Musicals from Onstage Musical Theatre Productions cater for students from lower Primary to lower Secondary levels. They are written to give as many students as possible lines or songs and can be performed with a large or small chorus, complex or simple set and costumes.
We offer a full range of products and services:
- Scripts and Scores
- Teaching and Backing Tracks, so that a school may rehearse and perform our musicals with or without live backing musicians
- Webinars to assist you in staging the musicals
- Copying and Performing Rights.
Prices for our products and services are very reasonable, taking into consideration school budgets for musicals.
Our musicals are written by Julie-Argyle Cross and Andrew Ferguson, both very experienced educators in music and drama.
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Julie was classically trained, and completed her college education in England a long time ago! She has been teaching music in Primary schools, in England and Australia, for more years than she cares to acknowledge. Those in Melbourne have included 4 years as Head of Primary Music at Glamorgan (Geelong Grammar), and 15 years as Head of Primary Music at Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus in Melbourne, Australia. She has also worked with secondary, tertiary and adult music groups.
Julie has been Musical Director for many Primary productions throughout her long teaching career, including highlights such as:
- ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill Campus)
- ‘Bugsy Malone’ (Geelong Grammar-Glamorgan and CGS Wheelers Hill Campus)
- ‘Hans Christian Andersen’ (CGS Wheelers Hill Campus)
- ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat’ (Geelong Grammar-Glamorgan and CGS Wheelers Hill Campus)
- ‘Oliver’ (Melbourne Grammar–Wadhurst and CGS Caulfield Campus)
- ‘Peter Pan’ (CGS Wheelers Hill Campus)
- ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (Riverside-Launceston and CGS Wheelers Hill Campus)
She has also accompanied dozens of shows in England and Australia, including:
- Operas and Gilbert & Sullivan productions (Maidenhead and Windsor Operatic Societies, UK)
- ‘Barnum’ (CGS Wheelers Hill Campus)
- ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ (Noble Park Secondary College)
- ‘Cabaret’ (Phoenix and CGS Wheelers Hill Campus)
- ‘Godspell’ (St Margaret’s Berwick)
- ‘Into the Woods’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Seussical’ and ‘The Producers’ (CGS Wheelers Hill Campus)
- ‘The Pyjama Game’ (Melbourne Girls Grammar)
- ‘West Side Story’ (Galaxy–Frankston and CGS Caulfield Campus)
Since stopping full-time teaching Julie has found time to indulge in other musical pursuits, including writing musicals and classroom arrangements, accompanying students for exams, and performing in retirement homes around Melbourne.
Julie has been hooked on musicals for as long as she can remember. She has been on stage for many and Musical Director for many more! Along with Andrew Ferguson, she ran a musical theatre group – StageStruck Productions, from 1992-2006. It started life as an adult group, but later specialized in youth theatre. Julie and Andrew’s full-length musicals received their world premiere with StageStruck Productions.
During this time she was Musical Director for:
- ‘Company’ (1992)
- ‘StageStruck on Broadway’ (1993)
- ‘Working’ (1993)
- ‘1968: a Retro Experience’ (1994)
- ‘StageStruck on Broadway’ (1995)
- ‘The Victory Broadcast of 1945’ (1996)
- ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ (1996)
- ‘Crazy for George Gershwin’ (1998)
- ‘Vietnam ’69’ (1998)
- ‘Is There Life after High School?’ (1999)
- ‘This Century of Musicals’ (1999)
- ‘The Puppet Showman’ (2000 and 2004)
- ‘Stage Fright’ (2001 and 2005)
- ‘Oliver’ (2002)
- ‘Download’ (2003)
- ‘Undercover Kids’ (2006)
Julie has also written a number of ‘mini’ musicals, focussing on the Primary age group, which have been performed in Melbourne schools. Working with Primary students in the classroom and putting on annual musical productions, in and out of school, has given Julie a thorough understanding of what children really like and of their vocal capabilities. This has had a significant influence on the musicals she has written.
Andrew has a professional background in teaching – German, English and Drama at Secondary level, also directing and designing many school shows, including ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘Grease’, ‘Oh What a Lovely War, ‘Oliver’, ‘Pirates of Penzance’ and ‘Pygmalion’.
Andrew has also been very active in community theatre as a director and designer, particularly in Melbourne, Australia:
- ‘Company’ (1992), ‘StageStruck on Broadway’ (1993), ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ (1996), ‘The Threepenny Opera’ (1997), ‘Crazy for George Gershwin’ (1998), ‘Is There Life after High School?’ and ‘This Century of Musicals’ (1999), ‘The Puppet Showman’ (2000 and 2004), ‘Stage Fright’ (2001 and 2005), ‘Oliver’ (2002), ‘Download’ (2003), ‘Undercover Kids’ (2006) for StageStruck Productions
- ‘Monash Youth on Show’ (2009) community youth theatre project for Encore Theatre and City of Monash Youth & Family Services
- ‘MONA Kabarett’ (theatre project for Goethe-Institut at the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, with performers from the German Language Summer School 2012)
- ‘Talking Heads’ for Malvern Theatre Company (2014)
- ‘The Ghost Train’ for Encore Theatre Company (2015)
- ‘Pygmalion’ for Malvern Theatre Company (2016)
Most recently Andrew has performed in community theatre in Melbourne in the following roles:
- Richard Greatham ‘Hay Fever’ – Encore Theatre (2011)
- various roles ‘Later Life’ – Malvern Theatre Company (2011)
- Pooh Bah ‘Mikado’ – Savoy Opera Company (2011)
- Police Commissioner ‘Man Alive’; Reporter 1 / Dr White / Bailiff ‘Never the Sinner’; Jimmy Pearson ‘The Glazed Look’ – Malvern Theatre Company (2012)
- Herr Van Daan ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ – Malvern Theatre Company (2013)
- Hercules Grey-Cells ‘Agatha Crispie’ – Sherbrooke Theatre Company (2013)
- Sir Arthur Sullivan ‘Tarantara, Tarantara’ – Savoy Opera Company (2013)
- Charles Burleigh ‘Easy Virtue’ – Peridot Theatre (2013)
- Pauncefort Quentin ‘The Vortex’ – Malvern Theatre Company (2014)
- Boolie Werthan ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ – Sherbrooke Theatre Company (2015)
- The Reverend Crisparkle ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ – Malvern Theatre Company and Lilydale Athanaeum Theatre (2015)
- Boolie Werthan ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ – The 1812 Theatre (2016)
Andrew is also a classically trained singer, specializing in German Lieder and art songs in general. He currently lectures at Melbourne universities in the area of Languages pedagogy as well as designing and delivering Professional Learning for teachers of Languages, especially German.