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

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2021 June concert – STREAMED – Update!

Due to the government restrictions changing, we can now have 75% capacity in the theatre on Friday. If Karralyka has already refunded your ticket, but you would still like to join us in the audience (and we’d LOVE to have you) you will need to purchase a ticket from the Karralyka Box Office. If you…

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2020 MDMS AGM Announcement

Mountain District Musical Society Annual General Meeting Announcement Date: 26th November 2020 Time: 8:00pm Venue: Zoom All current committee positions will be declared open and we welcome anyone who is interested to come down and play a part in the exciting future direction we are heading. You would be joining a hardworking, supportive group in…

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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.

Did you miss out on our 2021 concert – Broadway is Back?

Tickets are still available for the recording right here!

So kick back, grab the popcorn, and enjoy watching some of the greatest performers in the Eastern suburbs perform stellar hits from Broadway!

If you’d like to take a look at the program, you can find it here.

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Feeling a bit down after the latest round of lock-downs?Wanting to see a Theatre show, but know you're just not allowed to go?Why don't you bring the Theatre into your own home and check out MDMS' 2021 concert "Broadway is Back"?We were incredibly lucky to be able to bring this show to the stage at the Karralyka Centre, and because it was livestreamed, you can still go online and watch it!If you haven't seen the show yet, grab your ticket now!buy.stripe.com/aEUbJUacy5z4eyc8ww ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

Vocal Vibes Chorus
A few of our members spent Friday night cheering on our Membership Coordinator (and fantastic lead!) Frances as she performed with the Mountain District Musical Society. Well done all for a fantastic performance!#localtheatre #broadwayisback ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

Karralyka Centre
Last chance to join us TONIGHT for an incredible celebration of all things theatre and musical fanfare for Mountain District Musical Society show “Broadway Is Back” 💃🏼 Tickets available via our website or at the box office door prior to the show and don’t forget, our live streaming option is also available so you can relax at home and listen along to all of your favourite classic musical hits! 🎶 Friday 25 June 8pm$38 | Adult$25 | Concession$25 | Child$15 | Live stream passTickets available here: www.karralyka.com.au/Theatre/Touring-and-community/MDMS-presents-Broadway-is-Back ... See MoreSee Less
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Our Team

John Leahy

President

Jason Fabbri

Vice President

Frances Dyson

Secretary

Lyn Alexander

Treasurer

Tyler Delacretaz

Webmaster

Barry Baker

General Committee

Tania Blanksby

General Committee

Jacquie Walsh

General Committee

Amy Montin

General Committee

Will Deumer

General Committee

David Sly

General Committee

Sonia Agjee

General Committee

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Our Venues

Karralyka Centre - Broadway is Back (June 2021)
Melba College Theatre - Annie (Jul 2019)