Articles on ‘WAAPA’

From WA to Broadway – in conversation with Carmel Dean

Carmel Dean, WAAPA graduate and proud red head from Perth, has been making waves on Broadway for the last decade. The Australian musical director, arranger, composer and pianist spoke exclusively with AussieTheatre about her life on Broadway, composing for theatre and working with Broadway composer William Finn… Most recently, Carmel Dean was seen onstage as… Read more.

Waapa’s Xanadu – Camp Musical Comedy at its best!

The WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) third year musical theatre students last night opened the year with a winner; Xanadu. Based on the Universal Pictures film by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel and staring Olivia Newton John, this production is Camp Musical Comedy at its best. Xanadu tells the tale of muse Clio, who… Read more.

WAAPA graduate Jai Courtney cast opposite Bruce Willis

2008 WAAPA acting graduate Jai Courtney has been cast in a career making role, opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard 5, A Good Day to Die Hard. Courtney will take on the roll of Jack McLane, the estranged son of John Mclane (Willis), in the next instalment of the successful franchise. According the the studio’s release, the… Read more.

Verity Hunt-Ballard wins biggest role

Verity Hunt-Ballard has won the most prized role in musical theatre. It has been confirmed that the Jersey Boys star will play Mary in the forthcoming Australian production of the blockbuster musical Mary Poppins.Her casting has been one of the best kept secrets in musical theatre, with rumours persisting about who had been cast as Mary but very… Read more.

Mamma Mia! hits the stage in Sydney

A spectacular new talent made her debut in a leading role whilst some veterans showed why they are some of Australia’s best musical theatre talents at the opening night performance of the musical Mamma Mia! in Sydney on Thursday night. The show opened in front of a capacity audience at the Lyric Theatre, where it will play… Read more.

Sydney Memorial for Matthew Leonard

The Sydney theatre community will pay tribute to the late Matthew Leonard at a special memorial service next week. Leonard was killed earlier this month when a plane he was travelling in crashed en route to Kokoda. A WAAPA graduate, Leonard starred in a number of musicals before leaving the theatre industry to follow other… Read more.

Crash claimed another theatre victim

The Papua New Guinea plane crash that claimed the life of nine Australians has another tragic theatre link, with community theatre worker Euan Comrie amongst the dead. Euan Comrie was en route to walk the Kokoda Track as part of a tribute to his World War II-serving grandfather. WAAPA graduate and musical theatre actor Matthew… Read more.

Taken Too Young: Matt Leonard killed

Taken Too Young: Matt Leonard killed

Tributes are flowing in for actor Matthew Leonard, who was amongst nine Australians killed in a plane crash in Papua New Guinea on Tuesday. The 28-year-old, a graduate of the Western Australian Academy Of Arts, was not a regular on stage, with his passion for adventure leading him to a career as a firefighter. But… Read more.