Schools on Stage

Hairspray

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!

School’s Innovative, Inclusive Location Theatre

How to make your school/venue the ultimate walk around set AND save money AND blow everyone away AND how to write a play for 150 people. Drama teacher Donna Prince shares her secrets.

Les Misérables – School Edition

Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg. Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer. Original French Text: Alain Boublil & Jean Marc Natel. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Director: Joanna Pearson. Musical Director: Shane Tooley.

Downlands College, Toowoomba, 28-30 April 2016

Grease

Cherrybrook Technology High School (NSW).

March 2016.

Any drama or music teacher will attest that a school production means participation and involvement across the school – students, teachers, support staff and parents.  It involves inordinate co-ordination from accessing funds to writing permission notes to parents to seemingly mundane tasks like covering the classes of the teaching ‘crew’ during production week (as you’ve probably guessed, there speaks the voice of experience!).