Stirling Players

Quality Drama productions in the Adelaide Hills.

The Stirling Players had their humble beginnings in the early part of 1972 when a mere 25 people voted for the formation of the Hills Drama Group. Soon after that inaugural meeting, the group's first public appearance was the melodramatic one act play Temptation Sordid and Virtue Rewarded. Subsequent increasing interest prompted a name change to the current Stirling Players. In 1976 the Stirling Players were the initiators of the Hills Festival of One Act Plays, the first of which was held in the Stirling Community Theatre. Since those early days of one act plays, hundreds of people of all ages have appeared on stage and behind the scenes in more than a hundred productions.

We have established a reputation for staging challenging plays, new plays fresh from success in London and New York, and contemporary Australian drama.

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Hills Musical Company

Award Winning Musical Productions.

The Hills Musical Company was formed in 1972 to make use of the Stirling Institute which was then mostly an unused building, and under threat of being demolished in the name of progress.

The HMC began performances in 1973 with our first production being “Kiss Me Kate”, directed by Didy Pederick and John McGregor with Leith Pederick as Musical Director.

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Hills Youth Theatre

Drama Teaching and Training for Students 5 - 18.

Bringing Adelaide Youth to the stage since 1986. Hills Youth Theatre is a community based non-profit organisation which provides quality drama education and performance opportunities to children from 5 to 18 years old.

Three shows are held each year: June show - involving all the youth students; August (Senior) show - involving all senior students only and January show - open to all youth and senior students.

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Carolan School of Ballet

Training in the Ceccheti method.

The Carolan School of Ballet has been established in the Hills for over 40 years and is run by Carole Hall. It caters for the training of children of all ages from 4 years and up in the Cecchetti method of ballet.

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Recent Productions


  • Avenue Q - HMC
  • Our Man in Havana - Stirling Players
  • 1918 - HYT
  • Pollyanna - HYT
  • Side Show - HMC
  • Fringe@Stirling - Verendus Theatrical
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Stirling Players
  • Snow White - HYT
  • 2017

    • Spring Awakening - HMC
    • The Clean House - Stirling Players
    • Pride and Prejudice - HYT Seniors
    • Blinky Bill - Hills Youth Theatre
    • AIDA - Hills Musical Co
    • One Act Comedy Spectacular - Verendus Theatrical
    • Forget Me Not - Stirling Players
    • Oliver - HYT
    • 2016

      • Smokey Joe's Cafe -HMC
      • Our Country's Good - Stirling Players
      • Night at the Wax Museum - HYT
      • James and the Giant Peach - HYT
      • The Full Monty - HMC
      • Variation on a Theme - Stirling Players
      • Cinderella - Pantomime - HYT