Schools on Stage


Can teenagers change the world? Playwright Dan Giovannoni thinks so and his play, commissioned by the Melbourne Theatre Company, shows how it can be done.

Stage Whispers: What is title about?

The Dream

The Heights School Players (SA). Golden Grove Arts Centre, Golden Grove. August 16-18, 2019

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” One of William Shakespeare’s most famous quotes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Little did he ever think, even in his wildest dreams (no pun intended), that one of his iconic comedies would be relocated to India and given the Bollywood Treatment!

Les Misérables

Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Original French text byAlain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. Additional Material by James Fenton. Adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Scotch College, Torrens Park, SA. July 26 – August 3, 2019


By Lionel Bart. Directed by Beth Parkinson. Mazenod College, Lesmurdie, WA. July 20-27, 2019

Mazenod College’s production of Oliver! might almost be described as "Oliver! - The Arena Spectacular". Performed in the round, in a converted gymnasium, with a revolving stage, huge set pieces and a cast of 55, this was a large scale theatrical experience. Design and decorations extend to the foyer and interval space, making this an immersive and exciting experience.

High School Student’s Hit Song

Sophia Chesworth released a song that went to the top of the country music charts whilst still at High School. She attends the Australian Performing Arts Grammar School (APGS), which allows students to study and chase a creative career.  

Sophia moved to the inner-city Performing Arts school in Sydney for her senior studies because she wanted to be supported to pursue her passions.

“I have to say my favorite thing about APGS is how supportive it is,” say Sophia.

Peter Pan

By Sir James Barrie, lyrics by Carolyn Lee, music by Morris (Moose) Charlap, additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolf Green, additional music by Jule Styne. St Hilda’s Anglican School For Girls. Directed by Sharon Kiely. Musical Direction by Tim Chapman. Joy Shepherd Performing Arts Centre, Mosman Park, WA. June 30 - July 2, 2019

Anything Goes

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by P. G Wodehouse. Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. John Curtin College of the Arts. Directed by Natalie Edmunds. Curtin Theatre, John Curtin College of the Arts, Fremantle. 26-29 June, 2019

"Delightful, delicious and delovely” - John Curtin College of the Arts’ Senior Musical features students from Years 9-12 in a toe-tapping production that is really is delighting its audiences.


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Book by Winnie Holzman. Rouse Hill Anglican College (NSW). May 22 – 25, 2019.

Rouse Hill Anglican College turned several shades of green last week for its musical. Green hoarding welcomed visitors to the auditorium. Students and staff in green sequined vests sold programs and treats. The orchestra’s green bow ties glittered as the audience found their seats. A giant dragon hovered above the green-draped stage.

The Addams Family

By Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Rosny College. Darren Sangwell (Director), Andrew Castles (Musical Director), Kristy Baker (choreography), Nicole Ottrey (costumes), Suze Quinn (vocal director), Chris Oakley (designer) and Aron Webb (lighting). 16-25 May 2019


Music: Marc Shaiman. Lyrics: Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman. Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan. Australian School of the Arts, Sheldon College, Brisbane. Redlands Performing Arts Centre. May, 2019.

It's an interesting conundrum - how do you stage a musical in which a key plot is about African-American civil rights, when your cast consists overwhelmingly of young Caucasian performers?