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Acclaimed soprano Emma Matthews joins WAAPA

Acclaimed soprano Emma Matthews joins WAAPA




The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University has announced that acclaimed soprano Emma Matthews will take on the role of Head of Classical Voice. The highly awarded Australian opera star will commence in the role in January 2018. Since graduating in 1992 from The West Australian Conservatorium of Music (now part […]

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Find out what goes on at WAAPA at their open house

Find out what goes on at WAAPA at their open house




Visit the WA Acacemy of Performing Arts next weekend and see what goes on at one of Australia’s premier cultural education facilities. Over the years WAAPA has produced some of Australia’s best known actors, musicians and dancers. As well as many professionals acclaimed for their work behind the scenes in areas like arts management, costume […]

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Faith and Freedom: A one night celebration of George Michael




Beginning with the iconic saxophone solo from Careless Whisper, the Perth Symphony Orchestra and the WAAPA gospel choir recreated a selection of George Michael’s considerable back catalogue at the Astor Theatre. At the beginning of the evening a fairly sedate audience who weren’t afraid to shush some of the rowdier patrons in the audience during […]

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’42nd Street’ delivers first class performances

’42nd Street’ delivers first class performances




42nd Street | Regal Theatre | Until 24 June | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The last time I saw the musical 42nd Street was a Drury Lane Theatre in the West End in the eighties. On that occasion the role of young ingenue Peggy Sawyer was played by Catherine Zeta Jones. It was the Welsh actress breakthrough […]

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Zoe Pepper writes a love letter to the subconscious in The Irresistible

Zoe Pepper writes a love letter to the subconscious in The Irresistible




WAAPA trained actor and director Zoe Pepper, together with her actors and co-writers Adriane Daff and Tim Watts has created a “reckless, intoxicating love letter to the subconscious” in The Irresistible. Was there a light bulb moment of inspiration that spurred the creation of this show? It was more of a piecing together of the puzzle […]

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Petits Fours: Have a taste of these bite-sized theatre treats at WAAPA

Petits Fours: Have a taste of these bite-sized theatre treats at WAAPA




In June, WAAPA is proud to present Petits Fours, a season of bite-sized theatrical treats that showcases the breathtakingly original work of four local playwrights: Hellie Turner, Chris Isaacs, Gita Bezard and Finn O’Branagáin. Petits Fours was co-commissioned by WAAPA and Playwrighting Australia with the support of the Department of Culture and the Arts WA […]

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Come and meet those dancing feet at 42nd Street

Come and meet those dancing feet at 42nd Street




WAAPA is bringing a chorus line of tap-dancing feet and high-energy song and dance to the stage with a grand production of 42nd Street. Set in Depression-era New York, the show spins the classic showbiz take of a young hopeful shooting for the stars and aiming to land in her first Broadway show. When fading star Dorothy […]

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The Diary of Anne Frank is coming to WAAPA

The Diary of Anne Frank is coming to WAAPA




This year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank’s intimate record of the years she and her family spent hiding from the Nazis in occupied Holland during the latter part of World War II. In this anniversary year of the book’s publication, Perth audiences will get […]

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WAAPA dancers rise to the occasion

WAAPA dancers rise to the occasion




Dance students at the WA Academy of Performing Arts are set to shine in a new production featuring works by some of Australian’s most innovative choreographers. In Rise, WAAPA’s talented student dancers reach new artistic heights in neo-classical and contemporary dance works created on them by four outstanding Australian choreographers. Rise, featuring works by Jayne […]

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Meet the original Mean Girls – Heathers: The Musical at WAAPA

Meet the original Mean Girls – Heathers: The Musical at WAAPA




Based on the cult film of the same name, WAAPA bring the story of the original mean girls to the stage in Heathers: The Musical. Misfit Veronica Sawyer, originally portrayed by Winona Ryder, starts her new life at Westerberg High where she meets the notorious queen bees of the school – The Heathers. When Veronica […]

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