The little cherubs have tapped, jazzed, hip-hopped, sung and cheerleader-ed their way through the past 12 months and now it’s time to show off all those mad kiddie skills on the stage. Yes, people. Brace yourself. It’s officially concert season!


What better way to reward yourself after a year’s worth of mum-taxi driving (and all that hanging around in the car in a dance hall carpark with takeaway coffee while Facebooking on your smartphone, waiting for class to end) than a dance concert? And what better expertise for haven to call on, on the topic of end-of-year kid concerts, than long-time Gold Coast actress and screenwriter Anna Waters-Massey?


Anna’s web series Stage Mums, filmed on the Gold Coast, is now in Season Two and parodies the children’s entertainment industry through her main characters, Shaz (played by Anna herself) and Trace. These mums scheme their “supertalented, triple-threat” daughters’ rise to stardom. Think pretentious kids, obnoxious parents, competitive eisteddfods and dodgy castings.


Through Stage Mums, Shaz and Trace tackle all the ‘big issues’ while stereotypically quaffing Sav Blanc and plotting the ultimate upstaging of their dance mum nemesis, “AmandabloodyKingsfordSmythe”.


“Australians are so good at having a laugh at themselves,” Anna says. “And, it doesn’t hurt to have a cultural mirror held up every now and then.”


With end-of-year concerts right on our doorsteps, haven asked Anna (read: Shaz) to give us advice on how to survive the season unscathed. Here are her thoughts, verbatim:

  1. The minute youse hear the tickets are on sale grab the best seats. Make sure you buy enough tickets for all the rellies. It’s so embarrassing if you don’t have a full entourage to support your kid cos all those other families will have every grandparent, aunt, uncle and step sibling they can drag along.
  2. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your kid stand out by adding your own personal touches to their costume. A few sequins, feathers and some glitter can make all the difference. Pulling focus is a must!
  3. For gawd’s sake, make sure you give a donation to the dance/performance school and sponsor an award. This will ensure that your kid wins something at the end of the night.
  4. Have a couple of Sav Blanks before the concert, it helps you get through all the boring bits when your kid’s not on stage.
  5. Post pics on Facebook and Instagram immediately and for heaven’s sake tag the dance/performance school and teacher or there’s no point. For optimum results also tag things like; the clothing company, shoe brand, dancewear shop, name the song and artist, makeup company, hair product as well as all the usual hashtags: #Christmas #concert #cute #talented #smile #gorgeous #sing #dance #act #music etc.


Check out the Stage Mums’ Season Two trailer at www.youtube.com or visit www.stagemums.com. You’ll also find Stage Mums on Facebook and Twitter.


Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.