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FULL HOUSE CATS.

More than a thousand people packed the Canberra Theatre to toast and celebrate another year of vintage community theatre on February 20.

HITS MISS OUT, WHILE BOX OFFICE LOSERS PROSPER.

Each year taxpayers pay millions to tour shows to regional Australia. A special investigation by Stage Whispers reporter David Spicer reveals that productions with limited audience appeal are getting funding while potential hits are snubbed.

2009 Green Room Nominations Announced

The Green Room Awards Association today (February 16) announced nominations for the 2009 Awards for excellence on the Melbourne stage. The recipients will be announced in a ceremony, hosted by Eddie Perfect, on Monday, 15 March 2010 at The Playhouse Theatre, the Arts Centre, Melbourne.

A new musical and a neglected musical.

A big musical theatre announcement for next year, and a significantly smaller one for next month, were made today (February 15).

35th Annual Robert Finley Awards

The 35th Annual Robert Finley Awards, Western Australia’s Community Theatre Awards, attracted the highest attendance in over ten years, with nearly 450 people gathering to hear the results.

SIMON BURKE KEEPS ON KISSING.

In big demand in the West End and in North America, Australian singer and actor Simon Burke has hit a purple patch playing leads in The Sound of Music and La Cage Aux Folles. He spoke with Peter Pinne about his career, on stage kissing and his newly released album.

Amanda Harrison Departs Wicked – Jemma Rix and Pippa Grandison to Share Elphaba

It was announced on February 9, 2010, that Amanda Harrison (pictured here with Jemma Rix at the Sydney launch), who has played the role of Elphaba, the green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West in the musical Wicked since it opened in Melbourne two years ago, is moving on.

No Future for Acorn Theatre

Kimberley Shaw reports on the demise of "The Smallest Theatre in the Southern Hemisphere."

Meet ‘Hamwet’ - Toby Schmitz a hot actor, director and writer.

 Toby Schmitz talks candidly to Emma Bell about acting, writing, directing and that promotional shot for his role as Hamlet for La Boite theatre.

What's with the wet T-shirt promotional shot?

THE BIG AUDITION: CASTING SPRING AWAKENING.

The Broadway musical Spring Awakening requires a cast of teenagers to portray the transition from youth to adulthood, as they learn about the joy of sexual awakening and its potential to devastate. To find new talent, the Sydney Theatre Company held open auditions in Sydney and Melbourne for its production in February.

Neil Litchfield spoke to the STC Casting Director Serena Hall on the challenges of sorting through 1000 aspirants, Australian Idol style, and cast member, Clare Bowen.

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