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.
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.
I arrived home today to find the 2012 WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) program sitting in my letterbox. Ripping it open and flipping through it, I was excited and pleased to see the program continues to provide Perth with first class theatre that without these productions, we would not get the chance to… Read more.
We catch up with Francine Cain, currently starring in Rock of Ages as hippy activist Regina to ask her our 20 questions (+1)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seven graduates of the Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts (WAAPA) – including four from 2007 – will line-up for a production of the hit musical Hello Again at Sydney’s Darlinghurst Theatre early next year. Hello Again focuses on 10 sexual encounters that occur over 10 scenes spanning the 20th century and form a daisy… Read more.