Parkes M&D News

Big the Musical - Auditions


23rd June 2021



26th June 2021

Audition Information Session

We will be hosting an information session on big the musical on Saturday 19th Junefrom 3pm. This will include fun drama games and activities, singing warmups, basicdance choreography and we will be showing the film 'big' so you can familiarise yourselfwith the style and themes of the show. If you'd like to stay for the movie, you cancontribute $5 for snacks and dinner.

Audition Dates

Auditions will be held on Wednesday 23rd June 6.30-9pm and Saturday 26th June10am-3pm. If you are unable on both these dates, contact us to discuss.

The audition process will include singing one of the set songs, with a quick assessment ofyour vocal range; reading and acting some short scenes or doing improvisation activities,and learning a short piece of dance choreography.

We will have an introduction session to present scripts and pay membership andproduction fees on Sunday 11th July from 12noon to 2pm, then rehearsals will officiallycommence on Wednesday 14th July.

Audition Songs

Can't Wait - Josh & Billy
My Secretary's in Love - Susan/Mother
Cross the Line - Ensemble, including Paul
Coffee, Black - Adult Josh, MacMillan

The cast recordings are available on Spotify (search 'Big The Musical') or on Youtube:

(Note: the online tracks are from Broadway version, which is slightly different to our licensed version)

To access the audition backing tracks and lyrics click HERE.

Download the full audition information flyer here

For Further information:

Please contact Lisa on 0412 040 864, or email

If you have questions about the songs, or would like to run-through the song/s prior to the audition, please contact Gail on 0414 478 535.


UpStage - Orange 'Musical Theatre Workshop'

Sunday 27th June 2021

9am - 4pm

UpStage Information

UpStage returns to Orange! Following the success of last year, Orange Regional Conservatorium in collaboration with UpStage NSW is excited to welcome back the UpStage Musical Theatre Workshop.

Built with the aim of bringing high-quality music, dance and drama education to the Central West, UpStage is a high-quality, fun, engaging day that will inspire and empower your young performers.

Sessions will include Performance Skills, Voice, Drama, Dance and the Business of Theatre. Younger performers (aged 8-14) will develop their confidence in age-appropriate, fun, collaborative performance classes while older performers (15-18) will participate in tailored, small-group sessions focused on building a career as a performing artist. All participants will get to create a group performance for parents that showcases the learning they’ve done throughout the day.

Date: Sunday June 27 9am - 4pm

Location: Orange Regional Conservatorium


This year, our Faculty for UpStage Orange are:

  • Jessica Westcott (Vocals, The Business of Theatre)

  • Callan Purcell (Vocals, The Business of Theatre)

  • Natalie Abbott (Vocals, The Business of Theatre)

  • Stefanie Jones (Vocals, Dance, The Business of Theatre)

  • Brittanie Shipway (Vocals, The Business of Theatre)

  • Billie Palin (Drama, Improv)

  • Christen Patinyotis (Dance)

  • Deepka Ratra (Vocals)

  • Estevan (Steve) Martin (Drama)


Participant tickets are on sale now at Limited places available

This year there are also observer tickets available for $15. Observer tickets give parents, family members or friends of participants the opportunity to watch selected classes throughout the day.

These tickets can also be purchased at

Download the flyer here


Our New Website


We hope you enjoy our new website

Recently our website was removed by the website hosting company with no notification. Unfortunately, it was not able to be reinstated. 

We sincerely thank Hannah Symonds who took on the onerous task of developing this wonderful new, modern website. 

We also recognise the contribution made by Anthony McGrath in maintaining our previous website and sourcing valuable back-up information.