Mansfield Musical and Dramatic Society, Inc.

Playing in October 2016

Beauty and The Beast

Jacq Gawler and Bernadette Gifford taking the cast through the Finale

MMuDS next production, Beauty and the Beast kick-started on the first weekend in July with a two day workshop run by Jacqueline Gawler.  
Nominated for Best Female Solo and Best song composed in the 2015 Australian A Cappella Awards, well know for performing in several groups, among them, Coco's Lunch, and teaching at Monash University, Melbourne Polytechnic and Victorian College of the Arts,  Jacqueline came highly recommended and did not disappoint.  

By lunchtime on the first day, Jacqueline had the newly formed cast of Beauty and the Beast singing in unison, on pitch and with complex harmonies.  By the end of the weekend, the cast had formed strong bonds, learned that they could sing well together and had pretty much nailed the Finale from the show. 

MMuDS extends it's appreciation to Jacqueline and to the cast for sustained effort over two full days.

Here is a snippet of the workshop - sorry, no spoilers!

... and a bit of group rhythm and harmony ...

More information about this musical production, cast list, plot synopsis and the list of characters can be found here.

Sunday 7th August @ 10am

MMuDS Shed Cleanout

Are you looking for a lead role in a very small MMuDS production? Well, we have just the thing for you.  We're looking for willing workers to help move heavy set pieces and other items in the upcoming MMuDS’ shed clean up.  No audition necessary.

Sunday 7 August 2016
10am start
MMuDS’ Shed (rear of the Performing Arts Centre, View St, Mansfield)

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

If required, please bring your own gloves.

If you are able to help for a few hours, please let the Secretary know via

Coming in 2017

Lyfe of Bryan ~ The Musical

An original musical written by Joachim Matschoss, lovingly and very loosely, based on Monty Python’s iconic movie ‘The Life of Brian’.

Cast information on the Lyfe of Bryan page.

Chorus parts – now taking expressions of interest for those interested in being part of chorus/crowds/production crew in Lyfe of Bryan ~ the Musical.

Apply for chorus part/crowd/production crew by registering here.

Applicants will be contacted in January for a February rehearsal start.

Lyfe of Bryan - the musical - showing June 2017

Enquiries to Producer, Karen Pirie:

Play Reading Group

Chekhov in Two Bites

The MMuDS Playreading Group will try a new approach with their next script.

In response to a feeling among members that “there’s never enough time,” the group will concentrate on one play over its next two meetings in July and August.

The July meeting will look at the script, read some scenes, discuss the themes and characters, and draw up a cast list.

Having had time to get acquainted with their roles, the actors will deliver a semi-rehearsed reading at the August meeting.

The script chosen for this extended treatment is the Russian classic by Chekhov, “Uncle Vanya”.

The play presents Vanya and his niece Sonya who for years have worked tirelessly to keep the family’s dilapidated estate from ruin.

The return of Sonya’s father, the Professor, with his beautiful second wife throws the harmony of the farm off balance as old loyalties and new loves conflict.

Written more than a century ago, the play deals with surprisingly modern concerns about property development and harm to the environment.

Funny and heartbreaking, Chekhov’s masterpiece lays bare his characters’ passions, hopes and desires with warmth and poignancy.

Everyone is welcome to attend the reading at the Delatite Hotel on Monday, July 25th, starting at 7 pm sharp.

For more information phone Janet Mackenzie, 5775 2988.

MMuDS props up Harry Potter

Last month the Mansfield Library had a fantastic Harry Potter Book night, and MMuDS helped out the proceedings by loaning a bunch of props from its extensive collection. Note the attention to detail in the set dressing. Well done to the "Library Girls": Sharyn, Justine, Deb, Teresa & Kristy!

Play, Learn & Laugh

MMuDS values these principles:

  • Creativity, passion and working to a shared vision.

  • Skill-building and learning by doing.

  • Aiming high and keeping it fun. 

  • Honesty, trust and respect, underpinned by clear communication.

  • Practical management and governance processes. 

  • Building community through inclusivity and teamwork.

Upcoming MMuDS events

25 Jul 2016 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00) • Delatite Hotel, Mansfield - unless otherwise stated.
22 Aug 2016 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00) • Delatite Hotel, Mansfield - unless otherwise stated.
26 Sep 2016 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00) • Delatite Hotel, Mansfield - unless otherwise stated.
24 Oct 2016 7:00 PM (UTC+11:00) • Delatite Hotel, Mansfield - unless otherwise stated.

MAD Orchestra

If you play a musical instrument and would like to join the MAD Orchestra please get in touch with Monica Sketcher

Local Vocals

Local Vocals returned to rehearsals on Wednesday 13 July after term break full of vigour and excitement working towards its next performance, Winter Melodies at the Mansfield Library on Friday, 19 August

With classics like Carol of the Bells, old favourites like Winter Wonderland and Singin' in the Rain (a new arrangement by our very own Alicia Follett) this 'gig' promises to be lots of fun. 

Any one interested in being involved in Local Vocals is most welcome to come along.  We meet at Nobian Place each Wednesday 7.00 to 9.00pm during school term. For more information contact Bernadette on

Amateur Theatre in North East Vic

Did you know that there are a number of excellent amateur theatre companies in the North East? (i.e. apart from MMuDS :-)

Here are some links to follow:

Allegro Theatre Company - Yarrawonga

Wangaratta Players

Benalla Theatre Company

Albury Wodonga Theatre Company

Yackandandah Theatre Company

Euroa Little Theatre

The Other Theatre Company

Chiltern Lions Amateur Players

And now from the MMuDS Department of Occasionally Useful Theatre Jargon...

Thank you to our invaluable patrons...

MMuDS relies on the support of our patrons to be able to continue investing in resources, training and equipment, and of course produce and support the dramatic arts within the Mansfield community and beyond.   MMuDS has recently made a purchase of a new (fully sick) sub-woofer, sounds leads and a radio microphone, which was first used in our last production Man of La Mancha.

Our deepest thanks is extended to our patrons.

For an annual fee of $200, Patrons enjoy Full Family Membership status, complimentary tickets to MMuDS productions and most importantly the knowledge that you are supporting a great community-based performing arts organisation. To become a MMuDS Patron or Member click here or contact our Secretary at


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Keep in Touch!  How to contact MMuDS...

MMuDS is always looking for volunteers and people interested in assisting or taking part in any of our programs or productions. Even if you don't want to be on stage, you could usher, help with hair or makeup, assist at the box office... the list is endless!

You can find information on MMuDS productions, membership and lots more by exploring this web-site or our Facebook page

You can also contact the committee at any time by emailing here. We would love to hear from you.

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