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.

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?

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!"

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.........

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.