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Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and is the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

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Exclusive Audition Video: Lara Mulcahy & Sheridan Harbridge audition for Daisy & Violet in SIDE SHOW!

Lara Mulcahy and Sheridan Harbridge. Twins.

Sydney’s Hayes Theatre, arguably the most important thing to happen to Australian musical theatre in decades, is set to announce the cast of the Australian premiere of Side Show  on Sunday 7 August! But before that, don’t you want to see who’s been submitting audition tapes? We’ve had Krizak and Vilar, Hayes and Cole, and now…. Mulcahy and Harbridge??… Read more.

Celebrities will improvise to raise money for new Indigenous Theatresports Youth Fund

Bjorn Stewart

Celebrity Theatresports is back for another year, and this year, it’s for an especially great cause. This year’s show will be raising money for Impro Australia’s new Indigenous Theatresports Youth Fund, designed to bring free theatresports shows and training to Indigenous youth across NSW. At this year’s event celebrities and professional improvisers will take to the… Read more.

Applications open for 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Awards

The six finalists of last year's Rob Guest Endowment - Georgina Hopson, Blake Appelqvist, Hilary Cole, recipient Daniel Assetta, Ashleigh Rubenach and Robert McDougall - on stage at the Rob Guest Endowment Gala 2015, taken at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, on Monday, 9 November 2015.  

Hosted by David Campbell and Lucy Durack, guest artists performing at the concert included musical theatre performers Rob Mills, Caroline OíConnor and Jemma Rix, Dirty Dancing star Mark Vincent, 2014 Rob Guest Endowment winner Josh Robson, and cast members from CATS and Matilda the Musical.

The six finalists for the 2015 Rob Guest Endowment are Blake Appelqvist (West Side Story, new VCA Graduate), Daniel Assetta (Cats, Wicked), Hilary Cole (Carrie, Dogfight), Georgina Hopson (Into The Woods, The Pirates of Penzance), Rob McDougall (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera) and Ashleigh Rubenach (Anything Goes, The Sound of Music).  The competition was judged by three of Australian musical theatreís finest creatives, Kelly Abbey, Peter Casey and Gale Edwards.

The 2015 recipient was Daniel Assetta.

The Rob Guest Endowment Awards are up and running again for 2016! The Rob Guest Endowment provides financial assistance and industry support to the next generation of musical theatre stars, creators, and musicians. The 2016 prize package is valued at over $50,000, including the $20,000 major prize, the Rob Guest Endowment Award. The performance awards put… Read more.

Simon Burke: Something About Always – Hayes Cabaret Season

Simon Burke

Simon Burke’s cabaret, Something About Always, was populated on its Saturday matinee mostly by people in the entertainment business and older audience members, it seemed, many of them couples, the kind you suspect have followed his career for its whole forty years. It was a comfortable audience and Burke clearly felt comfortable, moving through his script… Read more.

Melissa Reeves wins 2016 Griffin Award

Melissa Reeves

Melissa Reeves has been awarded the 2016 Griffin Award for new Australian writing for her play The Zen of Table Tennis.   The Griffin Award, a national competition, recognises an “outstanding play or performance text that displays an authentic, inventive, and contemporary Australian voice.” The prize is $10,000.   Reeves was announced the winner at the… Read more.

More cast announced for Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical

Hannah Fredericksen and David Campbell. Photo by Brian Geach.

Today, producer John Frost announced more leading cast members for Dream Lover, the David Campbell-starring new musical about the life of Bobby Darin set for Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in September 2016. Dream Lover, directed by Simon Phillips and written by Frank Howson and John-Michael Howson, takes us through the epic life of Bobby Darin who, along with Sandra… Read more.

NIDA announces Kate Cherry as Director/CEO

NIDA announces Kate Cherry as new CEO

This week the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) today announced that Kate Cherry will step into the role of Director and Chief Executive Officer from November 2016. Kate joins NIDA following nine years at Western Australia’s Black Swan State Theatre Company, where she served as Artistic Director/joint-CEO. Kate has been attributed with re-invigorating Black… Read more.

First Look! Check out the royal shenanigans of Bonnie Lythgoe’s Cinderella

First Look! Check out the royal shenanigans of Bonnie Lythgoe’s Cinderella

Bonnie Lythgoe is back at Sydney’s State Theatre with another panto for the whole family. This time, it’s Cinderella! There’s comedy magic, gorgeous costumes, pop music ripped from the current charts, and, of course, a Real Housewife (Gina Liano) as the Wicked Stepmother. Take a look at the photo gallery below, with photos by Lightbox Photography!… Read more.