Dickens meets Lionel Bart
6 – 21 October   8pm Fridays & Saturdays, 6pm Sunday 8, 3pm Sunday 15
The Gem Theatre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald
www.gemcoplayers.org     5968 2844

StageartMEMPHIS the Musical ~ Memphis in the 1950’s, rock & roll is about to take over the world, a white radio DJ who wants to change the rules and a black club singer who is ready for her big break . . .
6 – 28 October  7:30 Wednesday to Saturdays  4pm Sun 8  1:30 Saturdays & Sundays
Chapel Off Chapel

Wyndham Theatre Company – ALMOST MAINE ~ nine short plays exploring love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost in Maine USA
13 – 14 October  7:30 Friday & Saturday   also 2:30 Saturday    * VDL Awards Entry * 
Joy Bevan Theatre, Duncans Rd Werribee (Werribee Secondary College Campus)
www.wyndhamtheatrecompany.org.au     Alaine Beek  0439 690 091

MLOC Productions – SHOUT! ~ The legend of the Wild One
6 – 21 October    8pm Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday   4pm Sunday  2pm Sat 21
Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale
www.mloc.org.au      9551 7514

Dionysus Theatre – MACBETH ~ William Shakespeare’s Scottish play
13 – 21 October      Fridays, Saturdays & Thurs 19    * VDL Awards Entry *  
McClelland Secondary College, 26 Alexander Cres, Frankston East
www.dionysustheatre.com.au

Encore Theatre – CACTUS FLOWER by Abe Burrows, directed by Ewen Crockett ~ packed with fast jokes, mistaken identities and misunderstandings – the film starred Walter Mattau, Ingrid Bergman & Goldie Horn
13 – 28 October  8pm Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday 26 Oct    2:15 Sundays & final Saturday
Clayton Community Centre Theatrette, Cooke Street
www.encoretheatre.com.au     1300 739 099  (0409 210 870)

Off the Leash Theatre – THE LARAMIE PROJECT ~ the story of a young man’s tragic death, focusing on the fallout and impact of violence and crime on a rural community. 
13 – 28 October      7:30 Fridays,  2pm & 7:30 Saturdays
Old Drouin Butter Factory, 2A Main South Road, Drouin        
www.offtheleashtheatre.com.au
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Old Scotch Music & Drama Association – CHESS ~ A Cold War tournament with music by Abba’s Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice
19 – 28 October
     7:45 Thursdays – Saturdays & Wednesday Oct 25, 3pm Sunday Oct
Geoffrey McComas Theatre, Scotch College Campus, 1 Morrison St. Hawthorn
www.osmad.com.au    0414 413 013

CLOC Music Theatre – A CHORUS LINE by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban, directed by Richard Perdriau ~ Seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line . . .
20 – 28 October      8pm Wednesday  – Saturdays      2pm Saturdays & Sunday Oct 22
National Theatre, 20 Carlisle St. (Cnr Barkly St.), St Kilda   www.cloc.org.au    1300 362 547

Cathouse Players – SHUT YOUR EYES AND THINK OF ENGLAND ~ madcap, fast moving adventure set in London’s corporate world involving a high class call girl, mistaken identity, assumed identity, deception, a complicated plot to save Britain from bankruptcy and the unexpected arrival of a millionaire Middle Eastern Sheik
21 – 29 October   8pm Saturdays & Friday 27    2pm Sundays
Kyneton Masonic Centre, 7 Yaldwyn Street West, Kyneton  
www.cathouseplayers.com.au

Singing Strong – LITTLE WOMEN ~ Broadway musical using Louisa Alcott’s famous novel
27 – 29 October    7:30 Friday & Saturday   1:30 Saturday & Sunday
Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Grey Street, Traralgon    5176 3333

Burning House – TITUS ANDRONICUS ~ William Shakespeare’s lamentable Roman tragedy
27 – 29 October      6:30 Friday & Saturday, 3:30 Sunday
The Open Stage, University of Melbourne, Parkville
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PEP Productions – REEFER MADNESS ~ a musical satire of the 1936 cult classic movie
26 October – 4 November         Thursdays to Saturdays
Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd.   www.pepproductions.org.au    0423 935 320

Malvern Theatre Company – TWENTIETH CENTURY by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, directed by Nicholas Opolski ~ a domineering Broadway producer, recently bankrupted by failed theatrical projects, is on the Twentieth Century – a train that goes between Chicago and New York.  Also on board is a chorus girl he transformed into a Broadway star. Pandemonium ensues among the trainload of eccentric characters
27 October – 11 November    8:15 Wednesdays – Saturdays + Tuesday final week 
2pm Sundays & 1st Saturday         * VDL Awards Entry *
29a Burke Rd, East Malvern     www.malverntheatre.com.au   1300 131 552

Nova Music Theatre – LES MISÉRABLES by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg ~ the musical masterpiece set in revolutionary France based on Victor Hugo’s novel
28 October – 12 November    8pm Thursday to Saturdays  2pm Saturdays & Sundays
EXTRA SHOWS 2pm Saturday 28 Oct. (Preview discounted tix)  8pm Wednesday 8 Nov
Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading
www.novamusictheatre.com.au       1300 304 433  or 9727 0192

Warragul Theatre Company – SONG CONTEST ~ The Almost Eurovision Experience
3 – 11 November   7:30 Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday 9, 1:30 both Saturdays & Sunday 5
Warragul Exhibition Hall, 15 Howitt St, Warragul (Next to Warragul Show Grounds)
www.warragultheatrecompany.org.au      0415 464 869

Fab Nobs Theatre – CHICAGO ~ Set in 1920s Chicago, Kander & Ebb’s musical satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the ‘celebrity criminal’
3 – 18 November  8pm Fridays, Saturdays, Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 Nov  5pm Sundays
The Fab Factory, 33 Industry Place, Bayswater
www.fabnobstheatre.com.au     Anne  0401 018 846

Torquay Theatre Troup – WHEN DAD MARRIED FURY ~ David Williamson play as an older man arrives home with a new young wife and his adult sons and their wives see their inheritance slipping away. But events take some unexpected turns
6 – 19 November    8pm 6, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18     2pm Sunday 12 Nov
Theatre: 16 Price St., Torquay
www.ttt.org.au     5261 6111  

Strathmore Theatre Arts Group (STAG) – CHARITABLE INTENT & FACE TO FACE selections from the Jack Manning Trilogy by David Williamson, directed by Roderick Chappel ~ two plays using community conferencing to explore workplace conflict
9 – 19 November      8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sundays
Strathmore Community Hall, Cnr. Loeman & Napier Streets, Strathmore
www.stagtheatre.org       Drew: 9382 6284 (ah)

Mooroolbark Theatre Group – BECKY’S NEW CAR ~ Caught in middle age, middle management and a marriage on cruise control, Becky is about to take the ride of her life.
9 – 19 November    8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sunday
Red Earth Theatre @ Mooroolbark Community Centre, 125 Bryce Ave Mooroolbark
www.mtg.org.au    0490 769 245

Brighton Theatre Company – THE RETURN by Reg Cribb, directed by Deborah Fabbro ~ a thug and his junior partner in crime take a late night train from Perth to Fremantle, menacing passengers along the way. Riding the uneasy line between comedy and terror, a tautly written study in peer pressure, anxiety and suppressed violence.
9 – 25 November  8pm Wednesdays to Saturdays   2pm Sundays and middle Saturday
Bayside Cultural Centre, Carpenter St., Brighton (Enter off Wilson St.)
www.brightontheatreco.com   1300 752 126

Lilydale Athenæum Theatre Company – SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS by Richard Alferi, directed by Alan Burrows ~ A frantic comedy, acerbic and painfully funny, exploring friendship, marriage and what it ultimately means to be happy.
9 – 25 Nov.  8:15 Wednesdays to Saturdays + Tuesday 21    2:15 Sun 12, Sat 18 & Sun 19
Lilydale Athenæum Theatre, Castella Street, Lilydale    www.lilydaletc.com   9735 1777

Williamstown Musical Theatre Company – RENT ~ Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Jonathan Larsen’s update on the La Bohème story set in 20th Century New York
10 – 25 November     8pm Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday 23    2pm Sundays  
Williamstown Mechanics Institute     www.wmtc.org.au     1300 881 545

Mordialloc Theatre Company – LEADING LADIES by Ken Ludwig, directed by Tim Long ~ From the writer of Lend Me a Tenor, a comedy set in the 1950s about two Shakespearian actors who resolve to pass themselves off as beloved relatives to secure an old lady’s fortune
10– 25 November     8pm Thursdays to Saturdays   2:30 Sundays & second Saturday
Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale    www.mordialloctheatre.com  9587 5141

Beaumaris Theatre – DEATH BY FATAL MURDER by Peter Gordon, directed by Robyn Morris ~ a black comedy, the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
10 – 25 November    8pm Fridays & Saturdays + Thursday 23 Nevember    5pm Sundays
Beaumaris Theatre, 82 Wells Rd     www.beaumaristheatre.com.au      9583 6896

The Basin Theatre Group – AUSTRALIA DAY by Jonathan Biggins ~ the local committee is planning the town’s biggest party but it’s hard yakka as everyone from the Greens to the local mayor and the CWA wants a piece of the party pie
10 November – 2 December     8pm Thursdays to Saturdays   2pm Sundays
Cnr Simpson & Doongalla Rd., The Basin    www.thebasintheatre.org.au     1300 784 668

Tangled Web Theatre & Avid Theatre – BETRAYAL by Harold Pinter, directed by Bruce Cochrane ~ a 1978 play with love, lust, trust and infidelity
15 – 19 November    8pm Wednesday – Saturday    2pm Saturday & Sunday  
Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote
Bookings: www.northcotetownhall.com.au

Eltham Little Theatre MURDER’S IN THE HEIR ~ almost every character in the hilarious mystery has the weapon, opportunity and motive to commit the unseen murder
16 November – 2 December   Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Road, Research
www.elthamlittletheatre.org.au       0411 713 095

Williamstown Little Theatre – THE 39 STEPS by John Buchan adapted by Patrick Barlow, directed by Barbara Hughes ~ The 39 Steps – what is their devilish secret? To find out, Richard Hannay must travel to the Scottish Highlands, foil dastardly foreign agents, cross the moors (many times) and win over the girl. Join the cast of hundreds (well, four actually – all we could afford) in this mad-cap whodunit based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film.
16 November – 2 December      8:15 Tuesdays to Saturdays   2pm Sundays
2-4 Albert Street, Williamstown    www.wlt.org.au     9885 9678

Heidelberg Theatre Company – BLOOD BROTHERS by Willy Russell (Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine), directed by Bruce Akers ~ Set in Liverpool, the captivating and moving tale of the Johnstone twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences
17 November – 2 December 8pm Wednesdays – Saturdays   2pm Sundays & last Saturday
36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna       www.htc.org.au      9457 4117

Warrandyte Theatre Company – BRIEF ENCOUNTER ~ Vintage Noel Coward with songs
17 November  – 2 December  8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sunday
Mechanics Institute Hall, Yarra St, Warrandyte

Peridot Theatre – BLOODY MURDER by Ed Sala, directed by Dexter Bourke ~ Hilarious murder-mystery as a group of the usual types gathers at a country estate. Suddenly one of them dies of poison but why won’t her ladyship call the police?
17 November – 2 December    8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays  2:15 1st Sunday & 2nd Saturday   4:00 2nd Sunday
Unicorn Theatre, Mt. Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Rd, Mt Waverley  
www.peridot.com.au  9808 0770

Geelong Repertory Theatre Company THE BUTLER DID IT by Tim Kelly, directed by Jon Mamonski ~ This comedy parodies every English mystery play ever written: but with a decidedly American flavour.
17 November – 2 December    7:30 Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays    2pm Sundays
Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation Street, Geelong West     
www.geelongrep.com.au   Bookings: www.gpac.org.au   5225 1200

Sherbrooke Theatre Company – THE ODD COUPLE ~ Divorced from his wife, Oscar lives in the cheerful chaos. Into the midst of his smoke-laden, beer-sodden weekly poker session, comes newly separated Felix, bent on doing the cooking, cleaning, polishing and laundry
17 November – 2 December     8pm Thursdays – Saturdays, 2pm Sundays
Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
www.sherbrooketc.org.au    1300 650 309

The Mount Players – PRESENT LAUGHTER ~ Vintage Noel Coward with an aging, philandering matinee idol as its focus
17 November – 3 December  8pm  Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays  2pm Sundays
Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith Street, Macedon  
www.themountplayers.com        5426 1892

FizzWack Theatre Company – MISTERMAN ~ directed by Kris Weber, with Travis Handcock as a determined young evangelist set on freeing the town of Inishfree from their sins
21 November – 2 Dec. 8pm 21 – 25 Nov, 28 Nov – 2 Dec, 2pm Saturdays & Sunday 26 Nov
Bluestone Church Arts Space, 8A Hyde St, Footscray
www.fizzwacktheatre.com.au        0424 494 829

Essendon Theatre Company  UNNECESSARY FARCE ~ In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant; in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. There’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes
23 November – 2 December   8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays     2pm Sunday
Bradshaw Street Community Hall, Bradshaw Street (off Buckley Street), West Essendon
http://www.essendontheatrecompany.com.au      0422 029 483

PLOS Musical Productions – THE LITTLE MERMAID ~ Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy story gets the Disney treatment with Alan Menken’s music
31 December 2017 – 10 January 2018       5pm Sunday 31 December  
7:30 Tuesday 2, Thursday 4, Friday 5, Saturday 6 & Tuesday 9 January
1:30 Wednesday 3, Sunday 7 & Wednesday 10 January  
Frankston Arts Centre, Davey Street, Frankston
www.plos.asn.au   Bookings: www.artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au     9784 1060


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