Disney's The Little Mermaid
Eight performances from 26th July - 10th Aug 2019 at Muswellbrook High School MPC in partnership with Muswellbrook Concert Band.
Based on the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
Disney's The Little Mermaid offered MATS a fantastic opportunity to create rich costumes and sets, as well as the chance to perform some of the best-known songs from the past 30 years.
This was MATS first Disney musical production, it was a real challenge keeping that balance of classic Disney and uniquely MATS. We were lucky enough to have such as fantastic cast, full of familiar and new faces.
Make Broadway Great Again
One nightly performance on 8th October 2018 at the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music.
A musical and comedy tribute to the greatest president since Barack Obama. Written and performed by Andrew Wu, alongside by Sarah Elliott and Jonathan Vickers. Accompaniment by Katrina Grabham.
"Make Broadway Great Again" - What is it? What’s funnier than a parody of Donald Trump? A tribute to Donald Trump! The story is this: Donald Trump wants to be re-elected in 2020 but his approval rating is dwindling. To win back the public, his publicists have devised a musical that "sings" (pun intended) his praises. This is the cabaret about the making of such a musical.
Song Contest: The Almost Eurovision Experience
Six performances from 6th - 21st October 2017 at the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music.
“Song Contest – the Almost Eurovision Experience” is a glitzy comedic and loving tribute to the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s as close to the real thing as you can get, with eleven countries competing, a multitude of anxious contestants, a gushing hostess and all the quirkiness that both delights us and makes us cringe in a single breath. The audience voting is authentic with the potential for a different winner every night.
The production was written by Glynn Nicholas, an Australia Producer, Director and Actor. Music was by Dare Music. MATS was very lucky to have one half of Dare Music (Gideon Frankel) attend one of our performances.
Song Contest, was meant to be be a "small" show for MATS........it was not. As rehearsals progressed and ideas started to take form, the MATS Crew realised this was by far a much bigger production than first expected.
Whatever Gets You Through the Night
Three performances from 28th March - 1st April 2017 at the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music.
The premiere season of a new Australian comedy about motherhood. Witness the trials and tribulations of three very different young women as they battle with pregnancy and the post birth struggles of a new born, their husbands and work-life.
Written over the course of many years by Australian actor and drama teacher, Nicky Peelgrane. She penned her own experiences and those of others to create this unique and very relatable piece of theatre.
A one-off performance for a limited audience was performed in October 2016 after a week of intensive workshopping and rehearsals. Due to the success and overwhelming feedback, the play was quickly placed into pre-production for a three performance season in 2017. With the script finalised and film from the final performance, Nicky hopes to have the play submitted for publishing.
The Sound of Music
Eight performances from 22nd July - 6th Aug 2016 at Muswellbrook High School MPC in partnership with Muswellbrook Shire Concert Band.
Musical classic, The Sound of Music, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.
This was the first major musical production for MATS since 2012, and it is the second rendition of The Sound of Music. It was first performed by the society in 1993. The production also rekindled the groups relationship with Muswellbrook High School who very kindly allowed the use of their hall. MATS last performance at Muswellbrook High School was back in 2004 with Wizard of Oz.
Monsieur Goes A Hunting
Six performances from 14th - 23rd May 2015 at Muswellbrook Shire Council Library.
A three act comical French farce based on George Feydeau's famous play, 13 Rue De L'Amour.
The performances were in conjunction with the Muswellbrook Shire Council Library who partnered with MATS, by providing a performance venue as well as rehearsal space. Over the course of many weekends, rows of bookshelves where emptied and cleared to make way for a makeshift stage and seating.
Seven performances from 31st Oct - 9th May 2013 at Muswellbrook District Workers Club.
A two act play by Australian playwright Stephen Carleton, The Narcissist is a riotous and politically incorrect post-modern comedy of manners. Guaranteed to leave audiences in gasping fits, a play about middle-class and middle-age sexual politics, executed with incredible flair.
Seven performances from 6th - 15th Sept 2012 at Muswellbrook District Workers Club in partnership with Muswellbrook Shire Concert Band.
This beloved English musical with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, is based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
This was the second MATS musical production where a makeshift scaffold stage was construction in the auditorium of the Muswellbrook District Workers Club, the first production being Annie in 2010. The stage was roughly the same dimensions as the previous, with the addition of two catwalks down either side as extra access for the cast. Spinning panels at the rear of the stage took the audience from the grubby streets of London and to the upper class home of Mr Brownlow.
Nine performances from 23rd July - 7th Aug 2010 at Muswellbrook District Workers Club in partnership with Muswellbrook Shire Concert Band.
A Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan.
This was the first major MATS musical to be performed at the Muswellbrook District Workers Club. A large makeshift scaffold stage was constructed at the rear of the auditorium, the existing stage was used as a changing room for cast. A system of spinning panels at the rear of the stage transitioned the story from the orphanage to Daddy Warbucks' Mansion. Despite the challenges of building and performing on a makeshift stage, the production went off without a hitch and performed to sellout crowds and rave reviews.