A musical Cinderella for all the family

Cinderella Opera performed by WAAPA Classical Voice students and Faith Court Orchestra

It’s a beloved fairy tale that continues to charm: the mysterious and magical story of the downtrodden beauty and her prince. Cinderella has been told in countless ways throughout the ages, from Charles Perrault’s classic 1698 storybook version to pantomimes, stage plays and modern feature films.

Cinderella is now coming to WAAPA in a sparkling new production of Jules Massenet’s glorious opera, Cendrillon. Sung in English, audiences will be entertained by the loving, yet haplessly passive father; the jovially villainous stepmother; the lonely, melancholy prince; the magical fairy godmother; and a gently courageous Cendrillon, whose unjust oppression is magically transformed into triumphant reward.

Directed by Thomas de Mallet Burgess, Cinderella will be performed in the Geoff Gibbs Theatre by WAAPA’s Classical Voice students and the Faith Court Orchestra under the musical direction of Alexander Briger AO. It opens on Monday 15 October and runs for six consecutive nights.

 

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION: CINDERELLA
GEOFF GIBBS THEATRE, ECU, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley
Tickets $44 / $39 Concession and Friends
Mon 15, Tue 16, Wed 17, Thu 18, Fri 19, Sat 20 October, 7.30pm
Director: Thomas de Mallet Burgess
Music Director: Alexander Briger AO
Performed by: WAAPA Classical Voice students and Faith Court Orchestra
BOOK NOW: Tel: (08) 9370 6895 or online at: waapa.ecu.edu.au/boxoffice

WAAPA students challenged by jukebox musical Rock of Ages

Rock of all ages musical - WAAPA

DIRECTOR Crispin Taylor promised there would be no sleazy Tom Cruise, like there was in the 2012 film, when WAAPA second year music theatre students present musical Rock of Ages at Roundhouse Theatre from October 13.

“I’ve seen the film, although I wouldn’t bother watching that,” Taylor, of Mt Lawley, said. “The stage show is much more fun and we’re falling about laughing a lot in rehearsals.

“It’s no deep night in the theatre and the story is very lightweight. It follows a country girl who comes to LA’s Sunset Strip in the mid 1980s and falls in love with a young bartender who wants to be a rock star.”

Chris D’Arienzo wrote the jukebox musical and the original Broadway production ran for almost six years on Broadway featuring hits from Bon Jovi, Journey, Twisted Sister, Europe, Foreigner and more.

“D’Arienzo wanted to create a musical that all his rock friends would come and enjoy, so the show absolutely pleases both camps,” he said.

“It’s the musical you bring people to who don’t like musicals.

“They’ll laugh a lot and sign along with the material. They can’t get their lighters out anymore, but maybe they’ll get their mobile phones out and sway along.”

Taylor said he was monitoring his second-year students who were finding the rock songs vocally challenging. “Occasionally you’ll get the right cast for the show and I’ve been lucky with this one,” he said. “What I mean is, in a student production you’re often having to manipulate or puppeteer one of the performers into a role that doesn’t quite suit them. But with this particular cast and production, they all suit their roles so perfectly and it makes my job very easy.”

THE ESSENTIALS
What: Rock of Ages
Where: Roundhouse Theatre, WAAPA
When: October 13 to 20
Tickets: www.waapa.ecu.edu.au

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Choice Cuts is on soon!

The Third Year Theatre and Music Theatre Graduands are proud and pumped to present the graduating classes in performances as shown below!

In past years these performances have been somewhat inaccessible to outside audiences. but this year the performers have taken care to avoid private jokes and any explicit references. They are putting together a showcase of scenes and songs that all audiences will love and appreciate!

The talented young triple threats will take to the stage to showcase highlights from their time at WAAPA in one of their final performances at this prestigious institution; a show that is not to be missed!

 

CHOICE CUTS (Acting)
Saturday 15th September
2pm and 7.30pm
Tickets from the WAAPA Box Office.
$25 Adult $20 Friends/Concession

Thunderstruck starring Feels and Pavan Kumar Hari

friends of the academy thunderstruck performance by waapa

Defying Gravity directed by Tim White
Thursday 13, Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September at 7.30pm
2pm matinee on Saturday 15 September

Rapturous and exotic, gorgeous and romantic, passionate and powerful: an ace team of percussion magicians joins Defying Gravity to create musical alchemy in a heavenly world made entirely of sound.  The winners of Triple J’s 2017 Listen Out competition, Feels is a dynamic WA duo blending high-energy percussion with funky melodies and ravishing electronic beats.  Virtuoso percussionist Pavan Kumar Hari introduces dancers and musicians from WA’s Temple of Fine Arts, revealing a mystical world of exotic instruments, seductive timbres, breathtaking images and the overwhelming power of rhythm!

Magic is exactly what this group performs. They’re not just artists, they’re sorcerers-extraordinaire!
–  Steve Spain, Harambee Magazine.

 

WA Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mt Lawley  

Tickets:  $28 full  /  $23  concession / Friends of the Academy                                       
Available from:    www.waapa.ecu.edu.au   or   WAAPA Box Office  phone 9370 6895

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WAAPA Grad in upcoming Harry Potter play!

Earlier this month, Gillian Cosgriff commented on Facebook

“In news that is still UNBELIEVABLE to me, I’m super excited to let you know I’ll be in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’m thrilled and delighted and chuffed and I’m going to nerd out SO hard over every single thing.”

 

After graduating from WAAPA in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music Theatre, Gillian wrote her debut show, Waitressing…And Other Things I Do Well, which debuted at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and went on to tour nationally. She recorded an EP of original songs from the show with Luckiest Records, which was released on iTunes in 2011.

We are so excited for her and to read more about her story, head over to www.gilliancosgriff.com

2018’s Choice Cuts

The 3rd Year Actors are very proud to present 2018’s Choice Cuts!

Whether you want to reminisce or get a second chance to catch a glimpse of a few things you may have missed over the years, Choice Cuts is a trip down memory lane for the whole family.

We promise a night filled with all the essentials of theatre- hearty laughter, undeniable tears and enough dance medleys and music to make you question which course we’re in.

Featuring the choicest cuts from:

  • A Street Car Named Desire
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • The Crucible
  • Momentum
  • Alice Paws
  • A taste of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and much more!

Please click here to view our Facebook event.

Tickets are available here.

Can’t wait to see you there!