May 30, 2015 Comments off

Oklahoma! Destination Southern Highlands Image


By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

Directed By Barbara Handley

Set in a Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colourful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these to headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

See Bookings for Prices and how to book.



March 16, 2015 Comments off


After a great turn up to the auditions for Oklahoma on Sunday the 15th of March the cast has been decided on. Thanks to all those who came and auditioned and to everyone who helped out on the day.

                                                                  See Auditions page for casting information.

A Murder is Announced

January 19, 2015 Comments off

Imagine you get up one morning, make yourself toast and a cup of tea and sit down to read the paper.  You leisurely turn to the classifieds and scan down the For Sale ads, the Garage Sales, the Public Notices ……. and then you see it.  An obscure little entry ……


A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 13th

at Little Paddocks at 6:30pm.  Friends accept this, the only intimation.


At first funny, then a little odd you begin to wonder – Is this a joke, perhaps a little macabre, maybe it’s a themed party, it couldn’t be a threat ….. could it?  It’s probably just nothing ….. then again?


This is the set up for the Highlands Theatre Group’s latest offering, the Agatha Christie mystery A Murder Is Announced.  Fortunately Miss Marple happens to be around to help the characters work it out.


Ironically the play opens in 4 weeks on Friday 13th at the Mittagong Playhouse.  Given how busy the holidays can get, why not book it in now so you can just forget about it until the silly season is over!  A little bird tells me that this has a very strong cast and that rehearsals are going very well indeed so you should be in for a real Agatha Christie treat!  As always, opening night tickets are a steal at just $18* so get in quick!  Just  call Tourism Southern Highlands 0n 1300 657 559.


WHERE:         Mittagong Playhouse, cnr Old Hume Hwy & Bowral Rd, Mittagong

WHEN:           February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 &28 at 8pm

February 15 & 22 at 2pm

TICKETS:       Opening Night Special – all tickets $18

Adults: $22, Concession: $20, Family Tickets $69 (2 adults and 2   age

children with additional children at $5 each) Group prices also available

*booking fees apply

BOOKINGS: online at www.htg.org.au and click on the big yellow ‘BOOK button or visit or

call Southern Highlands Tourism on 1300 657 559

Ä Murder is Announced”- Tickets now available

January 11, 2015 Comments off

Tickets are now available for the Agatha Christie thriller Ä Murder is Announced”  Dates are Friday 13th, 20th and 27th February at 8pm, Saturday 14th, 21st and 28th February at 8pm, and Sunday 15th February and 22nd February at 2pm.  Venue is the Mittagong Playhouse.  See you there!  For  bookings follow the link



A Murder is Announced has been cast

January 9, 2015 Comments off

A well-attended Information Night and Auditions were held and rehearsals are now under way. The successful panel-decided cast is as follows:

Miss Marple                Jan Merriman

Letitia Blacklock         Maryanne Bawden

Dora Bunner               Kirrily Hope

Clara Swettenham       Peta Robinson

Julia Simmonds           Tiana Hope-Nicholson

Philippa Haymes         Emma Llewelyn

Mitzi                            Kirsty Clancy

Inspector Craddock    Stephen Gray

Sergeant Mellors         Tyler Cross

Patrick Simmonds       Thomas Moss

Edmund Swettenham Sam Mills

Rudi Scherz                Jonathan Mills


Oklahoma Update

November 25, 2014 Comments off


As you may know, we generally start the year with a big musical. Frensham however, could only offer us Clubbe Hall for the Easter weekend, through the school holidays and finishing on Anzac Day.  Obviously that would knock a number of actors/actresses out from auditioning, it would have an effect on audience numbers and more importantly it would also reduce our number of performances as the Southern Highlands Concert Band has some other engagements that conflict with this period.

So, the committee has made the decision to run one play first (Agatha Christie’s – A Murder is Announced – SEE INFO BELOW), then the musical followed by another play at the end of the year.  It is envisaged that OKLAHOMA will open in the middle of the year and as soon as we have dates we will let you know.

A Murder is Announced – Coming in Feb 2015 – Auditions December 7th

November 25, 2014 Comments off

HTG’s next show will be the Agatha Christie whodunnit “Ä Murder is Announced”.  The background goes like this:

“An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.”

The cast comprises seven women and five men.  Ages for both range from 20’s – 70’s.  One of the young women needs to be able to carry an Eastern European accent while all the others need to be able to carry a standard English accent.

The show will be performed in February 2015

Information Night: Mon Dec 1 at 7:30pm

At The Church Of Christ, 56 Wingecarribee St, Bowral – opp Police Station

Auditions: Sun Dec 7 at 1-4pm

At St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Bendooley St, Bowral – opp Corbett Gdns

For info phone Director Ebony Hope on 0411 464 833

To help behind the scenes, phone Nicole on 4861 4759


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