9th Annual Cabaret Australian Cabaret Showcase Finalists Announced.

The 9th Annual Australian Cabaret Showcase this week held heats in Sydney, Melbourne and Gosford and after some tough competition the 10 finalists that will take to the stage in this years Grand Final have now been confirmed for the final on Friday December 23, 2011.

What Happens When Child Stars Grow Up?

When the notices went up, literally thousands of young girls around Australia put up their hands to audition for the musical Annie on stage next year in Sydney. Melbourne and Brisbane auditions follow next year. While they may dream of stardom, is scoring a lead role at a young age good for them? David Spicer spoke to former child stars to find out what happens when the applause dies down.

In 1978 Gabi Schornegg auditioned for the role of Annie in the first production ever staged in Sydney. She had the opposite of traditional stage parents.

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.

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