Move over Zac Efron – enter Jacob Irvine, in Sheldon College’s production of Disney’s High School Musical! Running at the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) from Wednesday, 5 May, through to 8 May 2010, including a Matinee performance on Saturday, students will take to the stage to present Disney’s popular and colourful characters and songs from the smash hit television film.
With many of the participants being drawn from Sheldon College’s school of excellence in the arts, ASTA (Australian School of the Arts), the highest standard of performance is ensured, and, if past history is anything to go by, the standard will wow the audience and far exceed the perceived expectations of a school musical production. The amazing pool of talent has seen some of the current singers already benefiting from industry experience, bringing confidence and experience to their roles that belies their years.
The leads are played by Jacob Irvine as Troy, Sarah Copley as Gabriella, Breearna Mandla as Ms Darbus, Sarah Hutley as Sharpy, and Dakota Striplin as Ryan. Some of these students have specifically moved to Sheldon College to join the ASTA program, to nurture their passion and develop their performance skills. They are joined by over 100 students, including a 20-piece rock orchestra, as well as the crew and audio visual team. Sometimes described as a modern day Romeo and Juliet, the plot of Disney’s High School Musical sees two students from rival cliques – the basketball team and the science club – audition for the school musical, which sends shock waves through their respective support groups. The rival groups work hard to keep Troy and Gabriella apart but their determination to succeed inspires other students to release hidden talents and dreams. Sheldon College has a very strong track record with its graduates, particularly with ASTA students, going on to become some of Australia’s rising stars. Megan Washington, for example, is now capturing the public’s attention following her highly-acclaimed appearances on RocKwiz and Spicks and Specks. Megan played a lead role in Sheldon College’s past production of Guys and Dolls. Many past students have also gone on to study at the Queensland Conservatorium, WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) and the VCA (Victorian College of the Arts).
Members of the public are warmly invited to join the audience to experience tomorrow’s stars today, so that they too can say “I was there!” when these talented students one day become success stories in the world of entertainment.