Tickets for Beauty and The Beast are now on sale!

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.

The Beast is coming…

A monstrous Beast has been heard inside the Mansfield Performing Arts Centre in recent weeks. Residents need not be alarmed, however, as the activity is due to MMuDS' 2016 musical production.

A well-loved animated Disney film from 1991 which later became a smash hit Broadway musical which ran for over 5,000 performances, Beauty and the Beast is currently occupying the ‘spare’ time of over 60 cast, crew and orchestra. 

Two of the lead roles, Alex Duncan and Amanda Harwood are part of this busy team and are both new to Mansfield and to MMuDS.

Alex, who moved to Mansfield in 2014, plays Gaston, a ‘chauvinistic pig’ who wants to make the beautiful, bright but “different” Belle his wife.

A first timer to the MMuDS stage, Alex blew the audition team away by his raw talent and stellar voice.  Alex continues to wow everyone during rehearsal with his portrayal of the thoroughly reprehensible Gaston in his relentless pursuit of Belle.

After taking on the role of Statutory Planner at the Mansfield Shire council, Alex says “I wanted to connect with the community and after seeing MMuDS’ production of Man of La Mancha I decided to try out for MMuDS’ next musical.”
Quietly spoken, wicked sense of humour, cheeky, fun-loving and with a voice which stops you in your tracks, Amanda Harwood is the perfect fit for Belle. 

Amanda is another new arrival to Mansfield, and hails from Kaniva in Western Victoria. She moved to Mansfield at the start of this year.  Like Alex, taking on the role of Belle is the first time on the MMuDS stage for Amanda.  Amanda started singing at a young age, began singing lessons at 14 and has continued to sing since.

“I love singing and I have always wanted to be in a musical,” says Amanda.

When not rehearing the principal role of Belle, Amanda is busy studying having recently started a Certificate III Course in Business. 

Like Belle, Amanda wants to see a lot more of life and is planning on travelling next year.

Alex Duncan and Amanda Harwood

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

Welcome to Television

Following a very successful rehearsed reading of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in August, the MMuDS playreading group will turn to something lighter for their September meeting.

“Beggar my Neighbour” is a three-act British comedy set at the dawn of the television era. 

All over the country, television aerials are bursting out of the roof, and this witty, genial play follows the aerial lead down into the house and finds out what happens when television arrives in the home.

When Mr Pedelty receives a television set as a retirement present he enjoys all the attention from his neighbours, but soon the attraction wears off. He sells it to a young couple living in the flat above him but they soon encounter the same problems.

Again and again the set is passed on to different characters, each of them in turn financially ruined and mentally distressed by the consequences of owning a television set.

First performed in 1953, the play was written by Arthur Ridley. He had a long career as a playwright and actor, and is best known for his role as Private Godfrey in the television series “Dad’s Army”.

With some juicy parts for actors, the comedy is an amusing light-hearted affair and excellent entertainment.

Everyone is welcome to attend the reading at the Delatite Hotel on Monday, September 26, starting at 7 pm sharp. MMuDS Play reading is very informal and loads of fun. No booking or registration is required... just turn up! For more information phone Janet Mackenzie 5775 2988.

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

01 Oct 2016 (UTC+10:00) • Sydney Australia
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


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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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