Growing up doing music theatre shows is one of the best things a child can do for building confidence, expressing emotions, and, all the while, have an amazing time with friends. The Australian Academy of Dance is offering that very opportunity to kids up to the age of fifteen to be involved in an upcoming production of Hairspray Jnr. The high-energy show is to be helmed by Belinda Hanne Reid as director, choreographer Elenor Smith Adams, and Matthew Nutley as musical director.

“Hairspray is a great musical for a dance school like ours”, said Academy principal Nathaniel Lamond”. “A fun show for all ages and a chance for the students to throw themselves into the past and learn what it was like to live in the 60s. It’s also visually a good looking show – all those great costumes and hairstyles”.

The Academy has been operating for 26 years and it is one of Melbourne’s premier dance schools. In the past few years, the music theatre part of the school has really grown through the new program DanceSingAct. It runs for 3 hours on a Saturday morning and it provides students with some exciting new performance opportunities, such as Hairspray. Past productions have included Annie, Mary Poppins, and Aladdin.

 The Academy is holding auditions on Saturday July 11th from 10am till 2pm. Walking into an audition room can feel like the scary unknown to anyone who’s never auditioned before, regardless of their age, but Lamond has some simple advice for kids for whom Hairspray Jnr would be their first experience of an audition: “Don’t be nervous! We’ve all had our fair share of auditions, and know that it can worrying. However, this isn’t Broadway – our philosophy at The Academy is about helping students find their talents in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy yourself too!”

Anyone interested in auditioning needs to prepare one song (not from Hairspray) which showcases your vocal range and acting abilities. For further audition information, please go to

Chookas to all participating this weekend!