Schools on Stage

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


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!).

2016 School Performing Arts Resource Kit

Stage Whispers is launching its 2016 School Performing Arts Resource Kit - SPARK - a free on-line magazine with a guide to putting on a show and attending school oriented productions.

Click here to read the 90 page magazine

It has feature articles on making costumes, sound and lighting, finding a musical or play to stage and training.

There is also a state by stage guide to shows for schools, both excursion and incursion.

Superheroes Entertain Students

NIDA graduate Marko Jovanovic is one of the new breed of actors making a living from entertaining and educating school students.

“My favourite type of theatre is performing these solo shows in front of kids. They are the toughest audience. They don’t hide their boredom,” he said.

Jovanovic is touring his latest one man show The Amber Amulet (by Craig Silvey) to schools in Western Australia from 1 August to the 26th and New South Wales from May 2 to June 4 this year.

A New Path to the Stage

Coral Drouyn examines the new AMEB initiative for Music Theatre which is available now.

Jesus Christ Superstar

Scotch College Student Production

Fisher Chapel, Scotch College, Adelaide

July 29-August 1, 2015