Schools on Stage

2014 Class Clowns National Winner Announced

At Melbourne’s Capitol Theatre on Thursday, 3 April 2014, 13 of the nation’s sharpest school-aged comic acts went head to head in a battle for the most laughs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns National Grand Final.

The winner for 2014 was 14 year old Gregor Tarrant from Wodonga Middle Years’ College in Victoria, who blew the judges away with his physical, character style comedy and a Jim Carrey-esque persona, bringing a snake charmer, a t-rex and an emu to life onstage.

SPARK: School Performing Arts Resource Kit

Stage Whispers Magazine is proud to release our inaugural edition of SPARK: School Performing Arts Resource Kit,  which is a free on-line publication found at:

SPARK includes listings for performances available for schools, both incursions and excursions, around Australia.

SPARK also includes resources for staging your own school production.

Chapters cover sources for plays and musicals, costumes, props, sets, sound, lighting, seating, fireworks and training.

Man of Steel

Man of Steel uses an icon that, even in this day, is recognised by every student, parent and teacher. It’s a simple story and it worked for the new-entrants in our matinees, as much as for the 80-year-olds in the evening shows. It lends itself to simple props and costumes, and the action carries the show.

The original script is easy to ‘update’ for local use and the actors enjoyed doing this themselves.

Canberra Theatre kicks off first behind-the-scenes VET training program

Canberra Theatre Centre is proud to host three year 12 students who will be taking part in the Theatre’s first on-site VET training course from today (Feb 11, 2014).

Students Larissa Caston, Alex Parker and Alex Pilicic from St Francis Xavier College will work behind the scenes with the theatre’s technical staff across the next two school terms, gaining valuable hands-on skills that will be credited directly towards their Certificate 2 in Entertainment.

Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Awards Junior Section Winners 2013

Presentations for the winners of the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria's 27th Annual Bruce Awards were held on December 14, 2013 at Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Ballarat.






Junior Section Winners are: Junior Production of the Year

Sweet Charity - Hart Theatre Company, St Leonard’s College Uper School

Stockholm The Musical

Written by Bronte Forrester and Katherine Reed. Directed by Bronte Forrester. Orana Steiner School Production. Overture Theatre, Weston Creek, ACT. 25 – 28 September 2013.


Music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan. St Michael’s Collegiate School, Hobart, Tasmania. Middle School (Years 5 – 8). August 2013

Annie is the perfect paean to optimism and we are thankful to Jane Polley and her creative team for this marvellous production of a much-loved musical.

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.