September – October

What’s On

CPAC (Cardinia Performing Arts Company) – KINKY BOOTS with songs by Cindy Lauper as Charlie Price suddenly inherits his father’s ailing shoe factory and has to make some big decisions.
24 August – 7 September Cranbourne Community Centre, Brunt St.
www.cardiniaperformingarts.com/bookings  0407 090 354

Malvern Theatre Company – LADIES IN BLACK
Writers: Carolyn Burns & Tim Finn  Director: Alan Burrows
An alluring and tender-hearted comedy drama set in Sydney in the 1950s.
30 August – 14 September  
29a Burke Rd, East Malvern
www.malverntheatre.com.au  1300 131 552

Williamstown Little Theatre – STRAWBERRY – World premiere, a look at the spectrum of parental love. 3 intertwined stories by local writer Kerry Drumm told with warmth, humour and love.
4 – 21 September  2- 4 Albert Street, Williamstown  * VDL Awards Entry *
www.wlt.org.au  9885 9678

Essendon Theatre Company – SUMMER OF THE ALIENS
Writer: Louis Nowra   Director: David Runnalls
In 1962 the world is worrying about the Cuban missile crisis, except for teenage Lewis, preoccupied with flying saucers in a Melbourne housing commission suburb.   * VDL Awards Entry *
5 – 14 Sept.  West Essendon Community Centre, 9 Bradshaw St, Essendon (Entry off Buckley St)
www.essendontheatrecompany.com.au

Phoenix Theatre Company – JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Andrew Lloyd Webber /Tim Rice)
Musical retelling of the story of the last seven days of Jesus Christ’s life.
6 – 14 September  Doncaster Playhouse    www.phoenixtheatrecompany.org/

Mordialloc Theatre Company – PROOF – by David Auburn. Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play
6 – 21 September  Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale
www.mordialloctheatre.com  9587 5141

Heidelberg Theatre Company – THE DRAWER BOY – two middle-aged dairy farmers live harmoniously on an isolated farm. A young actor from the city offers to stay and work for them so he can research rural life. Funny, poignant and beautifully written play
6 – 21 September  36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna
www.htc.org.au  9457 4117

Geelong Repertory Theatre Company AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
Written by Agatha Christie  Directed by Greg Shawcross
Ten strangers at a dinner party on a remote island off the coast of Devon . . .
6 – 21 September  Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation Street, Geelong West
www.geelongrep.com.au    Bookings: www.gpac.org.au  5225 1200

Leongatha Lyric Theatre – JASPER JONES Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Craig Silvey‘s novel  * VDL Awards Entry *
13 – 21 September Mesley Hall, Leongatha
www.lyrictheatre.net.au   0490 525 482

Maffra Dramatic Society – CARAVAN by Donald McDonald
Aussie comedy looking light-heartedly at friendship, age and holidays you should never have
13 – 21 September   Stratford Courthouse 7:30 Friday 13, Saturday 14 & 2pm Sunday 15,
Newry Hall 7:30 Friday 20   Heyfield Memorial Hall 7:30 Saturday 21 Sept.
www.maffradramatics.com.au

SLAMS Music Theatre – HIGH FIDELITY  Musical based on Nick Hornby’s famous novel and the 2000 film starring John Cusack, Catherine Zeta-Jones & Jack Black. After breaking up with his girlfriend, a record store owner considers his previous relationships and confronts some hard truths.
13 – 21 September
Knox Community Arts Centre, Cnr Mountain Hwy & Scoresby Rd, Bayswater
www.slams.org.au     0412 605 182 

Wonthaggi Theatrical Group – WHEN THE LIGHT LEAVES
A poignant, partly autobiographical, play by Rory Godbold
20 – 21 September    8pm Friday, 2pm & 8pm Saturday
The Shed, Wonthaggi State Coal Mine, Garden St.  wtg.org.au

Eltham Little Theatre – ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST – leaving an indelible mark on literature, theatre and film, a boisterous, ribald and ultimately devastating story of a mental hospital and its inhabitants
20 Sept. – 5 October
  Eltham Performing Arts Centre, Main Rd Research
www.elthamlittletheatre.org.au  9437 1574

ARK Theatre – PLAN B – THE SEASON: 5 x short comedies
Four Queens Wait for Henry,  The Ark,  Vigilante,  Chermon Meow,  Whose Line Is It Romeo?
26 September – 5 October  8pm  Thursdays – Saturdays   2pm
Lilydale Heights College PAC, 17 Nelson Street, Lilydale (Gate 2)  www.arktheatremelb.com

Frankston Theatre Group – GASLIGHT – a psychological thriller set in Victorian England
27 September – 6 October  7:30 Fridays & Saturdays, 1pm Sundays
Frankston Mechanic’s Hall, 1A Plowman Place, Frankston
www.frankstontheatregroup.org.au   0437 117 881

Hartwell Players – CORIOLANUS – Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge is put under the lens in this subversive interpretation  * VDL Awards Entry *
26 September – 19 October
Ashwood Secondary College Performing Arts Centre, Vannam Drive, Ashwood
www.hartwellplayers.org.au   0422 0100 830  

Eighteen Twelve Theatre – GHOSTS by Henrik Ibsen
Mrs Alving has spent her entire life keeping secrets about her late husband. As she prepares to open an orphanage in his honour, truths she thought long-buried suddenly return to haunt her
3 – 26 October  bakery@1812, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully
www.1812theatre.com.au  9758 3964

Wonthaggi Theatrical Group – CABARET FESTIVAL
4 – 5 October  WTG Rooms, State Coal Mine, Garden St.
www.wtg.org.au

Croydon Parish Players – ANYTHING GOESclassic cruise ship romp with Cole Porter songs
4 – 12 October  Mahon Theatre, Aquinas College, 46 Great Ryrie St., Ringwood
http://www.croydonparishplayers.com   0447 014 584 (2pm – 4pm)

Babirra Music Theatre – THE PRODUCERS
– Mel Brooks’ hilarious very Broadway musical
11 – 19 October  Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading
babirra.org.au  9262 6555

Off the Leash Theatre – THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES
Writer: Joanna Murray-Smith
A 2006 satire about celebrity feminists based on a real life incident in 2000
11 – 19 October 8pm Fridays, 3pm & 8pm Saturdays
West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul  www.wgac.com.au  5624 2456

Powderkeg Players – GOD OF CARNAGE
11 – 19 October  82 Phoenix St., Sunshine North
www.powderkegplayers.com

MLOC Productions – ROCK OF AGES
Jukebox musical built around classic rock songs from the 1980s
11 – 19 October  8pm Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday   5pm Sunday & 2pm last Saturday
Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkers Road, Parkdale
www.mloc.org.au

Sherbrooke Theatre Company – WE HAVE SPOKEN OF THIS BEFORE by Alex Broun, directed by Denise Wellington – A powerful and haunting work exploring the growing bond between two damaged women
11 – 19 October 8pm 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19,  2pm Sunday 13 & Saturday 19
Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster
www.sherbrooketc.org.au  1300 650 209

CLOC Music Theatre – MAMMA MIA! Abba tunes & Greek Islands
Director/Choreographer: Craig Wiltshire
11 –  26 October   National Theatre, 20 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
cloc.org.au  1300 362 547

Encore Theatre – ALMOST, MAINE Sweet, poignant and witty, nearly perfect, Almost, Maine’s charm is real. It packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you  * VDL Awards Entry *
11 –  26 October  Clayton Community Centre Theatrette, Cooke St., Clayton
www.encoretheatre.com.au  1300 739 099

Gemco Players – GOING POSTAL – A comedy by Terry Pratchett
Moist von Lipwig was a con artist, a fraud and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged or put Ankh-Morpork’s ailing postal service back on its feet.
11 – 26 October  8pm Fridays & Saturdays   2pm Sundays
The Gem, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald  www.gemcoplayers.org

Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre – FUNNY MONEY – A Ray Cooney farce as four friends gather for a party and the police arrive looking for a briefcase full of money
17 – 20 October Forge Theatre & Arts Hub, 80 McKean St.
http://www.bairnsdaleproductionline.org   5624 2456

OSMaD (Old Scotch Music and Drama) – MISS SAIGON
The creators of Les Misérables bring the Madam Butterfly story to life in a Vietnamese setting
17 – 26 October   Geoffrey McComas Theatre, Scotch College, Hawthorn
www.osmad.com.au

Dionysus Theatre – OTHELLO by William Shakespeare
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse
18 – 26 October   Fridays & Saturdays
McClelland College Performing Arts Centre, 26 Alexander Crescent, Frankston
www.dionysustheatre.com.au     0488 002 174

PEP Productions – THE BREAKFAST CLUB – Five students with nothing in common spend a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7am they had nothing to say, but by 4pm they had bared their souls and become good friends.
24 October – 2 November  8pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday 26 & Wednesday 30,  6pm Saturday 2 Nov  * VDL Awards Entry *
Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd., Doncaster
pepproductions.org.au  0418 549 187

Fab Nobs Theatre – HEATHERS – Based on the cult 80’s black comedy film, by the writers of Legally Blonde The Musical, guarantees tears of laughter with a meaningful message. Think Mean Girls but more blood and explosives
25 Oct – 9 November  8pm Thurs – Sats & Mon 28 Oct, 5pm Sunday 3 Nov
The Fab Factory, 33 Industry Place, Bayswater
fabnobstheatre.com.au  0499 442 839

NOVA MUSIC THEATRE – THE WIZARD OF OZ complete with the yellow brick road, ruby slippers and an emerald city
26 October- 10 November
8pm Fridays, Saturdays & Thurs 7 Nov
2pm Sundays & November Saturdays
Whitehorse Centre, 379-397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading
www.novamusictheatre.com.au    1300 304 443 or 9362 6555