Schools on Stage

Young Aussies on Broadway

Young Aussie musical theatre stars from all over the nation embarked on the performance tour of a lifetime in January, which took them to New York City, to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, and ended in Hollywood.

The intrepid team of 41 “Aussie All-Stars” participated in theatrical performance workshops in New York, saw Broadway shows, represented Australia at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta and took part in the Disney Performing Arts program in California.

Legally Blonde

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, Book by Heather Hach. Iona Presentation College. Directed by Joshua Brant. Regal Theatre, Subiaco, WA. March 22-24, 2019

Iona Presentation College presented a beautifully polished Legally Blonde, with outstanding production values, a talented and united cast and a fabulous feel-good vibe.

2019 School Performing Arts Resource Kit

Stage Whispers is launching its 2019 School Performing Arts Resource Kit - SPARK - a free on-line magazine with a guide to putting on a show and attending school oriented productions.


Click below to read the 70 page free online magazine.




SPARK Includes articles on

• Sound

• Lighting and special effects

* Costuming


Music by Charles Strouse. Lyrics by Martin Charnin. Book By Thomas Meehan. Cherrybrook Technology High School (NSW). 14, 15, 16 March, 2019

Annie is a favourite for school productions, not just for its story and casting possibilities. The music is fun; there’s pathos, humour, a little bit of history and, because of Annie herself, confidence and optimism.

Performing Arts High

You have probably seen Fame and watched Glee, but what is it really like attending a Performing Arts High School? Laura Banning and Lola Bond from the Australian Performing Arts Grammar School in inner city Sydney have the low down.

How do you balance school work and performing?

Laura: APGS always incorporates the performing arts into our academic learning. The structure of three days of academic work and two days of performing arts allows a balance, making sure everything is covered equally.

MTC Family and School Tips in 2019

The Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2019 season is filled with stories of adventure, love, friendship, discovery and drama. The season takes audiences on a journey around Australia and the world via the very best new plays, reimaginings of beloved classics and fresh productions of international smash-hits.

Fiddler on the Roof

Book by Joseph Stein. Music by Jerry Bock. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Moriah College. October 21 – November 1, 2018.

Think less of a high school putting on a musical and think more of the school spectacular. To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Moriah College put on a production on a scale certainly larger than any community theatre in Sydney.

First you are handed for free an almost 50 page chunky program. Then you look into the orchestra pit and see 26 accomplished adult musicians.

Fiddler on the Roof at Moriah College

Moriah College, Sydney’s oldest and largest Jewish school, presents the definitive production of the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof from 21 October to 1 November, 2018 – and with an all-singing, all-dancing cast of more than 150. It’s a Tradition!

The Addams Family

Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa, book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Mercedes College. Directed by Kathleen Cocks. The Regal Theatre, Subiaco, WA. 27-29 July, 2018

Mercedes College’s production of The Addams Family was a lavish production that belied that it was a school production with professional production values, excellent direction and an exceptional young cast.

Legally Blonde

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Neil Benjamin, Book Heather Hach.Scotch College, Torrens Park (SA). 27 July to 4 August, 2018.

Legally Blonde is a musical with a book by Heather Hach. The story is based on the novel and the 2001 film of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon.