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2016 Arts Academy Awards

On Saturday 17 September over 300 singers, dancers and musicians took to the stage at the Sheldon Event Centre and wowed their audience of 800 with performances that were of the standard of professional performers. Many mentioned they had to remind themselves during the evening that the performers were, in fact, current students of Sheldon College. Some of the notable performances were ‘Purple Rain’, ‘Geronimo’, ‘Chicago’ and a wonderful ‘Fame’ Medley including Wearable Art which also saw the first part of the evening ending with a large production of ‘Les Miserables’. A definite roof raiser for the night as was the finale performance of a Beyonce Medley.

Overall 16 Awards were presented on the evening in varying categories. Sheldon College Actress of the Year was awarded to Jasmine Martin whilst Actor of the Year went to Jackson Bannister. Both these students had major lead roles in this year’s ‘Addams Family’ musical. Another favourite and highly contested award of the night, 2016 Dancer of the Year was presented to Georgia Blair.

Recently returning from his achievements at the Australian Percussion titles in Melbourne, Justin Zheng will be adding to his trophy shelf again as he was named Instrumentalist of the Year.

Rise Media took out this year’s Production Group of the Year Award with the very skilled member of this Group Lachlan Trott, also awarded Director of the Year.

Aliya Yildirim was named Interdisciplinary Media Artist of the Year and Ellie McBain was very happy to receive her 2D Multi-Media Artist of the Year Award.

Best Emerging Artist of the Year was won by Ellen Warner who had a wonderful year and was recognised for her hard work throughout 2016.

The Middle College Cultural Award winner was Lara Wilson, whilst the very talented Micayla van Wyk was awarded the Senior College Cultural Award.

Male Vocalist of the Year was awarded to Axel Duffy, whilst Female Vocalist of the Year was presented to Chloe Crick who also took the most prestigious award of the evening the 2016 Gold Award.

Congratulations to all of the Award nominees and winners on the evening.

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2015 Arts Academy Awards

Another entourage of students is bound for stage stardom after stealing the show at the 11th Annual Arts Academy Awards on Saturday 19 September. Staged to coincide with Hollywood’s Academy Awards, this year’s brilliant instalment saw more than 300 singers, dancers and musicians raise the roof off the Sheldon Event Centre.

Seasoned song and dance man Travis Johnson capped a stellar season of excellence when he was named 2015 Actor of the Year and the Year 12 student was back on the podium a short time later to accept another award as the 2015 Dancer of the Year. However fellow Year 12 Student Manali Datar scooped the pool when she was named Actress of the Year, won the Senior Cultural Award and then the major annual award, the prestigious Gold Award.

Sheldon College Captain Matthew Copley added another accolade to his burgeoning resume of scholastic excellence when he was named the Instrumentalist of the Year while at the end of the spectrum, April Beak was named Best Emerging Artist of the Year.

Triad Studios won the Production Group of the Year category while the highly sought after Director of the Year trophy went to Adam Shaw. Bronwyn Myers was named Interdisciplinary Media Artist of the Year and Charlotte Balfour secured 2D Multi-Media Artist of the Year.

Emerging star Axel Duffy was acknowledged for his brilliant work throughout 2015 when he was named Male Vocalist of the Year and his partner in rhyme, Jaimee Godfrey was named Female Vocalist of the Year.

Jenna Rainbird won the Middle Cultural Award and Laura Dower won the ASTA Award for Excellence.

Congratulations to all of our 2015 Award recipients.

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ASTA Professionals Fees & Prospectus

2018 ASTA Professionals Fee Structure

Year 9 and 10 Course - $300 per Term
Year 11 and 12 Course - $400 per Term

For further information on the Australian School of the Arts at Sheldon College, please call (07) 3206 5594 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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..

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