Welcome to the Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society's web site. From our humble beginnings in a tin shed to the wonderfully updated venue, our Society offers a Big cutural and entertaining experience in a Little Theatre setting.
The society has a wealth of talented members, aged from 4 to 80+. In recent years the society has really taken off and our membership base has tripled. We are always welcoming New Members and have a lot of families contributing to our progressing society. So if you love the thought of being on stage (or behind) and are looking for a fun way to make new friends, come along and join in - no talent needed - just the love of the thrill of being involved in live theatre.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (DIRECTED BY GREG BALLANTYNE)
There are only eight shows scheduled for the season of High School Musical and with the front row taken out to allow for a larger stage area, tickets will sell out fast!
With a plot best described as a modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, High School Musical is a story about two high school juniors from rival cliques – Troy Bolton (Morgan Flynn), captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella Montez (Madison Cooper), a shy transfer student who excels in mathematics and science. Together, they try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and as a result, divide the school. Despite Troy’s father, coach Bolton (Greg Ballantyne), Brad (Jack Ford), Zeke (Connor Murphy), Taylor (Shannon Green) and Martha (Gracie Townsend) attempting to thwart Troys attempts to audition, Troy and Gabriella resist peer pressure and rivalry, inspiring others along the way not to "stick to the status quo".
High school diva Sharpay Evans (Emily Green) with the assistance of her twin brother Ryan (Matt Prow) will do anything to sabotage the friendship between Troy and Gabriella, and to gain the lead in the school musical , however they underestimate the quiet influence of Kelsie (Kasey-Lee Murphy) and not so quiet teacher, Ms Darbus (Katrina Harris) and like all great musicals, love and the hero’s win out at the end.
FOOTLOOSE AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD 13TH AND 14TH DECEMBER
SHOW SEASON 15TH MAY TO 5TH JUNE 2016
Struggling after his father ran off and left them, Ren McCormack and his mother Ethel move from Chicago to live with family in the small Midwestern town of Bomont. Ren is in shock when he discovers the town he now calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal. As he struggles to fit in, Ren faces an uphill battle to change things. With the help of his new friend, Willard Hewitt and defiant teen Ariel Moore he might loosen up this conservative town, if only he can work out what the Potawney bridge accident has to do with the anti-dancing law . But Ariel's influential father, Reverend Shaw Moore is dealing with his own internal grief and stands in the way of change. Can Ren find a way to convince the Reverend that dancing is not a crime and save the soul of a town that’s forgotten how to make peace with the past.
AUDITION SONGS FOR DOWNLOAD (Right click on song and select "save target as" or 'save as')
Holding out for a Hero Backing (UPDATED)
PLEASE NOTE: YOU WILL ONLY BE ASKED TO SING ONE SONG FOR YOUR AUDITION. CHOOSE THE SONG THAT BEST SUITS THE CHARACTER YOU ARE TRYING OUT FOR OR THAT BEST SUITS YOUR VOICE.
As they complete last minute preparations to head off on the adventure of a lifetime, the Parkes M&D theatre family would like to wish three of our most talented theatre ladies, Christie Green, Christa Radley and Shev Brown all the very best as they perform on the Rock the Boat cruise. BON VOYAGE!
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An exciting announcement will be made soon about what will be the next big musical for Parkes M&D Society. WATCH THIS SPACE!
In a labour of love, Parkes M & D lifer Sir Tom of Warrick has painstakenly compiled a history of the Society. Originally prepared for the Parkes Champion Post, the articles have been reproduced below for your reading pleasure. The articles detail some of the highlights for what would have to be Parkes' oldest community organisation, which has featured Mayors, Clergy, Teachers, Editors, Scientists and a future star of Australian Stage, TV and Screen among its members. Enjoy!