Star of the Sea Theatre Events 2017

 

23rd March – 1st April

The Rough Hewn Theatre Troupe presents Parramatta Girls

Directed by Geoff Cartwright

Chorus of Disapproval
The Company

In 2015, partly in response to a burgeoning discontent at the inequitable distribution of acting roles and directorial opportunities for women in the Sydney professional theatre scene, and as a logical extension of the teaching of girls that is the purpose of Stella Maris College, Rough Hewn changed its focus. While young women directors have regularly featured at Rough Hewn, the company moved to be one that is primarily devoted to the work of women theatre practitioners. It now focuses on works that have all, or a larger proportion of, women in the casts of its plays. This has meant invitations to women of all ages to be part of the company. As much as possible, it will schedule works written by women. Under its artistic director, Geoff Cartwright, Rough Hewn maintains, by necessity, its non-professional status, with the continuing, generous support of Stella Maris College.

The Show

Alana Valentine’s verbatim theatre work bears poignant witness to the stories of former Parramatta Girls Home inmates, who revisit their alma mater for a forty-year reunion. As they remember the privations and abuses to which they were subjected in the 1960s and 70s, they enact their past child selves, seeking to understand the forming of their present. It’s a reunion filled with longing, anger, ironic humour, bitterness, melancholy and reconciliation. Valentine deftly weaves the stories of these women into a demanding, powerful, achingly sad but funny and ultimately hopeful play.

Dates: 23rd March – 1st April
Times: Thursday – Saturday 7.30pm plus 2pm matinee Sat 25th March
Venue: Star of the Sea Theatre, Stella Maris College, near the corner of Iluka Ave and Collingwood St, Manly
Tickets: $25 Adult/$15 Concession. One teacher free with 10 students.

Book your tickets online now at:
www.trybooking.com/OKUE

For more information on the company and future productions, check out their website!
http://roughhewntheatretroupe.com

 

8th April – 29th April

Factory Space Theatre Company presents A Chorus of Disapproval

A black comedy Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Roz Riley

Chorus of Disapproval
The Company:

Factory Space Theatre Company (FSTC) has a distinctive and innovative style of production characterised by highly integrated simplicity of design underpinning an unusually complex texture of relationships and interactions among the characters and between them and the physical elements of their environment. This style is readily recognised by those familiar with our productions.

The Show:

A diffident widower attempts to escape loneliness by joining the local amateur light operatic society. By accident rather than by design (in fact, by not saying “no” to anything be it a request to obtain confidential information from his company or an offer of illicit sex) he advances from a small part to the lead. Parallels are skilfully drawn between The Beggar’s Opera and the day to day activities of the society which is performing it.

Dates: 8th-29th April
Times: Thursday – Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday Matinee (time TBC)
Venue: Star of the Sea Theatre, Stella Maris College, near the corner of Iluka Ave and Collingwood St, Manly
Tickets: $35 Adult/$28 Concession. Earlybird tickets available until 4th April.

Book your tickets online now at:
www.trybooking.com.au

For more information on the company and future productions, check out their website!
http://craftwaresolutions.com.au

 

19th May – 27th May

Manly Musical Society presents Sweeny Todd

Directed by Kathryn Thomas

Sweeney ToddThe Company:

Manly Musical Society was born out of a high school production of Les Misérables produced by Manly Selective Campus in 2008, a school the Society still has close ties to. A group of students including founding members Joseph Nizeti, Vanessa Moskal and Keith Muir were captivated by the camaraderie experienced during this production and wanted to continue this beyond the realms of the school. The group met at cafes and in school English rooms, formed a committee and made connections with Star of the Sea Theatre in Manly, and later Warringah Council’s Glen Street Theatre. After serious debates about the colours ‘toothpaste blue’ versus ‘Macca’s yellow’ the MMS logo was created! Then, after two unsuccessful attempts to start up, dreams finally came to fruition with a production of The Pirates of Penzance in 2009, produced under the knowledgeable directorship of Patty Macintosh.

The Show:

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1979 musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical is based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond. Set in 19th century England, the musical details the return of barber Sweeney Todd to London after 15 years of exile, in order to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him, by conspiring with a local baker, Mrs Lovett, who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies.

Dates: 19th-27th May
Times: Thursday – Saturday 7.30pm, matinee Sunday 21st May 2pm & Saturday 27th May 2pm
Venue: Star of the Sea Theatre, Stella Maris College, near the corner of Iluka Ave and Collingwood St, Manly
Tickets: $39 Adult/$29 Concession. Earlybird tickets available until 4th April.

Book your tickets online now at:
http://www.manlymusicalsociety.com/tickets

For more information on the company and future productions, check out their website!
http://www.manlymusicalsociety.com

 

1st June – 10th June

The Rough Hewn Theatre Troupe presents Write Young Women

Directed by Geoff Cartwright

The Company

In 2015, partly in response to a burgeoning discontent at the inequitable distribution of acting roles and directorial opportunities for women in the Sydney professional theatre scene and as a logical extension of the teaching of girls that is the purpose of Stella Maris College, Rough Hewn changed its focus. While young women directors have regularly featured at Rough Hewn, the company moved to be one that is primarily devoted to the work of women theatre practitioners. It now focuses on works that have all, or a larger proportion of, women in the casts of its plays. This has meant invitations to women of all ages to be part of the company. As much as possible, it will schedule works written by women. Under its artistic director, Geoff Cartwright, Rough Hewn maintains, by necessity, its non-professional status, with the continuing, generous support of Stella Maris College.

The Show

A series of short plays by women students of 2016 HSC Drama Scriptwriting Individual Project option. Featuring:
This is It by Grace Joseph from Stella Maris College, Manly
Stubborn by Nina Johnson from Abbotsleigh, Wahroonga
Mini-dress Muse by Ava Carmody from Brigidine College, St Ives
Dates: 1st June – 10th June
Times: Thursday – Saturday 7.30pm
Venue: Star of the Sea Theatre, Stella Maris College, near the corner of Iluka Ave and Collingwood St, Manly
Tickets: $25 Adult/$15 Concession. One teacher free with 10 students.
Book your tickets online now at:
www.trybooking.com

For more information on the company and future productions, check out their website!
http://roughhewntheatretroupe.com

 

14th July – 29th July

Factory Space Theatre Company presents Macbeth

by William Shakespeare, directed by Roz Riley

Macbeth
The Company:

Factory Space Theatre Company (FSTC) has a distinctive and innovative style of production characterised by highly integrated simplicity of design underpinning an unusually complex texture of relationships and interactions among the characters and between them and the physical elements of their environment. This style is readily recognised by those familiar with our productions.

The Show:

A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.

Dates: 14th-29th July
Times: Thursday – Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday Matinee (time TBC)
Venue: Star of the Sea Theatre, Stella Maris College, near the corner of Iluka Ave and Collingwood St, Manly
Tickets: $35 Adult/$28 Concession.
Book your tickets online now at:
www.trybooking.com.au

For more information on the company and future productions, check out their website!
http://craftwaresolutions.com.au

 

30th September – 1st October

Manly Jazz Festival

in association with the Northern Beaches Council

The Company

The annual Manly Jazz is held over the October long weekend with performances in multiple indoor and outdoor venues including major stages alongside Manly’s 2.4 kilometre (1.5 mile) Pacific surf beach. The internationally acclaimed Manly Jazz is known worldwide for its beautiful location and the diversity of music it presents, from traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots. Manly Jazz is first and foremost a music festival – a real celebration of sound. But it is also a celebration of Australia’s beach culture, good food, great times and especially the wonderful Manly vibe.

Show program TBA

Dates: 30th September-1st October
Times: Thursday – Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday Matinee (time TBC)
Venue: Star of the Sea Theatre, Stella Maris College, near the corner of Iluka Ave and Collingwood St, Manly
Tickets: $50 Adult/$40 Concession. Earlybird tickets available until 4th April.

Book your tickets online now at:
http://www.manly.nsw.gov.au/star-of-the-sea-theatre

For more information on the company and future productions, check out their website!
http://www.manly.nsw.gov.au/whatson/manlyjazz

 

7th October – 21st October

Factory Space Theatre Company presents TBA
Directed by Roz Riley

The Company:

Factory Space Theatre Company (FSTC) has a distinctive and innovative style of production characterised by highly integrated simplicity of design underpinning an unusually complex texture of relationships and interactions among the characters and between them and the physical elements of their environment. This style is readily recognised by those familiar with our productions.

Show program TBA.

Dates: 7th-21st October
Times: Thursday – Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday Matinee (time TBC)
Venue: Star of the Sea Theatre, Stella Maris College, near the corner of Iluka Ave and Collingwood St, Manly
Tickets: $35 Adult/$28 Concession.
Book your tickets online now at:
www.trybooking.com.au

For more information on the company and future productions, check out their website!
http://craftwaresolutions.com.au

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About us

Welcome to the Star of the Sea Theatre, a highly sought after venue on the Northern Beaches.

The Star of the Sea Theatre is a state-of-the-art 307 seat training theatre located five minutes walk from the northern end of Manly Beach in the beautiful grounds of Stella Maris College. The Theatre opened in 2004 and we have a diverse and compelling program which underscores our philosophy of partnering vocationally oriented arts education with professional industry based practice. Our senior Entertainment students have the opportunity to work alongside professional practitioners in all aspects of the performing arts, giving them valuable industry experience and facilitating the early development of a formidable array of employability skills.

Apart from the College drama, dance and music groups, the Theatre is regularly used by other local schools, other theatre companies and by the local community. Past productions have included:

Rough Hewn Theatre Troupe
  • The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Katie Johnson
  • A Clockwork Orange, The Fantasticks, Parramatta Girls and Miss Julie, all directed by Geoff Cartwright
  • Twelfth Night, directed by Hayley Schumann-Mitchell, a former Stella Girl now at the Actors Centre
  • Blithe Spirit, directed by Chris Mackay
Factory Space Theatre
  • Matilda Waltz by Deborah Mulhul
  • The Hollow by Agatha Christie
  • Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
  • The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Manly Musical Society
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Chess, the Musical
  • Evita
  • Cabaret
Other performances by
  • Stella Maris Dance Company
  • The Song Company
  • Manly Jazz Festival
  • and many others

 

  • Star of the Sea is a 307 seat lyric theatre with 167 seats downstairs and 140 seats upstairs. It also has:

    • an orchestra pit for 20 musicians which when covered forms a thrust stage
    • a flying tower with 8 bars rated at 350kg
    • truck access to the stage from Iluka Avenue
    • adjacent Drama Studio and Dance Studio, two dressing rooms and a toilet
    • a hearing induction loop
    • wheelchair access and designated wheelchair seating
    • an impressive natural acoustic for unplugged voice and instrumentation
  • Speakers:
    six JBL Venue Series Speakers and 2x JBL EON Powered Speakers

    Amplifiers:
    six 500 watt amplifiers – one per speaker

    Desk:
    20-channel Soundcraft K1

    Reverb:
    Yamaha SPX990

    CDs:
    two Denon DNC635 (cueable)

    Mics:
    two Shure 57 3x Shure 58
    two Audiotechnica (instrument mics)
    two AKG (drop down mics)
    four Shure 58 wireless handhelds
    four Shure lapels
    two Shure lecturn mics

    Mic stands:
    eight mic stands and five upright mic stands

    Foldback:
    four 250watt JBLMP212 4 channel foldback amplifier

    Coms:
    Multiple coms stations throughout the Theatre as well as squawk boxes to dressing rooms

    Leads:
    four 5m Speakon leads
    two 10m Speakon leads
    four ¼ inch leads
    four 10m mic leads
    ten 5m mic leads

  • Lumieres:
    twenty Selecon Pacifics
    six PC’s
    two par cans
    two 1K follow spots

    Dimmers:
    six 12-channel dimmer racks

    Desk:
    LSC MAXIM 72-channel digital desk

Contact us

Star of the Sea Theatre is located near the northern end of Manly Beach at Queenscliff, on the corner of Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue. Parking is available at the northern end of the beach or in the surrounding streets.

Please submit your enquiry here or contact

Mitchell Smith
Theatre Manager
+61 2 9977 5144 or 0403 453077
Email the Theatre Manager

 

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