September – October

What’s On

CPAC (Cardinia Performing Arts Company) – KINKY BOOTS with songs by Cindy Lauper
Charlie Price suddenly inherited his father’s ailing shoe factoryand now has to decide whether to pursue a new life in London or return to his home town..
24 August – 7 September  8pm Fridays & Saturdays  2pm Sundays
Cranbourne Community Centre, Brunt Street  0407 090 354 or a/h 9587 4228

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  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 *  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.
5 – 14 September   8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays  2pm Sunday
West Essendon Community Centre, 9 Bradshaw St, Essendon (Entry off Buckley St)

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

Mordialloc Theatre Company – PROOF – by David Auburn. It won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play
6 – 21 September  Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale  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 for a Toronto theatrical production. This funny, poignant and beautifully written play is an award-winning modern classic.
6 – 21 September  36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna  9457 4117

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

Leongatha Lyric Theatre – JASPER JONES Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Craig Silvey‘s novel
13 – 21 September   7:30 Thursday – Saturday  2pm Sunday 15 & Saturday 21
Mesley Hall, Leongatha   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 September

SLAMS Music Theatre – HIGH FIDELITY  Musical based on Nick Hornby’s  famous novel and the popular 2000 film starring John Cusack, Catherine Zeta-Jones & Jack Black. After breaking up with his long-term girlfriend a, record store owner reexamines his previous relationships and confronts some hard truths about himself.
13 – 21 September   8pm Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday 19   2pm Sunday 15 September
Knox Community Arts Centre, Corner Mountain Hwy & Scoresby Rd, Bayswater     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.

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 September – 5 October
  Eltham Performing Arts Centre, Main Rd Research  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)

Hartwell Players – CORIOLANUS – Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge is put under the lens in this subversive interpretation
26 September – 19 October
Ashwood Secondary College Performing Arts Centre, Vannam Drive, Ashwood   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  9758 3964

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

Babirra Music Theatre – THE PRODUCERS
– Mel Brooks’ hilarious very Broadway musical
11 – 19 October  Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading  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  5624 2456

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

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

CLOC Music Theatre – MAMMA MIA! Abba tunes & Greek Islands
Director/Choreographer: Craig Wiltshire
11 –  26 October   National Theatre, 20 Carlisle Street, St Kilda  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
11 –  26 October  Clayton Community Centre Theatrette, Cooke St., Clayton  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

Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre – FUNNY MONEY – A Ray Cooney farce
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.   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

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     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 Nov  8pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday 26 & Wednes. 30,  6pm Sat. 2 Nov
Doncaster Playhouse, 679 Doncaster Road  0418 549 187

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