Schools on Stage

Jesus Christ Superstar

Scotch College Student Production

Fisher Chapel, Scotch College, Adelaide

July 29-August 1, 2015

Popstars! The 90’s Musical

By Neil Gooding and Nicholas Christo

St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe QLD

Popstars! was staged for the first time this year at nearly 20 schools across Australia and New Zealand. It is a celebration of the great decade of the 90’s driven by a soundtrack by artists such as The Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, N Sync, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, MC Hammer and many more.

It’s a battle of ‘Boyband v Girlband’ to win the state talent show.

Guys and Dolls

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

Lilydale High School

August 29th – 31st 2013

Lilydale High School has a range of possibilities for students to be involved in performance. Several of the lead performers in this production are studying drama, have been in other school musicals or have been involved in community youth theatre and it shows. They addressed the challenges of performance with confidence and using their strengths in characterisation and timing created a vibrant, entertaining show. They all deserve congratulations.

Can Expanded Wakakirri fill the gap left by Rock Eisteddfod?

Wakakirri, formerly a primary school only event, is now offering itself as the logical replacement for Rock Eisteddfod as Australia's largest annual performing arts event for secondary schools.

With the Rock Eisteddfod cancelling all shows due to dwindling participation rates and subsequent funding constraints, Wakakirri aims to fill its impressive dance shoes. For the first time, in 2013 Wakakirri will invite all secondary school students to participate, having previously been open only to primary school-aged students.


Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan. Music by Marc Shaiman. Lyrics by Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman. Ringwood Secondary College (Vic). Director: Benjamin Moody.  Producer: Michael Phillips. Set Design and Construction: Kevin Lewis. Musical Director: Lachlan Mackay. Costume Design Denise Rash. 9th – 17th August, 2013.

2013 Victorian State Schools Spectacular

The 2013 Victorian State Schools SpectacularThere’s No Place Like Home, is a huge concert-style extravaganza of high-energy dance routines, vocals and circus tricks featuring Victoria’s most talented young performers, in two shows only, Saturday 27 July, 11am and 5pm at Hisense Arena.

A cast of over 3000 from more than 300 State Schools from across Victoria will take part in this three-hour Spectacular.

The Great Australian Rock Musical

Sandgate High School QLD

Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Awards Junior Section Winners 2012

Winners of the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Awards for 2012 were announced at the Costa Hall, Geelong on December 8.

Winners of Bruce Awards for Excellence in the Junior Section of the 26th Annual Awards are listed below.

Image: Kim Anderson (award-winning Director) surrounded by the cast of Barnum, St Leonard’s College's Junior Production of the Year



The Awards

Sweet Charity

Book: Neil Simon. Lyrics: Dorothy Field. Music: Cy Coleman. Ringwood Secondary College (Vic). Director: Benjamin Moody. Producer: Michael Phillips. Musical Director: Victoria Wyatt. August 9 - 18, 2012.

You’ve got to love a show that inspires teenage boys to dance. And dancing is certainly a feature of Ringwood Secondary College’s Sweet Charity, from formal suits, hats and canes, to hippie groove-moves, and marching band. Not to take anything away from the girls, who sizzled in the dance hall scenes.

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde. Directed by Kristen Twynam-Perkins. Helena College (WA). June 18-20 2015

A very ambitious project for a Year 11 Drama class, Helena College's production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest featured every member of the class.

Designed and set with a 1950s Mad Men influence, the students thrived on the challenge and the show was beautifully received.

Noah Watkins and Stefan Brown worked very nicely together as Algernon and Jack respectively, showing wonderful charm and wit (although perhaps a little too pacy in Act One).