Beauty and The Beast - Now showing!

Enchanted castle staff "Cogsworth" the pompous talking clock and "Lumiere" the hilarious French candelabra, played delightfully by Colin Price and Ian Todd respectively.

Alex Duncan in a commanding performance as the villainous "Gaston", demonstrates his impressive physique to his admirers.

Performance Schedule

Fri Oct 14 7:30pm Opening Night
Sat Oct 15 7:30pm
Sun Oct 16 4:00pm Matinee
Tue Oct 18 7:30pm
Thu Oct 20 7:30pm

Sat Oct 22 7.30pm

Sun Oct 23 4:00pm Matinee
Tue Oct 25 7:30pm
Thu Oct 27 7:30pm
Sat Oct 29 7:30pm Finale

Tickets for Beauty and the Beast are now on sale from our electronic box office:

Tickets can also be purchased from S&AJ in High St Mansfield.

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

Costumes 101: First pick up a hammer

"Madame de la Grande Bouche" (Dallas Daniel)  appraises Belle (Amanda Harwood).

Beauty and the Beast is coming to Mansfield with opening night on 14 October.

While the cast, orchestra and crew are all rehearsing hard on stage, Costume Designer, Cathie Smith, has been busy off stage creating the costumes.  Cathie is a stalwart of MMuDS and Life Member having started with the company in 1988 and done just about everything both on and off the stage.

When designing costumes, Cathie has scoured programs and theatrical books for inspiration, scrounged in the local op shops for suitable clothing and materials, and then, through hard work and perspiration has designed and sewn costumes for over 30 MMuDS productions.

But, when it came to the costumes for Beauty and the Beast, Cathie had to think outside the box … literally. “The costumes for this show are "exacting" to say the least” Cathie says. It is not often MMuDS’ hears "I've just organised with the Men's Shed to get some help with the costumes"…. the Men's Shed?   How do you make a costume for a character that is, essentially, a chest of drawers, complete with drawers that open and close?

Cathie Smith and Brian Taylor from the Men's Shed

Enter the Men's Shed.  The men at the Men’s Shed were surprised and bemused but willing to give it a go.   Several weeks ago, there appeared a suitable box, with drawers and wheels at the base so the “costume” can be easily wheeled around the stage. 

Dallas Daniel who plays the Opera singing chest of drawers quipped, “I hope I don’t give a wooden performance!”

Cathie and her band of costume creators are putting the finishing touches costumes for other cast members including a candelabra, a feather duster, a teapot and a tea cup and a  Grandfather Clock, also provided by The Men’s Shed.

To see all these magical and mysterious marvels, be sure to book tickets for Beauty and the Beast soon as tickets are selling fast.

Showing in 2017...

Lyfe of Bryan ~ The Musical

"Lyfe of Bryan ~ The Musical" brings to MMuDS the opportunity to work with a professional Australian dramaturge adapting a favourite film to the stage.

 "Lyfe of Bryan ~ The Musical" is a show based on a biblical story line featuring original songs written for the show. The plot is loosely based on the 1979 Monty Python movie ‘The Life of Brian’ but is totally reimagined to work as a live stage performance. Many scenes will be created ‘in the moment’ and will vary from performance to performance.

The idea of the show is to include as many local people, many of whom have never been on stage before. The aim of the show is to encourage local participation, inspiration and a happy community.

Cast information on the Lyfe of Bryan page.

Lyfe of Bryan - the musical - showing June 2017

Enquiries to Producer, Karen Pirie:

Play Reading Group

Due to the presentation of Beauty and the Beast this month, the Play Reading Group is having a short break!

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

24 Oct 2016 7:00 PM (UTC+11:00) • Delatite Hotel, Mansfield - unless otherwise stated.
28 Nov 2016 7:00 PM (UTC+11:00) • Delatite Hotel, Mansfield - unless otherwise stated.
01 Jun 2017 (UTC+10:00) • Mansfield

Local Vocals

On a very cold, rainy and windy night in August, Local Vocals performed at the Mansfield Library. Singing a range of songs that celebrated winter, these Winter Melodies warms the hearts of both singers and our audience ... or it may have been the mulled wine.

Here is a snippet from the performance: Singin' in the Rain arranged by our very own Alicia Follett:

Local Vocals performing "Singing in the Rain" at the Mansfield Library last month.

Local Vocals is currently having a well deserted break and will recommence rehearsals on Wednesday, 5 October 7-9pm at Nobian Place.

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

MAD Orchestra

Cayd Tumai performing with the MAD Kids Band at the September Soiree concert.

The MAD Orchestra, MAD Kids Band and MAD Strings Ensemble, supported by the Benalla Rose City Band, performed to a large and appreciative audience at its September Soiree concert.

Congratulations to all for putting on a splendid afternoon's entertainment.

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

From the Archives

A Little Night Music - 2004

See anyone you know?

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

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


If you are a member of MMuDS, or are already on our contacts database, you should be receiving our email newsletter each month automatically.  If not, you can subscribe here.

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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