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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 @ 1pm
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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The 12th Annual Arts Academy Awards

On Saturday 17 September, the Australian School of the Arts will present the 12th Arts Academy Awards at the Sheldon Event Centre.

This prestigious event recognises the best of Sheldon College student works across all Senior College art forms and will again feature the award ceremony for the student nominees from Visual Art, Music, Vocal Studies, Acting, Dance and Film and Television. We invite you to ‘dress to impress’ in your best evening wear and join us for a night of food, celebration and entertainment as we present our outstanding performances and celebrate the great work of our artists. Congratulations to our 2016 Arts Academy Award Nominees. We would also like to recognise all of the talented Arts students who missed out this year, we are all very proud of you and your work and efforts have not gone unnoticed.

THE EVENT

The evening will begin with doors opening at 6pm in the Sheldon Event Centre where you will enjoy drinks on arrival and a selection of ‘Mini Entrée Appetisers’ as our 2016 Award Nominees arrive via the Red Carpet Catwalk. At 6.45pm the ‘Pre-Show’ Awards will be presented before the main meal is served at 7pm. Enjoy the delicious food whilst our Musical montage features on the large media screen. The official Award Ceremony will begin at 8.15pm and the delectable final dessert course will be served to you at 9.15pm before the show interval. The Ceremony will conclude at 11.00pm when we will hand over the microphones to our very own ‘Soul Band’. We encourage you to ‘put on your dancing shoes’ and enjoy the live after-show entertainment until late.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES

Selection of Mini Entrée Appetisers
Gourmet Mini Pies
Forest Mushroom Filled Arrancini Risotto Cakes (V)
Panko Crumbed Prawns
Chive & Prawn Gyozas
Indian Pakoras (V, DF, GF)
Grilled Vegetable and Feta Cheese Tarts (V, GF)

Table ‘Grazing Style’ Main Course
Beef Eye Fillet Medallion with Red Wine Jus (GF, DF)
Pan Fried Chicken Supreme with Mushroom Ragout (GF)
Golden Baked Potato Gratin (GF)
Selection of Oven Roasted Vegetables (GF, DF)

Vegetarian option:
Baked Bell Pepper with Spiced Vegetable Risotto and Tomato Coulis (V, DF, GF)

Dessert Cake
Rich Flourless Dark Chocolate Jaffa (GF)
White Chocolate and Raspberry Friand (GF)
Allergy option:
Carved Seasonal Fruit Plate

KEY: V = VEGETARIAN, DF = DAIRY FREE, GF = GLUTEN FREE
Whilst we endeavour to fulfil allergy options, we cannot fully guarantee items to be allergen free due to possible traces on equipment and raw ingredients. Possible traces may remain present.

Beverages & Bar
We will be providing drinks on arrival from 6pm to 6.30pm. Each table will also be pre-set with a bottle of red and white wine plus soft drinks. The bar will be serving from 6.30pm to 11.30pm and will be operating as a cashless outlet. Beverages can only be purchased using ‘Drink Tickets’ that can be pre-purchased from the Finance Office. On the evening there will be a cashier located in the Sheldon Event Centre foyer where drink tickets can be purchased using cash or EFTPOS.

We would once again like to congratulate all of our Arts Academy Award Nominees.

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The Addams Family - Sell Out Success!

Sheldon College and the Australian School of the Arts (ASTA) set another benchmark of Arts excellence with their recent production of the "The Addams Family" at the Redland Performing Arts Centre in Cleveland. The five performance dates sold out in record time and the packed houses erupted in standing ovations for the superb student performances. The cast of over 70 actors, singers and dancers was ably supported by a 19 piece band over and 40 strong media and backstage crew. Many tickets were sold to members of the Redlands community who have come to realise the high standard of productions staged by Sheldon College.

ASTA Director, Mr Darren Harvey, said "The amazing results of this year's Musical is clear evidence of the quality of teaching in our ASTA program, and shows how student skill sets can be extended to a professional standard".

Vocal Director, Mr Adam Lopez, stated “This Musical has really raised the bar in so many respects. I am amazed how students have been able to understand the complex nuances of subtext, narrative, comic timing and combining all of these elements along with choreography and singing, a skill beyond their years. The cast has been one of the most delightful that I have ever worked with. All students were eager to learn and explore areas beyond their comfort zone; all traits of true professionals in the making. I am going to miss seeing the quirky characters on stage but am confident the students who played them will remember them for the rest of their lives. An absolute pleasure working with such talent”

The production was ably supported by many parents and staff who assisted backstage with make-up, costuming and set building. Congratulations to all involved in this stellar production.

 

 

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