Welcome to the Mountain District Musical Society Inc, we bring theatre to life in Melbourne’s leafy Outer-Eastern suburbs.

Join Mountain District Musical Society for a night of toe – tapping
musical hits from some of the world’s greatest musicals!

From the jazzy streets of Chicago to the bohemian life of Rent, MDMS’ 2019 concert will have you remembering all the fantastic musicals you’ve seen, and remind you of some of the best musicals of our time! After a successful run of 2 shows at Karralyka in previous years, we are thrilled to have MDMS back to blow us all away with their talent.

Be sure to book your tickets for this wonderful feel good musical event!

Tickets: $29

Our History

Mountain District Musical Society is an amateur musical theatre group in the outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

We perform full scale musicals, smaller shows and concerts. We also get together as a choral group to sing carols in hospitals around Melbourne at Christmas.
MDMS prides itself, not only on the quality of its performances, but on its community atmosphere. Many performers join the group to hone their theatrical skills, but also to have fun, meet new people and be part of a community.

The Society began in the 1940′s as a CWA (Country Women’s Association) choir, concentrating on choral works. There was also at that time, a CWA male choir who later combined with the ladies and formed the Mountain District Choral Society.

The group then added concert versions of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and excerpts from popular shows to the repertoire. In 1977, under the musical direction of Val Kewish, assisted by the late Margaret Proctor, the company staged its first G&S, Trial by Jury. These performances became an annual event. Early venues included school and community halls in Ferntree Gully, Emerald, Upwey and Boronia.

In 1984, the Karralyka Theatre, Ringwood, become the home of our stage productions which so far have taken place mid-year since then. The society also performs annual concerts in spring. Traditionally these have been a choral type performance with many oratorio, contatas and classical works performed over the years.

In 1997, the company changed its name to MOUNTAIN DISTRICT MUSICAL SOCIETY and is commonly known today as “MDMS”. The society currently performs a one-off concert in Autumn, a musical mid-year, a staged variety performance or small musical in Spring and carols at Christmas time.

Like many amateur theatre companies, we have faced adversity – in 2009 we lost our storage space and were forced to get rid of many of our assets and amalgamate what was left with a neighbouring theatre group.  However, instead of seeing this as a loss, we instead embraced the opportunity to collaborate with the companies around us, forging alliances that help everyone in what is a rather competitive time in Melbourne amateur theatre.

It is this community spirit that defines MDMS.   We have many and varied people passing through our doors, but our big claim to fame is the warmth with which the company is regarded by those who perform with us.  Many members are keen to ‘return’ after an absence from MDMS and new members often comment on our friendliness when they first become involved with the company.

MDMS stands not only for community spirit, but for the spirit of fun, and the encouragement of theatrical talent.

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3 weeks ago

Trish Guthrie-Jones

Our thoughts are with Peter Frid and Lauren Attri as they grieve the loss of wife and Mum, Jenny.
Jenny was a past President and great supporter of mdms. She fought so bravely against the cruel and unfair disease of early onset dementia. She passed peacefully at 3am in Ringwood Private hospital yesterday with devoted Pete by her side. I feel honoured and humbled to have seen Jen on Friday afternoon to be able to tell her how lucky we were to have her at mdms and how grateful we will always be.
Funeral details will follow but please let's keep Jen's family and friends in our thoughts. xx
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Our Team

Ray Lawson

President

Sonia Agjee

Vice President

Frances Dyson

Secretary

Lyn Alexander

Treasurer

Tyler Delacretaz

Member

Dale Hall

Member

Simone Quodling

Member

David Sly

Member

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Our Venues

Karralyla Centre - Showstoppers (Feb 2019)
Melba College Theatre - Annie (Jul 2019)