Tuesday, April 7, 2020

World premiere of a new musical – The Butterfly Lounge – The Other Theatre...

New musicals are often inspired by popular novels, movies or Disney stories, but according to award winning playwright Alex Gibbs, his new musical Butterfly Lounge was born of an image of a man in...

Bold Start for Bold New Company – Avenue Q the Musical in Bowral

Avenue Q, the highly successful Broadway musical, not often seen on the stages of regional theatre companies around the country, is the bold first production for new theatre Company Trinitas Theatricals in Bowral, NSW. When...

High School Musical – Trinity Anglican College Albury – Review

Gone are the days of school productions done in dodgy school halls, with terrible sound and not much more lighting than the florescent tubes above the “stage” stuck at the end of the basketball...

Wicked 5 Ways – RatNews Feature

If you have even a passing interest in theatre in regional Australia, you’ve probably noticed that things have been a little green around some of the larger, and not so large, regional centres about...

$3 million for Regional Theatre in May

May is a massive month for theatre in Regional Australia.  From Towers Players' production of Oliver! in Charters Towers, to Devonport Theatre Company’s Whistle Down the Wind  in Tasmania, and across to Goldfield Repertory...

Jesus Christ Superstar Comes To The Blue Mountains

Rehearsals for Blue Mountains Musical Society upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar are in full swing. Having both been involved with Blue Mountains Musical Society for many years, Jesus Christ Superstar...

How Do You Start a Gold Coast Opera Company? Do Pagliacci

“Opera is the new black” ......or so thinks Melanie Smart, founder and artistic director of the Gold Coast’s first ever Opera Company.  Inspired by the incredibly talented local singers performing in the choruses of...

Directorial Innovation for Blood Brothers in Newcastle

After falling in love with a production of Blood Brothers in Edinburgh in 1987, director Adelle Richards jumped at the opportunity to bring it to the stage of the Newcastle Theatre Company.   Richards' self-described...

Family Affair in Tweed for Broadway Blockbusters

On the eve of Tweed Theatre Company’s production of Broadway Blockbusters, RATnews talks with the incredibly talented mother and daughter team that has brought this creative, and out of the ordinary, show to the...

Beauty and the Beast in Bairnsdale

In a piece of perfectly timed production forecasting, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is coming to Bairnsdale in May in the capable hands of Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre Company.  With the release of the...
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Disney Rock’n’Roll returns to BYTESized

Disney’s Camp Rock: the Musical is a massive Rock’n’Roll return to a Disney musical for Albury Wodonga’s BYTESized Productions, after the brave, but hugely...

Xanadu Jr – RatNews Review

When ByteSized Productions announced Xanadu Jr. as their major production for 2018, it met with a collective “Huh?”.  While some may have rejoiced at...

Greek Gods, roller skates and leg warmers – ByteSized Productions Xanadu Jr.

Xanadu Jr, the hilarious send up of the 1980 movie of the same name, made famous by such world renowned show biz identities as...
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