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.
12th December 2013
At The Little Theatre, Cnr Bogan and Dalton Streets Parkes.
To be directed by Lyn Townsend
Steel Magnolias is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done.
Assisted by her eager (if not a little gawky) new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and local socialite, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry an up and coming lawyer.
Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life.
The sudden realisation of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give this play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
Auditions 12th December 2013
Rehearsal commence 2nd February 2014
Proposed Production dates: Early April 2014
For more information please contact Lyn Townsend on 0429 623 829 after 5pm
Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society's production The Sound of Music has completed it's hugely successful season with more than 2100 people 'packing to over-flowing' the Little Theatre for 10 sell-out shows.
Grossing more than $50,000 at the box-office, the production will go down in the history annals as the most financially successful musical ever staged by the society.
From the very first 'charity' premier to the final curtain – the applause and praise from audiences rang long and loud.Never in the history of the modern society have the 'house-full' signs ever gone up so early on a production.
Residents were clamouring for seats.
While the call was there for 'command performances' the unavailability of cast members made it impossible.
As it was, the 10 sold-out shows attracted patrons from throughout the state including bus loads from West Wyalong, Condobolin, Grenfell and Forbes.
Records dating back to the 1920s show that The Sound of Music was the Society's 230th production in what has become a long and proud history. This has been due in no small part to the commitment and dedication of a number of hard working executive members, 'show directors' and the talents of so many locals over the years. During the modern era, the Society has averaged three shows a year with at least one big name musical.
Since joining the Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) awards in 2005 the society has received more than 40 nominations for a variety of productions and in the process has been honoured with eight CAT awards.
Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society continues to go from strength to strength and plays an integral and important part in developing the arts throughout the broader community.
Story: Parkes Champion Post.