Schools on Stage

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, Book by Doug Wright. Directed by Madelaine Jones, Musical direction by Tammy Van Der Nest. Lake Joondalup Baptist College, Performing Arts Centre, WA. Sep 1-5, 2020.

Lake Joondalup Baptist College presents this Covid delayed production to enthusiastic, responsibly distanced audiences. A huge production, with an impressive social conscience, it is a delight to watch.

Chicago (High School Edition)

By John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. John Curtin College, Fremantle. Directed by Natalie Edmunds. August 12-15, 2020

John Curtin College of the Arts’ production features the most synchronous, hard-working and focused ensemble that we are likely to see in Perth this year. A highly polished production, directed and choreographed by Artist-In-Residence and former cast member of Chicago on the West End, Natalie Edmunds, this was a show in which the 31 cast members gave their all, throughout.

Queensland Theatre Tours Schools with The Scene Project

Queensland Theatre has hit the road on regional Queensland tour to Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Ayr, Townsville, Toowoomba, Redland Bay and Brisbane with The Scene Project.

Over the past two months (during lockdown) 86 schools across Queensland have taken part in the 8-week digital unit, called The Scene Project, with Queensland Theatre. 

Bring It On

By Jeff Whitty, Tom Kit, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Amanda Green. John Curtin College of the Arts, Fremantle, WA. Directed by Dhana Pitman, Musical Direction by Harry Oliff. Curtin Theatre, John Curtin College of the Arts, Fremantle, WA. 5-8 August, 2020

The Mikado

By Gilbert and Sullivan. Trinity College, Perth, WA. Directed by Lisa Laurino, Musical Direction by Robert Braham. Gibney Hall, Trinity College, Perth WA. 6-8 August 2020

Class of 2020

Year 12 students Charlie Dakin, Prudence Dallen and Adam Watt describe what they enjoy about attending the Australian Performing Arts Grammar School in Sydney.

Charlie: I love the networking—having industry professionals come in and learning from their experience helps us figure out what should be the next step for us going forward and the best way to tackle a performing arts career.


By Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman. John XXIII College WA. Directed by George Tsakisiris. Musical Direction by David Dockery. Rocalli Hall, John XXIII College, Mount Claremont. WA. July 9-12, 2020

Commedia dell’Arte Teaching Resources

Make A Scene is a theatre arts education company specialising in Commedia dell’Arte - the stylised Italian comedy of the 16th century.They deliver fun, interactive theatre performances and workshops to schools around the country and in 2020 they celebrate our 10th year anniversary.

Performing Arts in Education

Sound and Light company Lifelike Atmospheres asked teachers and students why putting on a show is such a valuable experience for schools.

The only thing that is constant in our modern world is change. Developing the capacity in students to engage with and thrive in this environment is the challenge for modern education. One of the key skills required for success is creativity.

Afternoon Tea with Miss Patrice

Hello everyone and welcome to my new adventure!  A column in this wonderful little publication. I am beyond excited.

My name is Esmerelda Patrice and I am a teacher in WA. Last year, I was asked to teach a drama class and so I took on the idea of doing the school production as well.

I talked about my triumph in a podcast. Now teachers from all over the world have been writing to me and asking for my advice. After only one production! Clearly, I didn’t realise I was that clever.

So please, ask me questions regarding anything theatrical!