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The 30 Semi-Finalists for the 2014 Rob Guest Endowment Award were announced today (July 25, 2014)....
2014 Helpmann Awards Nominations
Nominations for the 2014 Helpmann Awards were announced simultaneously tonight (July...
ONCE: Cast Announced
Over a morning Guinness at Melbourne’s downtown Irish Times pub, the cast was...
STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: July / August 2014 EDITION OUT NOW!!!
In This Edition: Beautiful Brains - Angie Milliken and Sigrid Thornton shine in same role...

Latest Reviews

Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Shane Lowrencev bring an enormous amount of energy and comic relief to this...
Macbeth
Double, double toil and trouble – sayeth the famous witches, and likewise with this...
Britney Spears: The Cabaret
In another world or era Christie Whelan Browne would be a Superstar with an entourage to...
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
I had the pleasure of seeing a matinee of The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Given...

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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 »

Costume Marketplace 2013
Many theatre companies which have costumes to hire for...

Finding a Show »

Saturday Night Fever Available for Community Theatres
David Spicer Productions is thrilled to announce that...

Other Goods and Services »

Fireworks: Flame on Stage
Steve Lawrence from Geelong Fireworks reports. Theatrical...

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 »

ENTECH CONNECT
Melbourne’s Sound, Light and Staging Expo ENTECH...

Theatre Companies »

A Tale of Two Community Theatre Companies
What makes great community theatre companies tick? David...

Training »

VCA: A Little Touch of Chaos
How do new music theatre works get a hearing? With great...

Venues »

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

Stage Briefs

The Collective will present the first Australian professional production of Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown's rousing Parade, the tragic true story of a man accused of murder, at Melbourne’s 45 Downstairs from...
Five of Australia's most diverse musical theatre talents will appear for one night only in William Finn's ELEGIES: A SONG CYCLE on Monday 11th August, 2014 at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club in Melbourne. ELEGIES: A SONG CYCLE is a...
New Show Added at 6pm on May 25. Celebrating the life and music of the multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter Marvin Gaye, whose records sold in the millions and who continues to influence a legion of artists the world over, Let’s Get...

Community Theatre

Iconic play Twelve Angry Men, adapted by Sherman L Sergelfrom the teleplay by Reginald Rose, is Playhouse Players’ August 2014 production at the Richmond Theatrette (Vic). The play, concerning the deliberations of the jury in a homicide trial...
On Friday night, July 25, invited guests gathered at Kwinana's Koorliny Arts Centre (WA) for their 2015 launch. The Arts Centre was decorated with canopies and bubbles and guests enjoyed canapés…and bubbles before moving to the...
What do you get if you combine a plant with a taste for human flesh, a hapless florist, catchy rock tunes, and a director with a flair for originality? Answer: a dark and imaginative twist on a classic black comedy musical. Tracey Hutley directs...

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

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...
At Melbourne’s Capitol Theatre on Thursday, 3 April 2014, 13 of the nation’s sharpest school-aged comic acts went head to head in a battle for the most laughs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns National...
Stage Whispers Magazine is proud to release our inaugural edition of SPARK: School Performing Arts Resource Kit,  which is a free on-line publication found at: www.stagewhispers.com.au/spark SPARK includes listings for performances available...