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Alice Through the Looking Glass is a faithful adaptation of the beloved book. Crazy chess pieces move around the board and put Alice into a spin as she negotiates their world in order to get to the eighth square and be a queen herself. Original music written for Lewis Carroll’s poems by one of the professional industries most respected Musical Directors, David Piper, come samba with the Walrus and the Carpenter, waltz with the White Queen and maybe fight a Jabberwock. It’s all a bit of steampunk fun for the family.
By Arrangement with Nullarbor Productions, in association with MGM On Stage. Exclusively licensed by Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd, Written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Freerain Theatre Company’s production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy Developed for the Stage and Original Direction by Simon Phillips That magical musical bus known as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is rolling into Queanbeyan. Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! Based on the 1994 popular movie of the same name, Priscilla Queen of the Desert follows the journey of two drag queens, Tick and Adam, and a transgender woman, Bernadette, as they travel across Australia in their bus, named Priscilla. Tick has been asked to perform at a hotel in Alice Springs by his estranged wife, Marion. Taking Adam and Bernadette along with him, the trio drive from Sydney to the remote resort town in the middle of the desert. Tick tells his companions that the trip is a favour to his wife, from whom he is separated, but does not reveal that he also has an 8-year-old son he does not know, but who now wants to meet his father. As they head west, Tick, Adam, and Bernadette learn to accept and support each other, whilst encountering a number of strange and colourful characters. After experiencing violent homophobic threats, Adam is forced to realize that not everyone is accepting of his flamboyant lifestyle, whilst Bernadette opens up to the possibility of love again following the death of her husband. Upon reaching Alice Springs, Tick finally meets his son, Benjamin, who accepts his father’s homosexuality and drag queen persona. The trio perform at the resort and realize that they have forged a bond that will last forever. Full of well-known pop songs and supported by three divas flying high above the stage, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a flamboyant, funny, disco-fuelled musical that gets the audience up on their feet.
Xanadu JR. is inspired by the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical and the Universal Pictures’ cult classic movie that starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Xanadu JR. is a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep audiences in stitches while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes lift them out of their seats. Xanadu JR. follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first Roller Disco. (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.
Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination. The RSC version is a more technically complex production and uses as much of the aura of the film as is possible to create in a modern theatre. It is an adaptation for live stage performance, even while it strives to look and sound like the famous film, in telling the story.
May 2022 Fri 13 - 8 pm Sat 14 - 8 pm Thurs 19 - 8 pm Fri 20 - 8 pm Sat 21 - 8 pm Fri 26 - 8 pm Sat 27 - 2 pm, 8 pm
We are delighted to announce our second production of 2022, Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter' followed by a new work, Upstairs, written by Ian McColm! Directed by Michael Connor, The Dumb Waiter is a two-character play set in the basement of an old rooming house, connected to the rooms above by a dumbwaiter and an intercom. The first performance in London was in January 1960, as part of a double bill with Pinter's first play The Room, at the Hampstead Theatre Club, directed by James Roose-Evans, with Nicholas Selby as Ben and George Tovey as Gus.
This production will be in two parts: 1st Half - will be songs from various Gilbert & Sullivan productions, of duets, trios, quartets and choruses. It is designed to give many people an opportunity to perform. The stage setting will be a half open stage, decorated from the front. 2nd Half - TRIAL BY JURY (or Chaos in the Courtroom), which is about 50 to 60 minutes duration. SETTING: Stage setting is a court room painted in a ‘comic theme’ Although it is referred to sometimes as an Opera/Operetta, it is an all sung with no spoken dialogue. It is a comedy, a farce and very satirical. Setting a Court House in Australia. Trial by Jury hasn’t any rights and we are able to reinterpret and update the production. Our version of the play will be set in 2022. SYNOPSIS: Can you sue someone for breaking off an engagement? In Gilbert and Sullivan’s courtroom farce Trial by Jury, it’s a very serious crime! The fickle and bigoted defendant, Bradley, has fallen in love with another woman and has jilted the plaintiff, the beautiful Angelina. Unfortunately for Brad, all the members of the jury (and the judge) have fallen for Angelina themselves. Brad proposes that to solve the conflict, he “marry this lady today and the other tomorrow,” which,naturally, Angelina objects to. Ultimately, the resolution that pleases everyone is for the judge to marry Angelina himself! This is delightfully ludicrous one-act romp through the well know melodies of Gilbert and Sullivan. Hailed by theatre scholar Kurt Gänzl as "probably the most successful British one-act operetta of all time,” Trial by Jury is a bite-sized portion of Gilbert and Sullivan’s signature witty lyrics, catchy tunes, and ridiculous plotlines. A note on dialogue: Unlike most Gilbert and Sullivan shows, there is no spoken dialogue in Trial by Jury. There will be a small orchestra.
Author: Music by JOHN KANDER Book by FRED EBB and BOB FOSSE Lyrics by FRED EBB Based on the play Chicago by MAURINE DALLAS WATKINS Script adaptation by DAVID THOMPSON BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH LTD., A CONCORD THEATRICALS COMPANY
Thursday to Sunday 26, 27, 28, 29 May 2022 times vary
Debra Oswald’s compelling play is set against the heat, the scent and hard labour of harvest time. Emotions, tensions, and danger surround a mother’s dilemma to protect her child from the outside world. The Peach Season is a powerful kickstart for our 2022 season.