Popular musical set to wow Redland Theatre goers

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.


ASTA Professionals 2018 Auditions

Applications for entry in 2018 are now open.

Every applicant wishing to gain entry into the Professionals Program will be required to participate in an audition/interview or portfolio presentation to demonstrate their talent and potential to benefit from the course. ASTA courses look for students who show potential and talent but need to acquire technical skills. At ASTA, auditioning and interviewing are an important part of each course.

“Auditions and interviews can be nerve-wracking. It is important to understand that professionals are required to audition or interview throughout their career.”Mr Darren Harvey, Director of ASTA

All students are taught how the industries work and how to find employment. Talent is not enough. It must be supported by skill, technique and knowledge. These things can be learned whilst students are a part of ASTA.

To apply to audition for the ASTA Professionals program, please download and complete the relevant application form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Audition Dates for ASTA Professionals 2018

School of Combined Performing Arts (CPA)
Wednesday 1 November 2017 (lunchtime) – Acting
Thursday 2 November 2017 (lunchtime) – Vocals
Friday 3 November (lunchtime) – Dance
Note: Students must attend all three audition workshops

School of Visual Art
Wednesday 1 November 2017 – 3.45pm to 5.00pm
Location: ArtsScapes

School of Film and Television (FTV)
Friday 3 November 2017 - 3.45pm to 5.00pm
Location: LINQ Precinct

School of Costume and Fashion Design
Wednesday 1 November 2017 – 3.45pm to 5.00pm 


ASTA School of Combined Performing Arts (CPA)

The ASTA Professionals School of Combined Performing Arts (CPA) offers comprehensive training in Acting, Vocals and Dance for students in Year 9 to 12. It is specifically aimed at talented students who possess a passion for performance and a vision for a career in any facet of the industry. The course is unique in that it offers creative classroom training providing solid foundations across the three major performing arts disciplines. This is complemented through participation in regular masterclasses directed by industry trained specialists at the cutting edge of their field. Further performance exposure is gained through the weekly tuition workshops, providing regular skill building and performance practice.

The Year 9 and 10 course consists of three areas of study; Acting, Vocals and Dance. The classes are designed to provide valuable exposure to each of the Performing Arts platforms. However, as students often have the tendency to lean more heavily towards one specific art form, they are provided with the opportunity to make their own ‘elective’ based study choices during semester 2. This empowers the students to focus-in on an area of the arts that they particularly desire.  Whilst what underpins our philosophy is the fundamental belief that every performer should be exposed to all three genres, the ‘elective’ based semester allows us to provide the ‘best of both worlds’ which produces a combination of a focused approach and an eclectic learning experience.

During Year 11 and 12, students are able to plan their own pathway and study subjects that appeal specifically to them (much like University). The combined nature of the program subscribes to that of the student's interests and passions.

The ASTA CPA course looks for students who desire to become capable, well-rounded performers in the future.


Term 1 and 2

Wednesdays - 3:45pm to 6:00pm (Voice, Dance and Acting)

Term 3 and 4

Wednesdays - 3:45pm to 4:45pm (Elective A - Voice, Acting or Dance)
Wednesdays - 4:50pm to 5:50pm (Elective B - Voice, Acting or Dance)


Wednesdays - 1:10pm to 2:30pm (Elective A - Voice, Acting or Dance)
Wednesdays - 2:35pm to 3:55pm (Elective B - Voice, Acting or Dance)
Wednesdays - 4:00pm to 5:30pm ('Futures' Elective C)


Welcome to ASTA

The Australian School of The Arts (ASTA) is a state-of-the art program that includes the ASTA Academy and the audition based ‘Professionals’ Arts Excellence program. ASTA caters for students in Prep to Year 12 across all facets of Arts Education, including Music, Visual Art, Drama, Dance, Voice, Film and Television and Musical Theatre at Sheldon College. The ASTA program has over 1000 students enrolled across all of these facets of the Arts.

The ASTA Academy program provides co-curricular tuition in Dance, Drama and Visual Art. The Dance Academy offers tuition for students in Prep to Year 12. Students learn a range of dance styles whilst developing coordination, strength and confidence. The Drama Academy offers Semester based tuition to students in Prep to Year 8 including the ‘Pre-Professionals’ program. These audition-based classes allow talented Year 7 and 8 students to excel in Drama. Students have a choice of studying Musical Theatre or Acting. The Visual Art Academy at Sheldon College offers an exciting, encouraging and supportive environment for students in Years 2 to 8 to explore their artistic and creative talents with new mediums and techniques.

For our Year 9 to 12 students, we also offer a Theatresports program. Theatresports is a system of improvised drama and comedy games, and players have regular opportunities to perform in class, at College, and against other schools in annual Qld Youth Theatresports Challenge.

The ASTA Professionals Program is an audition based excellence course that provides an unparalleled Arts education for talented senior Students in Year 9 to 12 and value adds to the current Arts subjects offered at Sheldon College. Our ‘Professionals’ program provides students with the unique opportunity to marry their love for and talent in the Arts with a regular Academic program, which will still qualify them for an Overall Position (OP).

Griffith University is currently delivering a GUESTS Early Entry Program on the Sheldon College Campus for secondary students wishing to enter a Performing Arts or Film and TV related degree. High School students in the Redlands who have met the Griffith University entry requirements have begun their University studies on the Sheldon College campus. Renowned Dramatist, Author and Griffith University Professor Bruce Burton has been delivering the course ‘Introduction to Performance Skills’, whilst Sheldon College FTV expert, Mr Murray James has been delivering the course ‘Digital Production I’ also to students from all around the Redlands.

If you are interested in the Australian School of the Arts at Sheldon College, please contact the Arts Administrator on (07) 3206 5594 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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