September – October

What’s On

The Basin Theatre Group – BOURKE’S COMPANY – an award winning drama, a recreation of the disastrous 1860 Burke and Wills’ expedition
10 August – 1 September  Cnr Simpson & Doongalla Rd., The Basin
www.thebasintheatre.org.au   1300 784 668

Brighton Theatre Company – OTHER DESERT CITIES – an emotionally charged play about a family coming to terms with long held secrets expressed in funny and witty yet lacerating ways.
16 August – 1 September  Bayside Cultural Centre, Carpenter St., Brighton
www.brightontheatreco.com  1300 752 126

Lilydale Athenæum Theatre Company – MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS – Based on historical events, the making of David O. Selznick’s famous movie Gone With The Wind with a script writer who hasn’t read the book
16 August – 1 September  Lilydale Athenæum Theatre, 39–41 Castella Street
www.lilydaletc.com  9735 1777

Beaumaris Theatre Inc. – ECHOES – Even the frailest of old ladies in nursing homes were once beautiful young women who fell in love. Our memories make us what we are – and sometimes they hold the secrets of the past.
17 August – 1 September  82 Wells Rd, Beaumaris
www.beaumaristheatre.com.au  9583 6896

Essendon Theatre Company – AN UNSEASONABLE FALL OF SNOW – by Gary Henderson, directed by Div Collins
23 August – 1 September
  Bradshaw Street Hall, West Essendon
www.essendontheatrecompany.com.au  0422 029 483

PEP Productions – CRY-BABY – a rockabilly musical by some of the Hairspray team
23 August – 2 September    Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd.
pepproductions.org.au  0418 549 187

Malvern Theatre Company – DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE – Jean is sitting in a café when a man’s cell phone rings and keeps on ringing.  The man doesn’t answer because he’s dead . . .
24 August – 8 September  29a Burke Rd, East Malvern
www.malverntheatre.com.au  1300 131 552

CPAC (Cardinia Performing Arts Company) – ROCK OF AGESa jukebox musical with classic rock songs from the 1980s
25 August – 7 September  40 Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Blvd., Pakenham
www.cardiniaperformingarts.com  0407 090 354 or 9587 1750

Warrandyte Theatre Company – VERE – uproarious yet poignant play where the battle of science versus religion is fought out in the crumbling mind of a physics professor as he succumbs to Alzheimers.
31 August – 8 September  Warrandyte Mechanics Institute, Yarra Street
warrandytehallarts.asn.au/theatre

Mornington Players Theatre Company – THE WEDDING SINGER – musical based on the 1998 film
31 August – 9 September  Cranbourne Community Centre, Brunt St, Cranbourne
www.morningtonplayers.com.au     8399 9499

Mordialloc Theatre Company – PACK OF LIES – Based on a true story, a couple and their teenage daughter are friendly with their neighbours, Peter and Helen Kroger, until they are arrested and charged with espionage in 1961
31 August – 16 September  Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale
www.mordialloctheatre.com  9587 5141  * VDL Awards Entry *

Phoenix Theatre Company – CHICAGO – Musical set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail.
7 – 15 September  Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
www.phoenixtheatrecompany.org   9012 5897

MOaRTZ Theatre Company – RUMORS – hilarious Neil Simon farce set in New York
7 – 15 September  Monash Hall, Reserve St, Yallourn North
www.moartz.com  5127 6514 or 0438 579 987  * VDL Awards Entry *

Williamstown Little Theatre – SILENT SKY – Early 20th century astronomer, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, and her female colleagues at Harvard University act as ‘human computers’, using maps and measurement to chart the skies without ever being allowed to touch a telescope
7 – 22 September  2-4 Albert Street, Williamstown  * VDL Awards Entry *
www.wlt.org.au  9885 9678

Heidelberg Theatre Company – BLUE STOCKINGS – 1896 at Girton College, Cambridge, the first British college to admit women, four young women, over one tumultuous academic year, fight for the right to graduate alongside their male peers
7 – 22 September  36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna
www.htc.org.au  9457 4117

Eltham Little Theatre – ON GOLDEN POND – remember the movie with Katharine Hepburn and Henry & Jane Fonda?
722 September  Eltham Performing Arts Centre, Main Rd Research
www.elthamlittletheatre.org.au  9437 1574

Geelong Repertory Theatre Company THE CHARITABLE SISTERHOOD OF THE SECOND TRINITY VICTORY CHURCH – roads are flooded and bridges are washed out but it takes more than a little rain to keep the ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood from fulfilling their sworn mission to meet and organise a relief effort for homeless Guatemalans
7 – 22 September  Woodbin Theatre, 15 Coronation Street, Geelong West
www.geelongrep.com.au    Bookings: www.gpac.org.au  5225 1200

SLAMS – HEATHERS – Based on the cult classic film of the same name, Heathers is the story of Veronica, a senior at the fictional Westerberg High, who longs to be cool like the clique of it-girls that runs Westerberg: the unaffected, unattainable Heathers.
14 – 22 September  Knox Community Arts Centre, 790 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater
www.slams.org.au   9720 3205   0412 605 182

Shepparton Theatre Arts Group – WICKED – the musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz
21 – 29 September  Riverlinks WestSide PAC, 70 Welsford St., Shepparton
www.stagtheatre.com  Tix: www.riverlinksvenues.com.au    5832 9511

Adapt Productions – AMBUSHED – A surprising new Australian musical for the dreamy, the damaged and the dysfunctional. A poignant but uplifting comedy written by Karen Milkins-Hendry with a score by Jake Amy, stacked with South Gippsland creatives, part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival
25 – 30 September   Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St., Prahran
www.chapeloffchapel.com.au

Leongatha Lyric Theatre – DEATH AND THE MAIDEN – drama and suspense in South America
28 September – 6 October   Mesley Hall, Leongatha
www.lyrictheatre.net.au   0490 525 482    * VDL Awards Entry *

Wonthaggi Theatrical Group – THE BOYS – Three brothers, their mother and girlfriends portray values and attitudes that are,sadly, relevant today
28 September – 6 October  WTG Rooms, State Coal Mine, Garden St.
www.wtg.org.au

Frankston Theatre Group – CHARLEY’S AUNT by Brandon Thomas
28 September – 7 October  7pm Fridays & Saturdays  1pm Sundays
Frankston Mechanics Institute, 1A Plowman Place, Frankston
www.frankstontheatregroup.org.au  1300 665 377  * VDL Awards Entry *

Hartwell Players – REALISM by Paul Galloway     * VDL Awards Entry *
28 September – 7 October  Ashwood College, Vannan Drive, Ashwood
www.hartwellplayers.org.au

Eighteen Twelve Theatre – GULLS – a gentle comedy with a brain-damaged man cared for by his sister at a beach cottage. Unable to converse with those around him, he shares his feelings and thoughts with the audience
4 – 27 October  bakery@1812, 3 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully
www.1812theatre.com.au  9758 3964

Croydon Parish Players – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – A tale as old as time, an arrogant, spoiled young prince and his castle’s servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress who turns him into a hideous beast until he learns to love, and be loved in return.
5 – 13 October  Fridays 8pm, Saturday 6 2pm & 8pm, Thursday 11 8pm, Saturday 13 5pm
Mahon Theatre, Aquinas College, 46 Great Ryrie St, Ringwood
http://www.CroydonParishPlayers.com

Powderkeg Players – A CONVERSATION – the second play in David Williamson’s Jack Manning Trilogy using community conferencing where an offender and his victim discuss the perpetrator’s actions and attempt to find a resolution
5 – 20  October  Dempster Park Hall, 82 Phoenix St, North Sunshine
powderkegplayers.com   0407 802 165   * VDL Awards Entry *

Sherbrooke Theatre Company – THE VANDAL – a series of one-on-one encounters of three lonesome souls who cross paths on a cold night in upstate Kingston, New York
10 – 14 October  Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster
www.sherbrooketc.org.au

Dionysus Theatre – THE TROJAN WOMEN – back to ancient Greece and Euripides
12 – 20 October   McClelland College Performing Arts Centre, 26 Alexander Ave, Frankston
www.dionysustheatre.com.au     * VDL Awards Entry *

Babirra Music Theatre – DUSTY – THE ORIGINAL POP DIVA – the Dusty Springfield story
12 – 20 October  Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading
www.babirra.org.au  9262 6555

MLOC Productions – THE BOY FROM OZ – the extraordinary life of legendary singer/songwriter Peter Allen
12 – 20 October  Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale   9551 7514

CLOC Music Theatre – JEKYLL AND HYDE – a musical horror-drama loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella
12 – 27 October  National Theatre, 20 Carlisle Street (Cnr Barkly Street), St Kilda
www.cloc.org.au  1300 362 547

Encore Theatre – SPEAKING IN TONGUES – Andrew Bovell’s play about marital infidelity, with multiple narratives and a mystery at its core
12 – 27 October  Clayton Community Centre Theatrette, Cooke Street
www.encoretheatre.com.au  1300 739 099    * VDL Awards Entry *

StageArt – NINE – Maury Yeston musical based on Fellini’s film, 8 ½ 
12 October – 4 November   Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St., Prahran
www.stageart,com.au  www.chapeloffchapel.com.au  8290 7000

OSMaD (Old Scotch) – LES MISÉRABLES – the worldwide classic of musical theatre
13 – 22 October  7:45 Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays  2pm Sunday & last Saturday
Geoffrey McComas Theatre, Scotch College, 1 Morrison Street, Hawthorn
http://www.osmad.com.au   02 6253 1454

Fab Nobs Theatre – THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK – 2000 musical based on John Updike’s novel
19 October – 3 November  The Fab Factory, 33 Industry Place, Bayswater
fabnobstheatre.com.au  0499 442 839

PEP Productions – HOLDING THE MAN – a poignant drama based on Timothy Conigrave’s book
25 October – 3 November  Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster
www.pepproductions.org.au  0423 935 320       * VDL Awards Entry *

Off the Leash Theatre – RENT La Bohème story restyled from 1890s Paris to 1990s New York
NOTE VENUE & DATES CHANGE
25 – 28 October 
8pm Thursday & Friday, 2pm & 8pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday
Warragul Exhibition Hall, 15 Howitt St, Warragul (Next to show grounds)
www.wgac.com.au. 5824 2456 offtheleashtheatre.com.au  0407 444 430

CenterStage Geelong – LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – vintage horticultural horror
26 October – 10 November  Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Little Malop St.
www.gpac.org.au  5225 1200

Malvern Theatre Company – TARANTARA!  TARANTARA! – The famous Gilbert and Sullivan partnership with musical excerpts from the well-known operas threaded into the story
26 October – 10 November  29a Burke Rd, East Malvern
www.malverntheatre.com.au  1300 131 552

Nova Music Theatre – DOCTOR ZHIVAGO – Russia 1917–1922, a musical based on the Boris Pasternak novel. Remember the movie with Omar Sharif and Julie Christie?
27 October – 11 November  Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading
www.novamusictheatre.com.au  1300 304 433  or  9262 6555