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WAAPA graduates shine at Helpmann Awards

Monday, 13 September 2010

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WAAPA graduates took the 2010 Helpmann Awards by storm, taking out five of the 42 categories at this year’s event.  

Held on Monday, 6 September, the Helpmann Awards are an annual event that recognises artistic achievements and excellence in Australia's vibrant live performance sector, with categories including musical theatre, contemporary music, opera, classical music, theatre and dance.  

Acting graduate, Mr Ewen Leslie took out the coverted Best Male Actor in a Play award for his dazzling portrayal of the title character in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Richard III.

Musical theatre graduate, Ms Christina O’Neill was awarded Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her work on the hilarious musical comedy Avenue Q, produced by Arts Asia Pacific and Power Arts.

The Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production went to dance graduate, Mr Richard Cilli for his performance in We Unfold with the Sydney Dance Company, where he is a company member along with five other WAAPA graduates.

Best Presentation for Children went to Sonya Harnetts Thursday’s Child produced by acting graduates Ms Sandie Eldridge and Mr Tim McGarry, artistic directors at Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People.

Ms Emma Matthews, who graduated in 1992 in classical voice, was awarded Best Female Performer in an Opera for her role in Opera Australia’s production of La Sonnambula.

WAAPA Director, Professor Julie Warn, is thrilled that WAAPA graduates have been recognised on the national stage.

“The reputation of WAAPA rests largely on the success of its graduates, hence it is wonderful to see so many of our WAAPA alumni acknowledged for their fine artistic performances at a national level, and I warmly congratulate each of them on receiving a prestigious Helpmann Award.”

For more information and a full list of winners, visit the Helpmann Awards website.

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