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A Sydney-First Inclusive Musical Fostering Inclusivity, Diversity and Connectedness

At Umbrella School of Music, we pride ourselves on providing a community where music, singing, and movement become powerful tools for expression and personal growth. Our programs cater for both children and adults, with and without disability.

This groundbreaking initiative is designed to foster inclusivity, showcase diversity, and bring joy and connectedness to our community. What makes this show unique is the innovative ‘buddy model’, which pairs an individual child or adult, with and without a disability, to share the same character role.

To put on the show with the love it deserves, we are working tirelessly to raise more funds.

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Our Journey to Inclusiveness & Accessibility

Our commitment to providing inclusive performing arts opportunities dates back to 2017 when Ingrid Bass, the current Principal Facilitator of Umbrella School of Music, introduced classes for children and adults with disability at her previous school, Applause Musical Theatre Academy. The transformative journey of these students, marked by their growth in learning, confidence, and captivating stage performances, was simply priceless.

The joy radiated not only on their faces but also extended to their families and the entire audience, forming a heartwarming spectacle. This beauty expanded further as we witnessed friendships blossom when those with disability interacted with students without disability, being supported and celebrated by them, fostering an accepting and caring school community.

To explore the origin of Umbrella School of Music, click here.

Pairing Performers for an Inclusive and Insightful Spectacle

Fast forward to 2021 where Ingrid’s daughter, Sophie, found inspiration and personal growth in the innovative and inclusive ‘Stars and the Moon’ theatre group in Melbourne. Through their productions, Sophie not only formed lifelong friendships but also acquired valuable life skills. Witnessing the enchantment of ‘SpongeBob the Musical’ ignited Ingrid’s determination to bring a similar transformative, inclusive theatre experience to the heart of Sydney!


Following the winning formula of ‘Stars and the Moon,’ our inclusive musical will pair individuals with and without disability, having them buddy up as the same character in the production. Together, they’ll share costumes, lines, solos, and parts, creating a harmonious stage experience that celebrates diversity and a powerful narrative of unity. This production will empower individuals of all abilities and disabilities to shine and share their extraordinary talents and strengths.

Photo credits to Stars and the Moon Page

Sophie 5

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Our Official Partners

Our Exclusive Pilot Workshop

Our project launched with a fabulous pilot workshop on Sunday, 23 June, generously backed by funding from the ‘Willoughby City Council’. This workshop served as a backstage pass, offering insights into the production’s intricacies, alongside opportunities to participate in singing, dancing, and acting activities from the one act edition of CAMP ROCK (thanks Disney for granting us the rights!). 

From the workshop, we received expressions of interest to audition from 27 keen teens and adults (20 with disability and 7 without disability). 

So we are on the hunt now for more children/teens and adults without disability to perform alongside those with disability. If this sounds like something you’d like to do then please check out our audition information here below!


Auditions on July 28 and August 4

Audition pack and form is currently in development but will be posted soon. In the meantime, please fill in our survey here to express your interest and find out more about the project.

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Trusted By Our Community

Driven by the conviction that every voice deserves to be heard, we are setting out on a mission to dismantle barriers and cultivate a profound sense of compassion and togetherness in the community.

Join us on this extraordinary adventure, where we champion diversity, foster friendships, and revel in the sheer joy of creating music together!

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If you do not require a tax receipt, please donate to our GoFundMe.