‘Hairspray the Musical’ Wows the Redlands

Sheldon College’s 2013 production of “Hairspray the Musical” opened on Wednesday 1 May 2013 to a sold out audience and finished with a spontaneous standing ovation after every show at the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC).

The cast of 75 students delivered on every level with a simply brilliant performance, ably backed up by a hardworking media team, backstage crew and pit band. Over 130 students from Sheldon College were involved in the production, with the majority of key roles being played by students from The Australian School of the Arts program. The industry level Arts training available to students at the College was certainly evidenced by all in attendance on opening night, with many guests commenting on the consummate professionalism of the actors, musicians and dancers on stage.

“The response to the show from the school family network and the wider Redlands community has been amazing. The 2013 Sheldon College production of Hairspray represents the benchmark for musical theatre and Arts hybrid performance for secondary schools in Qld”Darren Harvey, Director Australian School of the Arts

The entire season of performances was sold out and there was also a free ticket community engagement matinee performance on Friday 3 May attended by school groups from across the Redlands and Moreton Bay islands, as well as special interest community groups. For many of these attendees, it was their first visit to RPAC and for some it was their first musical theatre performance. Some of the school groups used the performance as stimulus material for classroom discussion and responding.

The students at Sheldon College and the Australian School of the Arts are now back to their usual scholastic routine, but will carry the memories of an amazing week of Arts performance for many years to come.


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.

Audition Dates for ASTA Professionals 2018

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

School of Fine Art
Wednesday 15 November 2017 – 3.45pm to 5.00pm
Location: MD4

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
Location: TBC

For more information on auditioning for the ASTA Professionals program, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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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