Schools on Stage

Battle of the Bands by Steven Harris

"It's about every young band's dream... to rock out on the big stage to thousands of screaming fans.  But four young musicians are about to find out that it's a long way to the top! A story of honesty winning over corruption, and live rock 'n roll triumphing over manufactured pop!  With eleven exciting, contemporary songs and a script that will have audiences laughing and clapping along, Battle of the Bandswill give your cast a chance to live out their own dreams of rock stardom!"

Big – The Musical

Kingswood College (Victoria).

Big – The Musical is about the desire to grow up quickly and the importance of enjoying your childhood. It is based on the 1988 film starring Tom Hanks. Kingswood College Box Hill students responded positively to the playful nature of the show. Props like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Silly String and Care Bears give the show a delightfully 80’s feel. The Musical Director adapted the score to suit a small contemporary band but still provide a ‘big’ sound.

Jest at the West

Holy Spirit College, Mackay (Queensland).

Jest at the West by Judith Prior is a fantastic example of the community building experience that can be achieved in rehearsing and producing a theatrical production.

MTC Education 2012

MTC Education 2012 presents Helicopter, a brand new Australian work by recent Sydney Theatre Award-winning playwright Angela Betzien, and Boy Girl Wall, a one-man show travelling from Brisbane after three sell-out seasons.

Students and teachers will gain further access to MTC’s resources through a host of other exciting productions, workshops and events.

Happy Rehearsal Campers at Ringwood

Struggling to get your cast focused? Perhaps the solution is go bush.

Production camps mean long days, hard work and very little sleep, but they can fire charge your rehearsal. In Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, Ringwood Secondary College has held an annual production camp since the 1980s. Lucy Graham visited this year’s camp to find out why they do it.

Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Awards for Excellence 2011 Junior Section

NOMINATIONS

Junior Production of the Year

The Witches of Eastwick, Ivanhoe Grammar School – Ridgeway Campus

Little Shop of Horrors, Leibler Yavneh College

Seussical – The Musical, Christian College Geelong Jesus Christ Superstar, Notre Dame College

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Emmaus College Performing Arts

The Mikado, Scotch College in conjunction with Presbyterian Ladies’ College

Godspell

The McDonald College (NSW).

Oh no! Not Godspell again!

Hasn’t every school done a production since it premiered in Sydney 40 years ago?

How to make it fresh for today’s audiences?

In The McDonald College presentation, the Musical Theatre Stream of Years 10 – 12, with some experience gaining exposure from the Years 7 – 9 group, Director / Choreographer Dolores Dunbar cleverly returned to the original, successful concept - simplicity.

Dusty at St Vincent’s College Potts Point (NSW).

Right in the heart of cosmopolitan Victoria Street Potts Point, spanning the immense block from Challis Avenue to Tusculum Street, is Australia’s oldest school, St Vincent’s College. The College Hall is one of the original properties built by the Sisters of Charity, who founded the College in 1858, a Dowager of polished woods, period light fittings and painted curlicues. But gloriously, for one week in May 2011, she is transformed into Dusty - The Original Pop Diva.