State of Play

Whitney Fitzsimmons looks at 2012 theatre seasons across Australia.

It’s that time of year again when theatre companies from across the country release their eagerly awaited new seasons. Avid members of Australia’s theatrical community attend launches, crack open season brochures and hungrily peruse what’s on offer in 2012 - almost like patrons on the waiting list of the latest most chic restaurant, salivating, waiting to be seated and experience that first delectable meal.

School Holiday Family Theatre

School Holidays – December 2011 / January 2012.

Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows

Glenn Elston presents a promenade productionof Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank,The Wind in the Willows, in both Sydney and Melbourne during January.

“Dear Cate, I Want My Money Back.”

The latest STC play starring Cate Blanchett may well be a crowd puller, but it is not necessarily a crowd pleaser. Meanwhile business is booming for the MTC with Geoffrey Rush packing them in ‘earnest’ in Melbourne.

David Spicer reports on a tale of two theatrical cities.


Nominations were announced on December 18, 2011 for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2011, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday January 16, 2012 at 6pm at the Paddington RSL.Link to Award Winners

Gillian Cosgriff: Waitressing… and other things I do well

After little more than a year out of WAAPA’s Music Theatre Course, Gillian Cosgriff has already toured her successful cabaret show Waitressing… and other things I do well to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane following its initial successful season at the 2011 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Now she is playing two nights at the 2012 Melbourne Comedy Festival on April 13 & 14.


Stage Masters brings 42 young performers together to present Jason Robert Brown’s 13 – A New Musical at Randall Theatre – St Martins Youth Arts Centre, South Yarra (Victoria) from December 14 – 18.

“I wanna fly, wanna drive, wanna get rich, wanna get out, wanna get my braces off, wanna get my nose pierced, wanna grow my hair long.” -

13 – A New Musicalis about the one thing we never stop doing - growing up.


Children's casting for Brisbane now announced. - Link

Earlier coverage of the call for casting.

Registrations are now open for girls aged between 7 and 14 to audition for the roles  of the ORPHANS and ANNIE in this exciting new production of the ever popular Broadway Musical, opening at Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s, (QPAC’s) Lyric Theatre on April 7 2012.

Final Nick Enright Musical Revisited by New Musicals Australia

Director Rachel Moorhead and original creator, Musical Director David King are directing a presentation of The Good Fight, for the New Musicals Australia’s November/ December Developmental Reading Workshops.

Pippa Grandison: Stepping in as Mrs Banks

Pippa Grandison took over the role of Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins from Marina Prior in October. Neil Litchfield caught up with Pippa in her dressing room at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, before a recent performance.

Pippa Grandison is no stranger to taking over roles at the Capitol. She took over the role of Elphaba in Wicked from Amanda Harrison, and shared it for six months last year.

How have you found stepping into the role of Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins?



By Coral Drouyn.

Tracy Harvey isn’t Stephen Sondheim. Nor is she trying to be. For one thing, she could never manage the beard.

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