Schools on Stage

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.

Pantalone's Inn

Presented by Make A Scene. A Commedia dell'Arte Performance by Rosa Campagnaro.

Coming to a School Near You.

As soon as this performance commenced my heart lifted with the joy and confidence that I could suspend disbelief, like a child, and thoroughly enjoy myself. If nothing else this work is a beautiful introduction to theatre and performance for children. However it is much, much more.........

Jesus Christ Superstar

St Helena Secondary College, Eltham Victoria.

Our director Mr Chris Hewitt took this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic and gave it a modern spin. Jesus was a reporter for the people and the priests were Wall St moguls.

Hart Theatre Company Wins Major Guild Awards

The Hart Theatre Company, auspiced by St Leonard’s College in Brighton East, Melbourne, won two of the major awards in the Junior Category of the 2012 Musical Theatre Guild Awards. The prestigious award ceremony at Costa Hall is Victoria’s equivalent of the Tony Awards.

The theatre production of Barnum was performed under a Big Top in the grounds of St Leonard’s College in August. Students performed a number from the show and then accepted awards for Best Junior Musical and Best Direction.

Cruisin’ the Musical

St Mary’s Catholic College, Cairns

It seems all of Cairns was abuzz when Cruisin’ – the Musical came to life at the Cairns Civic Theatre in April.

The school doesn’t do musicals by half. It hired the 700 seat venue for four nights, built a large spectacular set and was excited when word of mouth saw the house full sign going up on closing night.

Arts Centre Melbourne Launches 2013 Education Program

It’s wearing, particularly as a Drama teacher, to listen to an Education Minister talk about ‘The Arts’ in an all encompassing way that infers a limited understanding of Theatre, Dance, live performance or performance making.  However that was only a small part of this launch and surely State Education Minister Martin Dixon’s presence is a sign of the Government’s endorsement of the rich and interesting Education Program that Arts Centre Melbourne have been strengthening and enhancing under the strong and vibrant leadership of Judith Isherwood.

Les Misérables

Scotch College, Adelaide. July 25 - 28, 2012.

The Book of Everything

ST STEPHEN’S School in Duncraig (WA) goes Dutch from August 8 with The Book of Everything.

Adapted by Richard Tulloch from Guus Kuijer’s children’s novel, the play centres on nine-year-old Thomas who makes a record of everything he sees and experiences in the real and spiritual world.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THEATRE.

Do you have trouble getting young people interested in the performing arts? Are they spending all their time on Facebook? The Queensland Arts Council has come up with a solution. It’s a touring a play called The Social Me - all about the pitfalls of Facebook. It’s written and directed by Brad Jennings and Steven Maxwell, and produced by Markwell Presents Cinematic Theatre Company.

Stage Whispers: What is Cinematic Theatre?

A Taste of Broadway for Teachers and Students.

Charles Slucki  from Theatrica has a job many show business tragics would kill for. Each year he leads teachers and students on a backstage and front stage tour of Broadway and the West End. Meeting stars is part of the fun.

How long have you been running these tours?