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Leading A “Normal” Life.

On the eve of opening as Diane in Doorstep Arts’ season of the extraordinary musical Next To Normal at GPAC in Geelong, leading lady Natalie O’Donnell takes time out to talk to Coral Drouyn

2013 MATILDA AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

A trio of veteran female artists noted for thriving in an industry that can overlook mature women has spearheaded the Matilda Awards honouring Brisbane’s most outstanding theatrical achievements of 2013.

Actors BARBARA LOWING and CHRISTEN O’LEARY and director ANDREA MOOR took home three of the five prestigious Gold Matildas. Lighting designer JASON GLENWRIGHT and independent company, SHAKE & STIR received the other top gongs in the 27th annual ceremony on March 10, 2014

30 YEARS OF VITALSTATISTIX

Thirty Vital Years for Independent SA Theatre Company. Lesley Reed reports.

In 1984 theatre-makers Roxxy Bent, Ollie Black and Margie Fischer created a dynamic new South Australian independent theatre company, Vitalstatistix, which soon came to be known amongst its followers as Vitals.

Based at Port Adelaide at the heritage-listed Waterside Workers Hall, the company maintains a feminist perspective, having developed a proud tradition of supporting women artists.

Lisa McCune: Leading Lady

In her former life as a TV script producer, Coral Drouyn once had Lisa McCune killed off (or at least her TV alter ego). As the multiple Gold Logie winner prepares for The King and I in 2014, the star and the screenwriter caught up for a chat.

ONCE IS ENOUGH.

The first launch of the smash hit Tony award musical ONCE, coming to Melbourne in Oct, gave us Guinness, champagne, Irish music and academy award winner Glen Hansard. Coral Drouyn was there to soak up the atmosphere and the champagne (one was enough).

The Production Company Season 2014

Jeanne Pratt AC, Chairman of The Production Company, has announced her Company’s 2014 season.

‘Three very different musicals are coming to Melbourne for our 2014 Season. Spanning sixty years of Broadway creativity, they are three of my favourite Broadway classics. Guys and Dolls opens our season on July 19, Show Boat opens on August 16 and our third musical is La Cage Aux Folles, which opens on November 22.

‘To star in these musicals, we have engaged artists who will shine and enchant our audiences.

BEYOND WICKED

Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett talks about beyondblue’s arts connection with Wicked to Coral Drouyn.

Wicked might not seem the perfect match for beyondblue, an organisation committed to helping those with depression of all kinds, but founder and chairman Jeff Kennett believes they are a perfect fit.

Fight Night: Adelaide Festival Audiences Get The Vote

South Australia is to have a state election in mid-March and many onlookers are finding the political games prior to the big day a little tedious. However, audiences can leave tedium at the door when attending the Adelaide Festival’s Fight Night, in which elections become a theatrical game in a very different, entertaining and totally absorbing perspective on politics.

STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE: March / April 2014 EDITION OUT NOW!!!

•  Mrs Popular: Lucy Durack on her wedding and Wicked white dress.

• The Art of Farce

• Lunch with Rocky Horror creator Richard O’Brien

• Melbourne’s thriving Independent Theatre scene.

• Sydney’s Theatre Gridlock

• Marty Rhone’s King and I stagecraft lessons with Yul Brynner.

• The Road to the Adelaide Fringe.

• School Performing Arts Resource Kit

• Reviews. What’s On. Broadway and West End

• Lots more…

Stephen Schwartz: From The Heart

Part Two of Coral Drouyn’s interview with Musical Theatre legend Stephen Schwartz during his 2013 visit to Australasia.

Cick here if you missed Part 1.

When you get the chance to talk to someone like Stephen Schwartz, and he’s open to any question, you can’t help but be a little bit cheeky.

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