Schools on Stage

STC Launches The School Drama Book

Sydney Theatre Company (STC) launched The School Drama Book: Drama, Literature and Literacy in the Creative Classroom by Robyn Ewing and John Nicholas Saunders, on Thursday 3 November 2016.

Junior Theatre Celebration Day for Australia

The first Australian Junior Theatre Celebration will be held in Newcastle on October 20, 2016. This Broadway JuniorTM event will host national and international musical theatre celebrities and provide opportunities for young people to celebrate their love of musical theatre.

The Junior Theatre Celebration Australia 2016 is anticipated to host between eight and 16 performing arts groups from across the country. Participants will perform on stage at the Civic Theatre in this one-day celebration.

Anything Goes

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. New Book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. Ringwood Secondary College. Aug 5th-13th, 2016


Music: Marc Shaiman. Lyrics: Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman. Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan. Mercedes College. Mercedes College Performing Arts Centre, Perth WA. Directed by Kathleen Cocks. Aug 3-13, 2016

Mercedes College presented Hairspray with great energy, fabulous colour and contagious enthusiasm.

42nd Street

Music by Harry Warren. Lyrics by Al Dubin. Directed by Adam Goodburn. Scotch College. 4-13 August, 2016

Starlight Express – Australian Amateur Premiere

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. Additional lyrics by David Yazbek.

Oakhill College, NSW. June 9 – 18, 2016

472 hours of rehearsal, 196 hours of set building, lighting and sound rigging, 326 wheels, 154 skates, 83 performers, 25 crew, 13 musicians, 4 races, 1 champion - the entire ensemble became the champion in what was both a huge challenge and a very fulfilling experience!

Funniest High School Kids

Australia’s biggest schools comedy competition reached its climax on Sunday 19 June at the Enmore Theatre.

After 6 weeks of heats and semi-finals involving 120 schools from all over Greater Sydney, the cream of the young comedy crop final had the chance to face off for the cup in two divisions of the Theatresports Schools Challenge – now in its 12th year!

17 schools competed in the two finals with a packed Enmore Theatre crowd of more than 1200 fans roaring their approval for each.

Shakespeare Carnival Winners

Sport For Jove Theatre Company’s first ever Shakespeare Carnival reached its conclusion with State Finals on Saturday 18 June at the Seymour Centre in Sydney.

Students from twelve schools competed in the exciting climax to the four-month bard fest.

Beginning in March, entrants from all over NSW participated in Shakespeare Carnivals within their own schools, with the winners moving on to represent their school at the regional level against other schools. 

Bang Bang You’re Dead

By William Mastrosimone. Sacred Heart College Year 11 production. Sacred Heart College, Somerton Park SA. June 1-2, 2016

Legally Blonde -The Musical

Music and Lyrics by Lawrence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin. Book by Heather Hach. Directed by Brendan Carroll. The Peninsula School. Frankston Arts Centre (Vic). May 19th –May 21st, 2016

When I reviewed PLOS’ stupendous ground-breaking production of this show last year, I was convinced I would never enjoy Legally Blonde again. I was wrong!