Mansfield Musical and Dramatic Society, Inc.

Sunday May 29

Lyfe of Bryan: Workshop

To kick off this exciting project we are inviting everyone who is keen to be part of 'Lyfe of Bryan - the musical' to come to a workshop where we can make some preliminary casting decisions for both principals and chorus.

Sunday 29 May 2016, 10am - 3pm @ Mansfield PAC

Please RSVP by registering here.

After the workshop, the writer, Joachim Matschoss, will finalise the story-line with the specific cast in mind.

The following Sunday, the principals and some chorus will meet again to fine tune the roles and discuss what is expected. Then... nothing to do until next February!

Lyfe of Bryan - the musical - showing June 2017

Written by Joachim Matschoss especially for MMuDS

Saturday May 28

Joachim Matschoss: a night of poetry and haiku

Remember “Small World”, and what an amazing and poignant piece of writing and acting it was?

Playwright Joachim Matschoss returns to Mansfield on the weekend after Cosi closes.

On Saturday night, May 28th at the Mansfield Regional Produce Store, he will be doing a poetry reading.

Joachim has published about 15 poetry books in the UK, Australia and the US. His readings, which he does regularly here and overseas, involve a cross section of his work in two blocks of 30 minutes.

The cover charge for the readings will be $15.

Buffet dinner is available after the show... please book your meal directly with Gill Belle (03) 5779 1404.

Casting Announcement

Beauty and The Beast

Many thanks to all those who attended our recent auditions. It is with great pleasure that MMuDS announces that the cast for Beauty and the Beast:

Beast Bob Symonds
Belle Amanda Harwood
Cogsworth Colin Price
Lumiere Ian Todd
Mrs Potts Leonie McLaughlin
Chip Orvokki Britton
Gaston Alex Duncan
Lafou Tristan Stevenson
Madam Bouche Dallas Daniels
Barbette Maja Valente
Silly Girls Taleah Hopgood
Shannon Arndt
Sarah Miller
Ensemble Sam Bell, Tom Bolitho, Trish Nichols, Charli Cooper,
Georgia Smith, Abbey Baxter-Adamson, Kate White,
Keira Price, Amelia Smetak, Annie Mansfield, Cecelia Walker

We are still looking for a few men to fill small roles as well as ensemble.
Please contact Producer Deb Dodgson on 0408 398 336.

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

Play Reading Group

Irish masterpiece  

Lilting rhythms and broad brogues will be heard at the May meeting of the MMuDS playreading group as the readers tackle a classic of Irish theatre, The Playboy of the Western World. Written by J. M. Synge, this entertaining play is known for poetic, evocative language that celebrates the lyrical speech of the peasant Irish.

One dark night on on the far west coast of Ireland, Christy Mahon stumbles into Flaherty’s tavern and announces that he is on the run because he has killed his father.The reaction is far from what you would expect. Because of the novelty and boldness of Christy’s exploits and the skill with which he tells his story, the villagers hail him as a hero.

Women fall in love with him, to the dismay of their menfolk, and Christy exclaims, “It’s great luck and company I’ve won me in the end of time – two fine women fighting for the likes of me – till I’m thinking this night wasn’t I a foolish fellow not to kill my father in the years gone by.”

This challenging play defies categorisation, blurring the boundaries between comedy, satire, realism and farce. When it was first produced in 1907 it sent shock waves through the dramatic world and caused riots and national controversy, but it is now considered a masterpiece of poetic drama.

Everyone is welcome to attend the reading at the Delatite Hotel on Monday, May 23, starting at 7 pm sharp.

For more information phone Janet Mackenzie, 5775 2988.

MAD Orchestra

April was a very busy month for our MAD Orchestra, with 3 events on. First, we played up at the Tolmie Market and Antique Fair and were well received by a larger than usual audience there due to some travelling Grey Nomads. This event also featured Monty's first official playing and conducting gig. He was a huge star and hit all the high notes!

Our second event was our inaugural Jamieson playout as part of their Autumn Festival. It was a blue sky perfect afternoon and we were allocated a superb spot next to the town hall and general store. We had many admirers offer their congratulations to us on a fantastic outdoor gig which saw us performing a wide repertoire including Beatle's classics to marches and movie themes. We hope to return to Jamieson again next year to play.

Our third event in April was a service event for Anzac Day. We were joined by the children's choir and Local Vocals choir to accompany the anthems and hymns. We finished this event with a collection of popular 'army era' tunes such as It's a long way to Tipperary and Pack up your Troubles.

We head now into a period of serious practise and section rehearsal sessions as we begin learning newer and more challenging repertoire for later in the year.

And finally, Pit Orchestra preparations for the BATB production are almost underway, with player numbers now confirmed and musicians now just eagerly awaiting their music.

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 participated in the ANZAC Day Memorial Service in April.  One of our members created gum leaf and silver fern pins for the choir and MAD orchestra to wear commemorating comradeship between Australia and New Zealand. 

We are currently preparing for "Christmas in July", and are working on a repertoire of songs that epitomize the festive season in the Northern hemisphere. "Snow", "sleigh bells" and "winter wonderland" feature quite heavily! 

We encourage our existing members to come along and join in the frivolity and we warmly welcome any new members.

Local Vocals meets every Wednesday during school term from 7-9pm in Nobian Place at the Mansfield Primary School. Please contact

Local Vocals joins with MAD Orchestra and students from the local primary schools on Anzac Day 2016

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

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

29 May 2016 10:00 AM (UTC+10:00) • Mansfield PAC
30 May 2016 (UTC+10:00) • N/A
27 Jun 2016 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00) • Delatite Hotel, Mansfield - unless otherwise stated.
25 Jul 2016 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00) • Delatite Hotel, Mansfield - unless otherwise stated.

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.

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Keep in Touch!  How to contact MMuDS...

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