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New independent theatre company The Theatre Division will stage the Sydney Premiere season of...
HAVE YOU SEEN THE MAN CUB?
Jungle Book - The Musical takes to the stage in Newtown for the April 2014 school...
LUCY DURACK: MRS POPULAR
Musical Theatre favourite Lucy Durack has recently slipped into two new white dresses....
Shakespeare, Aussie Style
Celebrating Shakespeare's 450th Birthday. Celebrations are planned around the world...

Latest Reviews

The King and I is the perfect musical – exotic settings, a timeless score, and one of the...
Eugene Onegin
From the moment the curtains open on Mia Stensgaard’s deliciously romantic set, to...
Jungle Book - The Musical.
Sometimes a production is so unexpectedly good that you almost fall out of your seat in...
Strictly Ballroom The Musical.
It wasn’t so much an opening night of a musical – more like the launch of a...

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Stage to Disc with Peter Pinne 2013
GREASE (Warren Casey/Jim Jacobs) (Universal 3754911). The...

Costumes, Props and Sets »

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

Finding a Show »

MAN OF STEEL
2013 marks 35 years since the publication and first...

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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 »

Lighting and Sound on a Budget.
10 ways to save your show budget from a tech blowout....

Theatre Companies »

Behind the Scenes at MTC
What makes Australia’s oldest professional theatre...

Training »

AIM Opens Melbourne Campus
Eyes set on being the next pop star? The next tour producer...

Venues »

Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool: Turning a Theatre into a Beacon
The tired and faithful Warrnambool Entertainment Centre has...

Stage Briefs

Cabaret and Broadway stars Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway are set to bring their acclaimed cabaret show, Sibling Revelry to Sydney and Melbourne this June. The dynamic sisters first performed Sibling Revelry at New York’s Rainbow and...
For six weeks this winter, from June 2 to July 13, 2014, Sydney’s Hayes Theatre Co is turning into an exclusively cabaret venue. Experienced cabaret artists including Mark Nadler, David Campbell and John Bucchino, Rhonda Burchmore and Donna...
After seasons in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and soon to open in Perth and Adelaide, producer John Frost today announced (April 5, 2014) that GREASE is will play in Hobart with the full professional cast. John Frost said, “Rarely have I...

Community Theatre

2014 will be a very special year for Melbourne’s CLOC Musical Theatre, as the company prepares to launch its 100th production in its 50th year.  For old friends Tim Cant and Melanie Ott (pictured below) who are playing romantic leads...
When Shakespeare penned the phrase "What's in a name?" four centuries ago he would scarcely have imagined a musical by the name of Urinetown by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman. Whilst the title of the triple Tony Award winning Urinetown:...
Behind the scenes of MLOC’s June production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, is an all-female powerhouse. Director Lyn Laister started performing at age five in Brisbane, taught dancing and co-founded the Queensland Contemporary Dance Company,...

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

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...
Man of Steel uses an icon that, even in this day, is recognised by every student, parent and teacher. It’s a simple story and it worked for the new-entrants in our matinees, as much as for the 80-year-olds in the evening shows. It lends...