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YOUNG AUSTRALIANS LAND LEADS IN HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

After a casting process across 13 major cities around the world, RZO Dragon Productions, Global Creatures and DreamWorks Animation have announced the cast of the live entertainment event, How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular.

Two young Australian performers, Rarmian Newton and Sarah McCreanor, have been cast in the lead roles of Hiccup and Astrid. Due to the intense physicality of these roles, two actors are required to share each of these roles.

War Horse to Premiere in Melbourne

Puppets have come a long way since The Muppets, and if today’s media launch (April 18, 2012) at Arts Centre Melbourne is any measure, War Horse will be the talk of the town when it takes the stage this summer. Lucy Graham was there to meet the star of the show.

Puppets? Taking Melbourne by storm? You can’t be serious.

Deadly.

At the Arts Centre Melbourne this morning the media were introduced to the star of War Horse, a true-to life puppet called Joey, and the three puppeteers that bring him to life.

Casts for New Musicals Australia Workshops Announced

Top musical theatre performers includingBlazey Best, Peter Cousens, Michelle Doake, Rodney Dobson, Caroline Gillmer,Darren Gilshenan, Robert Grubb, Toby Francis, Gareth Keegan,Katrina Retallick, Justin Smith and Ian Stenlakeare among the castsin the season of free concert presentations of new Australian musicals in Sydney and Melbourne in November and December 2011.

Ghost The Musical to Premiere in Melbourne

Ghost the Musical, which was to haunt Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from August 2013, has now been postponed following the show's lacklustre showings in London's West End and on Broadway.

The West End production is set to close on October 6, 2012 after just over 500 performances, while the Broadway production closed on August 16 after just 136 performances.

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Nancye Hayes Up Close and Personal.

It’s the highest honour bestowed by the Live Entertainment Industry - The JC Williamson Award. This year three Leading Ladies shared the honour, Toni Lamond AM, Jill Perryman AM MBE and Nancye Hayes OAM (pictured above). As it happens all three received their training in the once mighty JC Williamson Company, which for a century was the producing company that dominated Australia and New Zealand.

Opera Australia Announces First Brisbane Season in 20 Years

The 2012 Brisbane season by Opera Australia has been announced, with tickets going on sale to the public from Monday 21 November, through QPAC. In May and June 2012 Australia’s national opera company will present The Magic Flute and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre for the first time. The casts include Queensland-based singers, Conal Coad, Andrew Collis and Milica Ilic as well as some of Opera Australia’s most renowned stars such as Taryn Fiebig, Lorina Gore and Jacqueline Dark.

Taymor Sues Spider-Man Producers

Earlier this week Showbiz411 reported that original director and co-writer Julie Taymor is suing the producers of Broadway’s Spider Man: Turn off the Dark, the named defendants being Michael Cohl’s 8 Legged Productions.

Malthouse Announces 2012 Season

Malthouse Theatre's 2012 season, unveiled by Artistic Director Marion Potts on November 7, features a mix of Malthouse Theatre’s signature engagement with cutting-edge contemporary dance and theatre, alongside companies and genres rarely seen on the company’s stages. Malthouse Theatre has transformed its season structure to present one single season that reflects the breadth and vivacity of Australian contemporary performance across its three stages. Drawing artists and ideas from all over the world, the twelve mainstage productions include six world premieres, fiv

Songs For Nobodies National Tour

Joanna Murray-Smith’s one-woman show, Songs For Nobodies, starring Bernadette Robinson, will play a return Brisbane season at QPAC's Cremorne Theatre from May 16 - 31, 2012 and Perth, at the State Theatre Centre of WA from June 22 to July 1, 2012.

The national tour has already included seasons at Brisbane Powerhouse (November 2011) and return seasons in Melbourne at The Fairfax Studio from December 21 – January 15, 2011, Sydney at The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House from February 3 – February 19, 2012.

Scarlett Strallen: Globetrotting Mary Poppins

West End performer Scarlett Strallen has stepped into the title role of Mary Poppins for eight weeks, as Verity Hunt-Ballard takes a well-earned break. Neil Litchfield caught up with Scarlett in her dressing room at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney early in her stint in the show.

Scarlett has now taken over the title role of Mary Poppins four times, twice in the West End, on Broadway and now in Sydney.

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