Tickets on sale soon!

Beauty and The Beast

A rose by any other name would be as beastly ….

A theatrical performance is made up of many parts.   One of the less obvious is set dressing.  Set dressing is everything on the stage that is not handled by the actors and fills the set, making it more appealing and interesting for the audience and helping to set the tone of the production. 

One of the important pieces of set dressing in Beauty and the Beast is the Enchanted Rose.  An Enchantress places a powerful curse on Prince Adam, handing him an enchanted rose and turning him into a Beast.  The curse can only be broken if the Beast learns to love another and receives the other's love in return before the last petal from his enchanted rose withers and falls.

Enter our very own “Maurice” tinkerer and general problem solver, Tony Newman.  Tony is applying his former engineering experience and skills to create an enchanted rose for MMuDS’ forthcoming production of Beauty and the Beast.

The brief: Create a rose that will reliably lose its petals, one by one, on cue and in time with the music.  The rose will be on stage and visible during the whole performance.  The rose will be covered by a glass dome so it cannot be “spot” lit.  The rose has to lose its petals reliably for dress rehearsals and all performances. 

The story so far:   Tony has been working away during this long cold winter on what he has come to call …”the beastly rose”.  After false starts, equipment failures, redrafts, system failures, rethinking and a number of prototypes, the enchanted rose is “coming along quite nicely”.

The result … well, you will have to come and see Beauty and the Beast to find out!

Tony Newman works on creating the "Beastly Rose"

Tickets for Beauty and the Beast go on sale on 1 September.

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

Sat, Sep 10th @ The Proddy

In Wired Rain

IN WIRED RAIN tells the story of Robyn, a woman who tries to deal with the challenges life and Motherhood throws at her whilst confronting the ghostly presence of her daughter Henny. The audience is asked to join the stellar ensemble cast of five women on a path of discovery.

is a new project from BackYardTheatreEnsemble (BYTE). This non naturalistic piece of theatre has comic moments, moments of deep sadness and a strong female story. It explores the integration of theatre, physical theatre, music and art. Featuring puppetry, fine art, movement and live cello throughout the performance.

The Lyfe of Bryan team is bringing this performance of a highly creative play by Joachim Matschoss, our guest writer for LOB, to Mansfield after its season at the Abbotsford Convent:

Sat, Sep 10th

Dinner: Buffet: 6:30 - 7:30.
Show: 7:30 - 8:30   
Dessert served afterwards.

Show: $22, Buffet Dinner: pay on the night.

Show tickets can also be purchased from S&AJ, 85 High St.

Save the Date: Reading: Sun, Sept 11th

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.

The writing for Lyfe of Bryan .. the Musical is now almost completed. We will be having a reading on Sunday morning September 11th . (Over by lunchtime). We will mainly want the members of the cast with specific roles, but as many of the cameos are still yet to be allocated, anyone who is interested will be welcome. The details (when and where) will be sent directly to cast members by email.

Cast information on the Lyfe of Bryan page.

Lyfe of Bryan - the musical - showing June 2017

Enquiries to Producer, Karen Pirie:

Play Reading Group

Chekhov: the 2nd bite

The MMuDS Play Reading Group will continue with enjoyment of Anton Chekhov’s play, Uncle Vanya.

The July meeting looked at the script, read some scenes, discussed the themes and characters, and drew up a preliminary cast list. Having had time to get somewhat acquainted with the roles, we will complete the reading on Monday, August 29.

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.

The 2012 performance of Uncle Vanya by the Sydney Theatre Company in New York City was hailed by one veteran critic as the best theatre he had ever seen, high praise for Cate Blanchett and the Aussie cast. It was physical with laughable awkwardness and much humour. We get the most out of Chekhov’s plays if we let ourselves laugh and cry at the same time.

Everyone is welcome to attend and/or participate in the reading at the Delatite Hotel on Monday, August 29th, (please note change of normal date) starting at 7 pm sharp.

For more information phone Leigh Johnstone on 0448 308 284 or Lex Ross on 0417 729 712.

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

Making a Difference...

HeyWire Competition

Are you a young, regional Australian?

Do you have a passion for your community and a story to tell?

Would you like to go to Canberra and represent your local community at the Heywire Regional Youth Summit?

The ABC Heywire Competition is in its 19th year.  If you’re aged 16-22, and live outside the big cities, enter your story in the Heywire competition and be part of something big.

Entries close 16 September 2016. For more information please go to

Cosy up at the Mansfield Library this Friday

Local Vocals

Play the short sampler video!

While the weather has suddenly turned just a little warmer (lovely sun-shiny days) this has not dented the enthusiasm of the Local Vocals choir to continue rehearsing for its performance at the Library this Friday.  The choir will sing some of its old favourites such as Pachabel’s Cannon and have learned some new songs especially for this performance including Singin’ In the Rain and Sleigh Ride.

Lasting about an hour, this free event, which also includes drinks (including mulled wine) and nibbles, will be full of local talent and community spirit.  Come and celebrate all things wintery, and join the Library and Local Vocals at the Mansfield Library this Friday (19 August) 6.30pm.  Bookings are preferred: please contact the Library direct on 5775 2176.

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

Diary Note: Soiree Afternoon: Sat, Sept 10

MAD Orchestra

The MAD Orchestra has returned to playing after a month long break during July. Lots of musicians were busy practising during the time off and some instruments were gathering dust!!  But, our first rehearsal back was AMAZING!!! 

We are preparing for a combined Soiree afternoon on September 10th with the Benalla Rose City Band, MAD Strings Ensemble and MAD Kids.  We will be performing some combined items with over 40+ players for some pieces! Wow.  This will be an event not to be missed. Music will include marches, movie themes and more! The concert will begin at 2pm at the Mansfield PAC. Donations at the door please.

Our BATB pit orchestra is busy at work preparing their parts for the upcoming musical.  We have welcomed a couple of new faces to the crew and it’s been a great sounding group so far.  Our string section have set the bar very high under the direction of Lucy Cleeland. They held extra rehearsals while the Sketchers were away traveling, so all the other sections are now busily rehearsing hard to keep up with them.

Finally, some of our youngest musicians are auditioning for solo positions in the upcoming September concert. They have been practising their chosen pieces hard, gaining confidence by performing in front of others and showing great focus during group rehearsals on Monday evenings. These up and coming musicians will be our future stars in the pit and on stage!  Remember to come along to support them at the concert.

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

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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