Schools on Stage

Little Shop of Horrors

By Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Directed by Kerri Hilton. Xanten Centre, St Norbert College, Queens Park, WA. 25-28 March 2015

St Norbert College staged this quirky little musical in their own theatre, with great style. A smaller than usual cast for a school musical, it was a tight production that highlighted some excellent emerging talent.

It is easy to see why Kerri Hilton has a reputation as one of our state's best directors for young people, bringing out outstanding characterisations and beautifully nuanced performances.

Brontë

Ravenswood School for Girls

What’s New Pussycat?

Carwatha College P-12

Judith Prior’s What’s New Pussycat? was presented at Carwatha College P-12 on the 15th and 16th of May this year. It was a purrrrrrr-fect show for our P-12 College. Based on the classic story of Puss in Boots, the show is a laugh a minute with many show stopping songs for the whole family.

Young Hercules

Te Waotu School

As a director of both school and theatre group shows for over 20 years, I have worked with a large variety of material both good and not so good.  I am a fan of the Maverick Musicals catalogue as I find that there is always a degree of consistency and quality to the shows on offer.  

Funny Girl

Roseville College.

Funny Girl is a much loved musical that celebrates the life of the famous Vaudevillian, Fanny Brice. From Fanny’s determination to be discovered, the height of her fame as a Ziegfield Girl and the disastrous end to her marriage, Funny Girl is a moving tribute to the life of a determined, talented woman.

The Addams Family

Brentwood Secondary College, Victoria

Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Awards Junior Section Winners 2014

Presentations for the winners of the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria's 28th Annual Bruce Awards were held on December 13, 2014 at the George Woods Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar.

The Junior Winners are:

Junior Production of the Year 

Hairspray, Caulfield Grammar School

Direction of a Junior Production

Peter Tserbis, Hairspray, Caulfield Grammar School

 

Cinematic Theatre Comes of Age

The integration of live performance and the magic of the big screen is more popular than ever. Brad Jennings and Steven Maxwell have been pioneers of the art form. Their company Markwell Presents was founded in 2002 after the school teachers met and worked together to produce original work.

Schools Spectacular 2014

Its alumni include international artists Human Nature; musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman; 2013 The Voice finalists Diana Rouvas and Darren Percival; ARIA winners Paulini and Angus and Julia Stone; musical theatre stars David Harris, Lucy Maunder, Amanda Harrison, Julie Goodwin and Trevor Ashley; composer Gavin Lockley and country singers The McClymonts, Felicity Urquhart and Darren Coggan.

What new talent from NSW public schools waits to be discovered in this year’s Schools Spectacular?

Seussical Jr.

St Mark’s Anglican Community School. Directed by Kristy Raymond. Barbara Godwin Performing Arts Complex. 23-25 Oct 2014

Seussical is clearly the show to do at the moment, with numerable productions recently in the west and at least another in rehearsal. This incarnation, presented by the Middle School students of St Mark’s Anglican Community School, was a high quality, great feeling production.