Our Show

Rising Star is an indigenous early childhood web series from the Northern Territory Music School in Darwin. It's all about encouraging regional and remote younger kids to engage in reading with family members as well as instructional play.

Rising Star works with the Families as First Teachers (FaFT) programs around the Territory to incorporate basic literacy and numeracy skills into their sessions, and work toward building 'school ready' skills.

Early episodes have engaged the remarkable creative skills of indigenous performers such as June Mills, Ali Mills, Rob Collins and Emily Wurramurra.

Our Hosts

Courtney Bailey

COURTNEY BAILEY was a classroom teacher in Darwin and part time VAMPtv host who is now working fulltime with the VAMPtv team.  She lives in Darwin with her two adorable twin nephews who are her biggest fans.

Gus Fitzgerald

GUS FITZGERALD was an inaugural host of VAMPtv in 2011 and has brought along his trade-mark cheeky charm to Rising Star.  He enjoys jumping off the East Point cliffs at high tide, good coffee and gently strumming his guitar.

Ruby Jones-Hayes

RUBY JONES-HAYES is from Darwin and has been working as a presenter for VAMPtv since 2012.  She loves animals especially walking her dog on the beach at sunset.

Our Creative Team

Bill Grose

Bill Grose is the Executive Producer of VAMPtv and Rising Star as well as the principal at the NT Music School.  He lives in Darwin with his wife and 3 year old daughter who is an avid fan and critic of Rising Star.

Todd Williams

TODD WILLIAMS has overseen production of VAMPtv since 2011 and Rising Star since it began.  He has a background in graphic design, film-making, animation and cartooning around.  He lives in Darwin with his wife, around the corner from his children and really embracing life with his baby grand daughter.

Rodney Balaam

ROD BALAAM has been part of the VAMPtv project since 2011.  He enjoys dancing and emails, and lives in Darwin with his wife and two lanky sons.

Patrick McKenzie

PATRICK McKENZIE was part of the initial creative team for Rising Star.  He has now moved on to become a senior lecturer in media at Batchelor College.

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