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Arts Academy Awards 2017

The 2017 Arts Academy Awards was held on Saturday 16 September, in the Sheldon Event Centre, in-front of an audience of over 800 people. This annual event recognises the best of Sheldon College student works across all Senior College art forms and incorporates the award ceremony for the student nominees from Visual Art, Music, Vocal Studies, Acting, Dance and Film, Television and New Media.

This year, over 300 singers, dancers and musicians took to the stage in performances which were nothing short of spectacular; while the stunning lighting and audio visual production was provided by students from the Australian School of the Arts' Film, Television and New Media Program.

Notable performances included ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘Africa’, ‘Incomplete’ and a wonderful ‘Mary Poppins’ medley – a nod to Sheldon College’s highly successful 2017 musical. A definite highlight of the evening was ‘When We Were Young’, an Adele song, performed by teacher Miss Rachel Head, Year 12 Female Vocalists (Eve), the Arts Academy Show Choir and the Arts Academy Band. Another highly popular item was "Somebody to Love", performed by our incredibly talented and much loved Arts Staff.

Mr Darren Harvey, Sheldon College Director of the Australian School of the Arts said “Tonight is a great example of what is possible when students believe in something and work hard towards achieving that goal. With the right guidance these students are capable of artistic feats that even they did not know was possible. Tonight was a true example of hybrid arts in action.”

Congratulations must go to all of the Performers and Award Nominees for a wonderfully memorable and enjoyable evening, and to the following 2017 Arts Academy Award Winners:

  • Technical Producer of the Year - Jack Vernon
  • Director of the Year - Jack Vernon
  • 2D Multi-Media Artist of the Year - Paris Brotherton
  • 3D Interdisciplinary Media Artist of the Year - Ellie McBain
  • Instrumentalist of the Year - Justing Zheng
  • Dancer of the Year - Taylah Brady
  • Actor of the Year - Jan Krawczyk
  • Actress of the Year - Chloe Crick
  • Female Vocalist of the Year - Chloe Crick
  • Male Vocalist of the Year - Kyle Colburn
  • Best Emerging Artist of the Year - Hannah James
  • ASTA Award for Excellence - Mikayla Yates
  • Middle College Cultural Award - Zephram Chambers
  • Senior College Cultural Award - Tara Alcorn
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Just Dance 2017

Just Dance 2017

On Saturday 17 June, Sheldon College presented their annual dance extravaganza, Just Dance. Performances featured students from the ASTA Dance Academy, ASTA Professionals Program, Classroom Dance, the Senior College Choreography Competition and the Senior College Musical, Mary Poppins. The 2017 Prefects and selected Staff also joined in to compete in a dance-off. A range of dance genres and styles were displayed including jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop.

The event was proudly brought home to the Sheldon Event Centre for the first time this year, as part of the College’s 20 Year Celebrations. Previous Dance Captains, who have been responsible for shaping and leading the dance program at Sheldon College, were invited back to enjoy the show and 2015 Alumnus, Travis Johnson, spoke on their behalf about the way in which dance, and teaching dance, has impacted his life beyond school.

The annual 'Get Dancing' Award, in memory of Chloe Saunders, was presented to Year 6 student Elise McKillop during the Evening Show. This award is presented to a Sheldon College student who demonstrates, beyond everything else, a passion for dance. 

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Musical 2017

"Practically perfect in every way…" is a precisely accurate five-word review of The Australian School of the Arts' production of Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical.   Weekend Notes On-line Review

The Australian School of the Arts celebrated 20 years of Musical Theatre this year, with our production of the Broadway Musical ‘Mary Poppins’. The two-week season at Redlands Performing Arts Centre sold out in just days, leaving us with no choice but to add an additional performance to meet demand.

The show involved so many firsts for The Australian School of the Arts - our longest season, biggest audience, first time with a digitally projected set, first time using a theatrical flying rig, and also our largest cast requiring over 300 costumes.

The show received excellent local and national reviews including the prestigious theatre publication Stage Whispers. Audiences were amazed at the professional standard of our young performers, with many ranking it on a par with high budget professional touring shows.

Stage Whispers online review

Weekend Notes online review

Courier Mail online article

Redland City Bulletin online article

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ASTA Drama Academy Showcase 2016

We are pleased to announce that the ASTA Drama Academy will be hosting their annual Showcase on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November. 2016 has been an exciting year for the Academy with the addition of two extra ‘production groups’ to the Program as well as the regular classes. We are excited to not only be performing “Shrek Jr” as our Year 7 & 8 Musical for this year, but also “James and the Giant Peach” and “Circus Olympus”.

Performance Details & Show Times

‘James and the Giant Peach’ has been a wonderful opportunity for selected students from Prep to Year 6 to work collaboratively to produce this wonderful children’s classic story. Our Year 5 & 6 students have taken on a leadership role throughout the process which has been a wonderful challenge for all students involved.

‘Circus Olympus’ has been an opportunity for students in Year 7 & 8 who have a keen interest in Acting to explore and push their skills in a very focused environment. The students have experimented with their physicality and have been pushed to learn lines and create strong characters in this quirky, Greek inspired tale.

‘Shrek the Musical’ has seen a large group of Year 7 & 8 students push themselves into new avenues this year once again. They have worked on performance skills across voice, acting and dance and are looking forward to bringing you the high energy production of Shrek. This loveable movie series has been transformed into an entertaining Musical including all the characters we know and love and the students have worked incredibly hard this year combining all three areas of singing, acting and dancing to bring you a fantastic junior interpretation of this piece.

Shrek the Musical

Friday 4 November @ 6:30pm
Saturday 5 November @ 6:30pm
Sheldon Event Centre

James and the Giant Peach

Saturday 5 November @ 1:00pm
LINQ Precinct

Circus Olympus

Saturday 5 November @ 3:30pm
Café ’97 (Undercover Area)

We hope that you are able to join us and we look forward to sharing these productions with you. For further information regarding this special event, please contact the Arts department on (07) 3206 5556 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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