Articles on ‘WAAPA’

Tough times for WAAPA

As a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, I can say with absolute confidence that WAAPA is an incredible place to study. The passion of both the teachers and students create a learning environment unlike any I have ever seen before. Not only does the school boast an enormous list of alumni… Read more.


WAAPA’s How to Succeed a success!

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) continues the success of its mid year musical, as the third year music theatre students present the Tony Award winning, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. From the moment you enter the theatre you are transported back in time as old television show themes are… Read more.


WAAPA warms up winter

As part of its June program The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) presents a Broadway smash hit musical, classic drama and a true story based on one of the most infamous scandals in financial history. These productions end the first semester for the talented group of WAAPA students as they begin to prepare for the… Read more.


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.


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