Schools on Stage

Singing Out Against Cyber Bullying

CONNECTED, a new Australian musical aimed at teaching kids about the dangers of cyber bullying, is about to tour NSW schools. Writer Craig Christie speaks to Neil Litchfield about the musical.

OMG! LOL! Teenage kids today can’t function without being connected to the internet: chatting with their friends via facebook, instagram, twitter, skype or snapchat and texting or posting selfies via their mobile phones.

Little Shop of Horrors

By Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Directed by Kerri Hilton. Musical Direction by Alicia Walter. Xanten Centre, St Norbert College, Queens Park, WA. 25-28 March 2015.

St Norbert College staged this quirky little musical in their own theatre, with great style. A smaller than usual cast for a school musical, it was a tight production that highlighted some excellent emerging talent.

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.

Brontë

Ravenswood School for Girls

What’s New Pussycat?

Carwatha College P-12

Judith Prior’s What’s New Pussycat? was presented at Carwatha College P-12 on the 15th and 16th of May this year. It was a purrrrrrr-fect show for our P-12 College. Based on the classic story of Puss in Boots, the show is a laugh a minute with many show stopping songs for the whole family.

Young Hercules

Te Waotu School

As a director of both school and theatre group shows for over 20 years, I have worked with a large variety of material both good and not so good.  I am a fan of the Maverick Musicals catalogue as I find that there is always a degree of consistency and quality to the shows on offer.  

Funny Girl

Roseville College.

Funny Girl is a much loved musical that celebrates the life of the famous Vaudevillian, Fanny Brice. From Fanny’s determination to be discovered, the height of her fame as a Ziegfield Girl and the disastrous end to her marriage, Funny Girl is a moving tribute to the life of a determined, talented woman.

The Addams Family

Brentwood Secondary College, Victoria

Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Awards Junior Section Winners 2014

Presentations for the winners of the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria's 28th Annual Bruce Awards were held on December 13, 2014 at the George Woods Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar.

The Junior Winners are:

Junior Production of the Year 

Hairspray, Caulfield Grammar School

Direction of a Junior Production

Peter Tserbis, Hairspray, Caulfield Grammar School

 

Cinematic Theatre Comes of Age

The integration of live performance and the magic of the big screen is more popular than ever. Brad Jennings and Steven Maxwell have been pioneers of the art form. Their company Markwell Presents was founded in 2002 after the school teachers met and worked together to produce original work.