May – June

Eighteen Twelve Theatre & redfox3 – SIDEWAYS
Writer: Lex Pickett  Director: Justin Stephens
Two Friends on an hilarious journey into the heart of wine country
4 April – 4 May  bakery@1812, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully  9758 3964

Williamstown Little Theatre – THE EXORCISM
Writer: Don Taylor  Director: Les Hart
Christmas guests are invited to a newly renovated 17th Century cottage . . .
17 April – 4 May  2 – 4 Albert Street, Williamstown  0447 340 665

Mordialloc Theatre Company – BUYING THE MOOSE
Writer: Michael Wilmot  Director: Peter Newling
Strap in for two acts of delightful miscommunication and quirky plot twists
26 April – 11 May  Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale  9587 5141

Malvern Theatre Company – STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
Writer: Craig Warner  Director: Horrie Leek
Two complete strangers meet in the dining car and decide to swap murders
26 April – 11 May  29a Burke Rd, East Malvern  1300 131 552     * VDL Awards Entry *

Newhaven College – BARNUM – musical re ‘The Greatest Showman’
3 – 5 May 7:30 Friday, 1:30 & 7:30 Saturday, 1:30 Sunday
Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, 96 Graham St Wonthaggi

Croydon Parish Players – CALENDAR GIRLS
Writer: Tin Firth
Come and laugh your socks off
3 – 11 May   Melba College Theatre, 20 Brentnall Rd, Croydon  0447 014 584 (7pm to 9pm)

Williamstown Musical Theatre Company – ROCK OF AGES
Writer: Chris D’Arienzo  Director: Stuart Dodge
Jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s, especially glam metal bands
3 – 11 May  Centenary Theatre, Williamstown High School, 71 Railway Place

Geelong Repertory Theatre Company – MR BAILEY’S MINDER
Writer: Debra Oswald  Director: Geoff Gaskill
Gifted artist and chronic alcoholic, Leo Bailey, can no longer take care of himself so his daughter hires a minder desperate for a fresh start
3 – 18 May  Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation St., Geelong West   Tix:      5225 1200 

Heidelberg Theatre Company – A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
Writer: Arthur Miller  Director: Chris McLean
This masterpiece is a dark and passionate tale of love, betrayal and revenge
3 – 18 May  36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna  9457 4117

Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Music: Richard Rodgers, lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Book: Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse  Director: Michelle McLean
The  hills will come alive . . .
3 – 19 May  7:30 Fridays & Saturdays  2pm Sundays & Saturday 18 May
Forge Theatre & Arts Hub, McKean St.   5152 1482

Nova Music Theatre – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book: Linda Woolverton  Director: Noel Browne
A Disney treatment based on the classic French fairy tale
4 – 19 May  Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading   1300 304 433 or  9262 6555

The Mount Players – TWELVE ANGRY MEN
Writer: Reginald Rose   Directors: Frank Harvey & Leo Vandervalk
A classic courtroom drama
3 – 26 May  Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith St., Macedon  5426 1892     * VDL Awards Entry *

Mary MacKillop College – THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Musical, new story with characters from the television series
10 – 11 May  7:30 Friday, 1:30 & 7:30 Saturday,
Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, 96 Graham St Wonthaggi

Phoenix Theatre Company – AMERICAN IDIOT
Music: Green Day  Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong  Book: Armstrong & Michael Mayer
Winner of two Tony Awards® and the Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album, The story of Jesus of Suburbia, a lower-middle-class American adolescent anti-hero, and his two boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11, Trumpian-suburbia, discovering love, loss, drugs, sex and rock and roll along the way
10 – 18 May
  Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster  9012 5897    0414 883 393

Frankston Theatre Group – STOP KISS
Writer: Diana Son  Director: Teghan Webster
Set in 1998 New York City, two people meet and are caught unawares when their new friendship develops into an unexpected romance
10 – 19 May  8pm Fridays & Saturdays  2pm Sundays
Mechanics Institute, 1A Plowman Place  1300 665 377

Wyndham Theatre Co – STEPPING OUT
Writer: Richard Harris  Directors: Renee Belsey & Rachel Brooks
Comedy as some amateur tap dancers attempt to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low-rent dance studio in North London     
10 – 25 May    Crossroads Theatre, Cnr. Duncans Rd & Synnot St, Werribee
0401 932 893  * VDL Awards Entry *

Torquay Theatre Troupe – THE MEMORY OF WATER
Writer: Shelagh Stephenson   Director: Sandy Fairthorne
13 – 25 May    16 Price St, Torquay * VDL Awards Entry *

CLOC Music Theatre – KINKY BOOTS
Music & lyrics: Cyndi Lauper  Book: Harvey Fierstein  Director: Chris Bradke
It’s all about the shoes
17 May – 1 June   National Theatre, 20 Carlisle Street, St Kilda  1300 362 547

Brighton Theatre Company – I HATE HAMLET
Writer: Paul Rudnick  Director: Alan Burrows
A successful television actor struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, a girlfriend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity and playing host to the ghost of John Barrymore
17 May – 1 June  Bayside Cultural Centre, Carpenter St., Brighton  1300 752 126

The Basin Theatre Group – A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
Writer: Robert Bolt  Director: Malcolm Sussman
Events leading to Sir Thomas More’s execution for high treason
17 May – 8 June  Cnr Simpson & Doongalla Roads, The Basin  1300 784 668 

Strathmore Theatre Arts Group (STAG) – THE TIN WOMAN
Writer: Shaun Gruenan  Director: Stephen Andrews
The story of a woman who receives a heart transplant and her eventual meeting with the family of the donor
23 May – 1 June 
Strathmore Community Hall, Loeman Street, Strathmore  9382 6284

Lilydale Athenæum Theatre Company – THE WISDOM OF EVE
Writer: Mary Orr   Director: Katie-Jane Amey
An engrossing and revealing “inside” story of life in New York’s theatre world, told in terms of an unscrupulous ingénue, who she lies, cheats and blackmails her way to Broadway stardom and a Hollywood career.
23 May – 8 June  Athenæum Theatre, 39–41 Castella Street, Lilydale  9735 1777

Eighteen Twelve Theatre – THE MOUSETRAP
Writer: Agatha Christie  Director: John Mills
A timeless tale of “whodunit,” with seven strangers in a country house during a blizzard discovering there is a murderer in their midst
23 May – 15 June  1812 Theatre, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully  9758 3964

Music & Lyrics‎: ‎Frank Loesser   Book‎: ‎Abe Burrows ‎  Director: Karim Shaker
Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, celebrating the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with power, poignancy & passion
24 May – 1 June  8pm Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday 30 May  5pm Sunday & 2pm Saturday 1 June
Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkers Road, Parkdale

Warragul Theatre Company – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
The French fairytale gets the Disney treatment with Alan Menken’s music
24 May –1 June    7:30 Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday   1:30 Saturdays & Sundays
West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul  5624 2456

SLAMS Music Theatre – BOOKENDS
Showcasing the dramatic, uplifting and epic opening and closing numbers from your favourite musical theatre shows
24 May – 1 June  8pm Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday
Knox Community Arts Centre, Cnr Mouintain Hwy & Scoresby Rd, Bayswater    0412 605 182 

Beaumaris Theatre Inc. – COMPANY
Music & lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: George Furth
Director: Colin Armstrong
Trailblazing dark-comedy, modern-musical, winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score, Lyrics & Book
24 May – 8 June  82 Wells Rd, Beaumaris  9583 6896

Wonthaggi Theatrical Group – LES MISÉRABLES
Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: ‎Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer
Director: Karen Milkins Hendry
The masterpiece, newly re-imagined
25 May – 9 June  Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, Graham St   5671 2178

Babirra Music Theatre – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Music: Richard Rodgers, lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Book: Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse    Director: Tyler Hess
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s last musical
31 May – 16 June  Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading  9262 6555

Peridot Theatre – CRIMES OF THE HEART
Writer: Beth Henley  Director: Michelle Swann
A tragicomedy with three sisters who reunite at the Old Granddaddy’s home in Mississippi, after one of them shoots her abusive husband
7 – 22 June  
Unicorn Theatre, Mt. Waverley Secondary College, Lechte Road   0429 115 334   * VDL Awards Entry *

Warrandyte Theatre Company – ALL MY SONS
Arthur Miller’s play filled with family tensions, greed and avarice
7 – 22 June  Mechanics Institute Hall, Cnr Yarra St and Mitchell Ave

Windmill Theatre – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Music: Alan Menken, lyrics: Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book: Linda Woolverton
A French fairytale with Disney magic
8 – 23 June  Bunjil Place, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren  9705 5200

Sherbrooke Theatre Company – AFTER DINNER
Writer: Andrew Bovell  Director: Damian Jones
An acutely observed and tender-hearted account of relationships and behaviour
14 – 22 June   June 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 & 22 at 8pm  Matinées 16 & 22 at 2pm
Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd   1300 650 209

Essendon Theatre Company – HOMEGROWN
A series of one act plays written & directed by Essendon Theatre Company members under the mentorship of Award Winning Playwright Michael Olsen
20 – 29 June   8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays  2pm Sunday
West Essendon Community Centre, 9 Bradshaw St, Essendon (Entry off Buckley St)

Malvern Theatre Company – THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP
Writer: Charles Ludlum  Director: Andrew McMillan
On the moors of Mandacrest manor, something is amiss. Lord Edgar Hillcrest, a leading Egyptologist has taken a new wife, an actress who is having a perfectly horrid time adjusting to life as the leading lady of the manor.
21 June – 6 July  29a Burke Rd, East Malvern  1300 131 552

Mordialloc Theatre Company – MR BAILEY’S MINDER
Writer: Debra Oswald  Director: Martin Gibbs
Australian living treasure and alcoholic, Leo Bailey, can no longer care for himself so his daughter hires a minder who is fresh out of jail.
21 June – 6 July  Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale  9587 5141

Williamstown Little Theatre – A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
Music: Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty  Book: Terrence McNally
Director: Barbara Hughes  Musical Director: Janet Provan
Set in Dublin in 1964 with a bachelor who is a bus conductor by day and spends his evenings as the artistic director of St Imelda’s Players
26 June – 15 July  2 – 4 Albert Street, Williamstown   0447 340 665