TheatreTween time takes offKen Longworth

THE NEXT STEP: The live stage version of the popular Canadian series will be in Newcastle next month.THE popularity of the Canadian television show The Next Step with Australian viewers was shown last year when a tour of a 90-minute live stage version featuring 10 of the cast members sold out long before the trek to five state capitals took place.

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A second tour begins in April, with more cities included. Newcastle’s Civic Theatre will host the show on April 13.The Next Step is a tongue-in-cheek send-up of live reality shows, centred on teenage dance students as they navigate life, love, rehearsals and competitions. While the show, which premiered in 2013, is aimed at tweens, it has won a following among adults, and is into its fifth season.Most of the performers are dancers who have developed acting skills in their time with the show. The 90-minute stage show features solos, duets, trios and group numbers, with choreography bytwo cast members, Jordan Clark and Trevor Tordjman. The other cast members on the tour are Brittany Raymond, Victoria Baldesarra, Lamar Johnson, Isaac Lupien, Myles Erlick, Briar Nolet, Isaiah Peck and Shelby Bain.The show is at the Civic Theatre on April 13 at 6.30pm. Tickets: $71.30 to $86.60. Bookings: 4929 1977.

On cueWEA Hunter’s 2017 Diploma of Musical Theatre students will do their first public performance together in On Cue, a collection of numbers from classical and contemporary Broadway musicals that will include dance as well as song. On Cue is at the Civic Playhouse on Friday, March 31, at 7pm. The performers are Kimberley Dingle, Sarah Graham, Cassie Hamilton, Nina Herron, Christopher Shanko, Jade Shearman, Prue Stark, Jack Twelvetree and Andrew Wu. Tickets: $15.30. Bookings: 4929 1977.

Sacred ritesHUNTER Singers will present the first concert in their three-show 2017 subscription series at Adamstown Uniting Church on Sunday, April 2, at 2pm. The program, Sacred Rites, will feature sacred music from around the world, including works by J.S. Bach and John Leavitt, as well as Australian composers. Special guests will be new group, Quintus, comprising local singers Paul Bevan, Paul Morris, Paul Tenorio, Chris Allan and Peter Guy. Tickets are $25, concession $20, school-age children $10. Bookings: trybooking苏州美甲学校.

Sing AlongADAMSTOWN Uniting Church is also the venue for the year’s first Sing Along to the Shows in its Dungeon performance space on April 8 at 2pm. The show, Around the World, will feature songs that mention places including Ipanema, Paris, London, Rioand Australia. There will also be a celebration of Dame Vera Lynn’s recent 100th birthday. Entry is $10.