WAAPA opens its doors to the public Sunday

WAAPA Open House August 2015The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), as part of Edith Cowan University’s Mount Lawley campus, is opening its doors to the public this Sunday, August 9 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for it’s annual Open Day event.


Showcasing its wide range of performing arts courses and state-of-the-art facilities for prospective students, the WAAPA Open Day offers the perfect opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at Australia’s premier performing arts academy.


WAAPA offers full-time courses in Aboriginal Theatre, Acting, Arts Management, Costume, Dance, Design, Lighting, Music, Music Theatre, Performing Arts, Props and Scenery, Sound, and Stage Management. In addition to gaining information on these WAAPA courses, the Open Day provides opportunities to meet staff and students, visit rehearsals and classes, view exhibitions and watch performances.


Visitors will be able to sit in on voice and movement classes from the Acting and Music Theatre programs plus open rehearsals of the next lot of WAAPA shows (Macbeth, The Mill On The Floss and Carrie – The Musical). Open classes and rehearsals for the Dance and BA Performing Arts programs offer an ideal opportunity to gain a better understanding of the disciplines covered by these exciting WAAPA programs. The Composition & Music Technology students will be giving demonstrations and performances throughout the day, whilst Classical singers and instrumentalists and Jazz and Contemporary Music ensembles will be giving free concerts.


Students from the Production & Design program will present guided tours all day. The Behind the Scenes tour explores the machinations of theatrical production encompassing the sound and lighting studios, costume and design studios, the Academy’s state-of-the-art theatres and the brand new Props and Scenery Construction workshop.


“ECU and WAAPA’s Open Day is a great opportunity to learn about how to become part of one of Australia’s best known and respected performing arts training institutions,” says WAAPA Director Julie Warn, “as well as finding out more about the specific courses on offer. Prospective students, their families and any interested member of the public can have a good look over ECU’s Mount Lawley campus.”


Edith Cowan University is located at 2 Bradford St, Mt Lawley. There will be free parking all day across campus.


Photo: WAAPA’s Music Theatre students tapping. Photo courtesy of WAAPA.