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  • Inside WAAPA Issue 30 Page 1

    OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS, EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY (ISSUE 30) MARCH 2012

    Lucy Durackis Legally Blonde...Page 2

    PlusSecondments, Awards and much more!

    A Perfect winPage 3

    Meow Meow Page 5

    Die Hard JaiPage 5

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    Lucy DurAck to StAr In LegALLy BLonDe

    Made famous by Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 film, the role will be a tour de force for Durack, who graduated from WAAPAs Music Theatre course in 2002.

    Lucy Durack proved with Wicked she is one of Australias top musical theatre performers. With her fabulous voice and comic timing, Lucy is the ideal choice as Australias Elle Woods, said producer John Frost.

    The show premiered on Broadway in 2007 before moving to Londons Savoy Theatre in 2009 where it continues to sell out. Legally Blonde: The Musical has since toured 28 cities across the UK and was awarded Best New Musical at the 2011 Olivier Awards.

    The musical comedy tells the story of sorority queen and Southern Californian social butterfly Elle who defies the odds and enrols at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner and then goes on to represent her fitness idol Brooke Wyndham.

    Legally Blonde: The Musical opens at Sydneys Lyric Theatre on October 4.

    Following years of success as Glinda the good witch in Wicked, Lucy Durack has won the coveted role of Elle Woods in the Australian production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.

    Rob Mills and Lucy Durack in Legally Blonde: The Musical

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    PURCELL DUE BACK HOMEPrison Break star Dominic Purcell is returning to work in Australia

    for the first time in a decade.Purcell, who graduated from WAAPA in 1995, will produce and act

    in Love the Beast, a Hangover-style road-trip comedy that begins in Canberra, travels across the Nullarbor and ends in Perth.

    The 41-year-old will produce the film via his production company, NDHP with Rhys Muldoon, assisted by finance from ScreenWest and other funding.

    Western Australia has so many incredible locations and cinematically is extraordinary to look at, the light is amazing, Purcell said recently in an interview.

    Purcell was recently seen starring alongside Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro in the US-Australian co-production Killer Elite, which was released on February 23.

    JACOB ALLAN JOiNS RAFTERSin February, the series return of the hit show Packed to the Rafters

    saw WAAPA-trained Jacob Allan made his debut playing Dave Rafters long-lost brother Matt.

    Before joining Rafters, Allan appeared as Charles Chugga McKinnon in several episodes of Winners & Losers, which was the brainchild of Rafters creator Bevan Lee. He has also had television roles in All Saints and The Secret Life of Us and worked in theatre in Melbourne and Sydney.

    Allan, who has been filming Rafters for six months, was warmly embraced by the cast and crew.

    They were so welcoming. it was really amazing. For a show thats been running for the time it has, they are as energised and excited as when they first started...its very reassuring, he said.

    in September, during a Rafters filming break, Allan will return home to star in Black Swan State Theatre Companys production of Boy Gets Girl.

    WAAPA graduate Matthew Lutton, currently Associate Artist (Directing) at Malthouse Theatre, was in Perth in February to direct the first-ever WA performances of Richard Strausss opera Elektra at His Majestys Theatre.

    A co-production between West Australian Opera, Opera Australia, Thinice and Perth international Arts Festival, Elektra was conducted by Richard Mills and starred internationally renowned Danish soprano Eva Johansson in the title role.

    The reviews were unanimous in their praise, describing it as superb (The West Australian) and spectacular(Australian Stage). ilario Colli in

    Limelight called it a 100-minute tour de force, writing that Director Matthew Lutton brings the operas musical and textual substance to life with intellectual and artistic sure-footedness.

    Among the cast were WAAPA graduates Ryan Sharp (Old Servant), Bernadette Lucarnus (First Maid), Fiona Campbell (Third Maid), Harriet Marshall (Fourth Maid) and Jennifer Barrington (Fifth Maid).

    Lucarnus and Marshall are both 2012 WA Opera Young Artists, along with fellow WAAPA graduates Caitlin Cassidy, Sarah Guilmartin and David Costello. Cassidy was also recently awarded the prestigious Bendat Scholarship of $5,000.

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    Matthew Lutton in rehearsal for Elektra (2012)

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    Scarlett Stevens might be a 2nd Year Arts Management student at WAAPA but its her moonlighting job as drummer with Fremantle indi-pop band San Cisco thats got everyone talking.

    On January 26, San Ciscos infectious track Awkward was voted No. 7 on triple js Hottest 100 countdown.

    i was stoked, says Stevens, who has been playing in bands since she was 12. i was also pretty shocked because i always listen to the Hottest 100 on Australia Day every year and to be in the Top 10 was really exciting.

    Yet even in her excitement, Stevens understanding of good marketing kicks in. The song only came out in November so from an arts management perspective, it probably had a lot to do with timing. it was fresh in peoples minds, i think that helped us with the votes. But then i also think that people just connected with the song.

    Formed in 2009 as King George, San Cisco consists of Jordi Davieson (guitar, lead vocals), Josh Biondillo (guitar, vocals), Nick Gardner

    (bass), and Stevens (drums, vocals). in November 2011, the band was signed by Albert Productions.

    i guess the band is my first priority but i also want to have a degree behind me, says Stevens. im very passionate about music and the music industry so id like to stay within that field of work but maybe from a managerial or administrative point of view.

    Stevens doesnt have to look far for advice. San Cisco is managed by Philip Stevens, Scarletts father, who has managed artists and bands for the last 15 years and currently manages The Waifs and The John Butler Trio.

    Hes a great role model for me...i dont know if i want to manage bands but theres a lot of different work within the music industry thats really cool.

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    San Cisco (from left): Scarlett, Nick, Jordi and Josh

    AWKWARD HiT FOR ARTS MANAGEMENT STUDENT

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    Actor, comedian and composer Eddie Perfect was announced the winner of the $50,000 individual award in the 2011 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards on February 20 at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.

    The WAAPA Music Theatre graduate is no stranger to awards. Last year he took out the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer for his show Misanthropology. in 2009, his musical comedy Shane Warne: The Musical won the Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work, the Victorian Premiers Literary Award and the Green Room Award.

    Perfect was voted number one in the field of Arts and Entertainment by the Bulletin Magazine for

    its Smart 100 awards in 2004. Drink Pepsi Bitch won the Best Cabaret award at the 2006 Adelaide Fringe Festival and in 2008 he received a Green Room Award for his portrayal of Alexander Downer in Keating! The Musical.

    Perfect also has a string of television credits to his name, including his recent turn as Mick Holland in Channel Tens drama series, Offspring, and has starred in numerous stage shows.

    However for Perfect, winning the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award is different. Although he has been writing since 2002, he has never been paid to do it it has always been funded out of his own pocket. So this prize money, which is for use at the winners discretion, is

    a blessing particularly as he and his wife recently welcomed their second daughter into their family.

    As a lowly artist providing for the family and starting a new project i wasnt sure if i had the time and money to do it. This money will allow me to do what i do best, which is making middle-class people feel uncomfortable, said Perfect.

    Perfect currently has three projects on the boil, two musicals and a play. The first is a very black and dark musical comedy about a chapter of Australian history; the second is a musical for children based on a book; and the play is a satire about a group of tree-changers, loosely based on me and my wife.

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    Eddie Perfect - Photo by Neil Bennett

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    creAtIng connectIonS: WAAPA AnD tHe WeSt AuStrALIAn BALLet

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    Throughout the world, it is a common phenomenon that a ballet school is closely associated with a professional ballet company in the same city. Londons Royal Ballet School is the associate school of the internationally renowned Royal Ballet, Canadas National Ballet School is the feeder school for the National Ballet of Canada and here in Australia, our national Ballet School has close connections with The Australian Ballet Company.

    So it seems natural in a city as isolated as Perth that a similar relationship should develop between WAAPAs Classical Dance program and the West Australian Ballet.

    This has been facilitated in no small part by ivan Cavallaris appointment as Artistic Director of the West Australian Ballet in 2007, and Kim McCarthy previously a Senior Artist