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2022 Kids shows News!

Our 2022 Children and Family Show will be Charlotte’s Webb and will be on stage from 5th August 2022.
This is our first kids show since Hansel and Gretel in 2019 and we can’t wait to get back on stage!
We’re inviting all kids, parents and families along to our information afternoon on Sunday 1st May to register your interest, show up what you can do and talk about how can act, join, play along and help with the production.

Info day on Sunday 1st May 2022 will have all you need to know about being involved in the upcoming kids and family show Charlotte’s Web opening on 5th August 2022.

The auditions will be open to kids of school age to get involved on or off stage in any way that they want to be.

Venue: Dempster Park Hall, 82 Phoenix St North Sunshine

Inquiries 0407802165

This event is also cancelled due to the Covid Shutdown in Victoria


50 year 2 Oct

A party to celebrate all the old times at Powderkeg Players/Sunshine Community Theatre/Dear Park Drama Group from 1971 to 2021, held at our current venue Dempster Park Hall.

Chicken and Champagne will be available to make it feel like the Gala night’s of old back in Deer Park.


BYO or drinks, prizes, stories, photographs, questions of long lost but not forgotten Powderkeg shows. 

Walk down memory lane, meet some old friends, tell those stories of theatre shows again and again! Help us piece together our history by filling in the gaps.

Contact secretary Gemma Francis with any question or if you have something historical you’d like to contribute, phone 0432 973 381 or email powderkegplayers@gmail.comTickets available, $15 per head all funds go towards support Powderkeg Players for the next 50 years.

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We’re thrilled to announce our most recent director Ashley Weidner will be out emcee of our 50th Anniversary celebration occurring on Saturday 17th July 2021 at Dempster Park Hall – 82 Phoenix St North Sunshine.
Ash might have recently come back to Powderkeg, but it’s been a long time coming. Ash has his own stories to tell of visiting the ‘playhouse in the middle of road’ in Deer Park back when he was a kid. If you’ve ever caught Ashley hosting a show at Witches in Britches while enjoying your pumpkin soup in the castle, you’ll know the will be entertaining! Tickets are available for our 50th Anniversary celebration on 17th July. 


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23rd Victorian Drama League Awards held on Sunday 24th November 2019

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Highlights from Powderkeg Players The Beast by Eddie Perfect direct by Tess Maurici

🎖Adjudicators Award to Donna and David Prince for creation of the cow
🥈Silver Award to Tess Maurici and Carol Own for best properties
🏆 Winner Ben Mitchell best actor in a minor role
🎈Nomination Caitlyn Yolland best actress in a minor role
🎈Nomination Kylie Ryan best actress in a leading role
🎈Nomination James Antonas best actor in a leading role
🏅Nomination Tess Maurici Best director in a Comedy
🐄 Nomination Powderkeg Players best production of a comedy
🙌Congratulations to all who won awards and nominations!


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Who are we?

President: Stephen Andrews

Secretary: Gemma Francis

Contact: powderkegplayers@gmail.com

Location:  Dempster Park Hall 82 Phoenix Street North Sunshine

Born in Melbourne’s west, the Powderkeg Players date back to the 70s and 80s where they staged several plays a year to a packed audience. We began life as the Dear Park Drama Group after a group of parents and teachers put on a Christmas production at Deer Park Primary school in 1971.  The play was so well received that the group negotiated a lease with the Commonwealth Department of Supply on the Albion Explosive Factory on Station Road. With a small grant from the Sunshine City Council, the group turned the empty hall into the Powderkeg Playhouse and their home.

Powderkeg Players acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

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