DSP News

Auckland Music Theatre

Congratulations also to Auckland Music Theatre for picking up two NAPTA awards for their production of The Boy From Oz.

They won for Best choreography and Richard Neame for best actor in a leading role.

Jon English and the CAT Awards

Jon English and David Mackay have completed a sparkling new updated edition of Paris which will be available for perusal at the end of March.

Jon is also appearing on stage this week in Newcastle in another musical he wrote - Buskers and Angels.

For details visit his web-site www.jonenglish.com.au

A few weeks back Jon presented the David Spicer Productions Award for Best direction of a play at the CAT AWARDS in Canberra.

Congratulations to the Orange Theatre Company for picking up three CAT Awards for their production of The Boy From Oz.

Stage Whispers Bushfire Benefit

Subscribe this month to Stage Whispers Magazine and 10% will go the Victorian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal.

And be in the running for tickets to STOMP in Australia and NZ

The March April issue includes.

* Crooks Clean Up for Bell Shakespeare

* The Kookaburra soap opera.

* 50 Theatre reviews

* Hot tips on recruiting volunteers

* The Art of Dinner Theatre

To find out more and read past issues.

 

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Amazing High School Production of Paris

Last night I attended an extraordinary High School production of Paris at the York Theatre of the Seymour Centre in Sydney.

St Andrew's Cathedral School is staging the musical until Saturday night.

They have an amazing 40 piece orchestra, excellent singing, superb choreography and direction.

Well worth a look.

Bookings at www.sacs.nsw.edu.au

Vale Peter Benjamin

Last month I attended the funeral of Peter Benjamin the lyricist for the Australian Musical Lola Montez.

A wonderful service was held at Shore School in Sydney celebrating his life, talents and good qualities.

Peter's family and friends are looking forward to the next production of Lola Montez as a further toast to his achievements.

Caroline : Free Perusal

Peter Pinne and Don Battye's rollicking musical based on the life of Caroline Chisholm is available now .

For February and March perusals are free for schools.

Featuring lively rock music and wonderful story about the woman regarded as a saint for rescuing immigrants from the gutter in early Victorian Sydney.

Shaz and Nick's Big Greek Wedding Reception ( Dim Toula)

I am excited to release an hilarious new comedy perfect for dinner theatre written by Hobart writer Craig Wellington.

I laughed and I cried before I even finished reading the script.

"I am a Greek. I am a dead Greek grandmother" says Nan now a ghost haunting her son Nick's wedding Reception.

"He should marry a good Greek girl called Stavroula, that is my name. This one Sharon leads him astray"

"In my day a pigeon would be killed and its blood put on the sheet to say she is really a virgin."

Read STAGE WHISPERS Magazine Free

Back issues of Stage Whispers Magazine can now be read free at www.stagewhispers.com.au

Win tickets to see Warnie the Musical and Priscilla the Musical plus books and CD's if you subscribe before December 6.

In the November/December issue....Read about STIFF - New Zealand's naughtiest comedy ...plus.

Vale Patrick Flynn

I was saddened to hear that the amazingly talented Patrick Flynn has died suddenly in the United States.

Patrick had a career that straddled everything from composing rock musicals to conducting symphony orchestras.

My connection to him was his work with Reg Livermore on the musical Ned Kelly which I am very fond of.

He was a lyrical voice down a distant telephone line.

I am sorry he never saw any of the revivals in recent years.

The Sydney Morning Herald has published a wonderful obit which you will find a fascinating read.

HOT Hot Shoe Shuffle set for hire

CLOC Music Theatre  in Melbourne sold more than 6000 tickets to their dazzling production of Hot Shoe Shuffle.

What an honour for me to have this company stage two shows  I represent in one year.