News and Features

Caroline O’Connor is set to head an excellent cast as evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno...
STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: September / October 2014 EDITION OUT NOW!!!
In This Edition: • Greening Wicked Star Jemma Rix • Immersive Theatre -...
GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY 2015 SEASON
Artistic Director Lee Lewis today (September 1, 2014) announced her second season for...
On The Town is Fancy Free
When the American Ballet Theatre present Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free in their...

Latest Reviews

The lights run across the stadium, the music comes up to deafening – and the game begins....
The Dream
Director Peter Evans effectively strips the Midsummer out of Shakespeare’s A...
Spike Heels
A script full of sophisticated witty one-liners, plus a serious subtext, four terrific...
Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole is a very good and well-written contemporary play on a subject we have seen...

The Show Business Directory

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Bonus David Campbell / John Bucchino Album For Stage Whispers Readers.
David Campbell has returned to the recording studio...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

Huge Props Sale
Storing props can be a major headache, but Melbourne...

Finding a Show »

Let’s Put on a Show.
Hot New Musical and Play releases from our Right’s...

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Comfortable Bums on Seats
Thinking of new theatre seats? Roger M Pratt from Hadley...

Production Team and Crew »

Stage Management: The Glue that Holds a Production Together
By Marcus Pugh from Resolution X Once the curtain opens,...

Sound and Light »

Can You Hear The People Sing?
System Sound reflects on the changes in audio technology...

Theatre Companies »

Many Happy Returns for Genesian Theatre
A small theatre in a large city is celebrating an enormous...

Training »

GCIT Leads the Way in Creative Industries
GCIT’s (Gold Coast Institute of TAFE’S) Coomera...

Venues »

Sound Advice For Eternity
Sydney’s Darlinghurst Theatre Company has firmly...

Stage Briefs

Following sell-out seasons of Carrie The Musical and The Drowsy Chaperone, Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre are proud to present the Australian premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim. An intimate look at the ‘Father of the Modern Musical...
Producer John Frost has announced that the musical Dirty Dancing will play in Melbourne and Brisbane in 2015 following its Sydney season. A decade after its World Premiere in Sydney in November 2004, Dirty Dancing will play at the Sydney Lyric...
David Spicer reports on a week where too much entertainment was barely enough. He’s attended the Queen concert, Hopelessly Devoted and Rolling Thunder Vietnam. Something rare happened this week. I bought a ticket. As a theatre reviewer and co-...

Community Theatre

Disney’s High School Musical is set to take to the stage at Rockdale Town Hall (NSW) from September 26 to October 5, 2014.  Chris Scarpellio (pictured below), who directs this Rockdale Musical Society production, talks Disney movies, and...
MADONNA and Justin Timberlake only had four minutes to save the world – but is 90 minutes enough to save a marriage at Garrick Theatre in WA? Written by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, Ninety is a short portrait of a failed marriage...
Brighton Theatre Company (Vic) presents Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee by Aidan Fennessy from August 23 – September 6, 2014 "For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams of the beautiful Annabel Lee …" Edgar Allan...

Stage Heritage and History

The age-old tradition of Stage Door Johnnies is alive and well in Melbourne (albeit in slightly updated form) for the star of Legally Blonde. Coral Drouyn explains. Way back in the 1880’s, when “Musical Comedies” and “Music...
When Maggie Moore (Mrs J C Williamson) left her marriage for a man fifteen years her junior, she took the theatrical couple’s international hit with her. Leann Richards reports. In 1894 theatre impresario J C Williamson was a very unhappy man...
In 1873, outside the Melbourne Theatre Royal, a fair young girl, with a face surrounded by reddish gold hair, approached manager Mr Harwood.  In a sweet voice, tinged with a slight Irish brogue she asked, ‘Please sir, can I be an actress...

Schools on Stage

Helena College (WA). Directed by Kristen Twynam-Perkins. Musical Direction by Helena Jeffrey. Helena College Performing Arts Centre. 14-18 Aug 2014 While Middle School musicals are becoming increasingly common, to mount a full-scale musical in a...
Directed by Kathleen Cocks/ Musical Direction by Harry Oliff. Mercedes College Performing Arts Centre, Perth WA. July 30 - Aug 2, 2014 It is peak school production season in Perth. Many schools are using the first few weeks of Semester II because...
Judith Prior’s What’s New Pussycat World Premiere. The Blue Mountains College in West Otago New Zealand staged the World Premiere of Judith Prior’s What’s New Pussycat in February.  The jukebox musical based on the story...