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Bright sparks in the heart of Busselton

ECU has partnered with the City of Busselton to deliver some incredible opportunities for budding musicians and performers in the South West over the coming months.

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Regional Futures) and Vice-President at ECU Professor Cobie Rudd said that the WAAPA Live – Busselton 2024 initiative was a priority for the Region ahead of the opening this year of the new Saltwater Busselton state-of-the-art performing arts and convention centre to be located in Busselton's commercial, cultural and foreshore precinct.

"ECU South West and WAAPA are the perfect partners to create community engagement opportunities that extend our educational and training experiences for the gifted and talented kids in the Region, of which there are many," said Professor Rudd.

"This exciting new partnership will bring free workshops in song-writing, physical and music theatre, acting, voice, and movement to our Region's budding stars."

Teachers and parents of gifted performers are being advised not to miss out on what is an incredible opportunity for talented young musicians, actors, dancers and triple-threat performers to gain new skills and insights from WAAPA's acclaimed teaching staff.

There will be limited spots available, so people are being asked to register now through Try Bookings for the free workshops.

WAAPA Live – Busselton 2024 will also bring a free concert to town for all music lovers.

"The 'Flying Solo' free WAAPA Concert on Saturday, April 27th is a great opportunity for the whole family to experience the magic of live music in the heart of Busselton," said Professor Rudd.

"Fresh of a national tour with Eskimo Joe, Music Director, Timothy Nelson, will lead WAAPA's talented emerging artists through an electrifying concert of originals and cover versions of some of favourite songs, quite a treat for the area."

Details of the free activities are detailed below – let friends and family in the Region know!

Flying Solo – Free WAAPA Concert

Saturday, April 27th, 6.30pm
Undalup Room, 2 Southern Drive, Busselton

Calling all music lovers - get ready to groove, sway, and dance the night away at the most electrifying FREE concert in Busselton featuring the stars of tomorrow, this is an event you simply can't afford to miss! Fresh of a national tour with Eskimo Joe, Music Director, Timothy Nelson, will lead WAAPA's talented emerging artists through a concert of originals and cover versions of some of your favourite songs. Bring the whole family and experience the magic of live music in the heart of Busselton.

Get your free tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/CQZJG

Free - WAAPA Song-writing Workshop

Sunday, April 28th, 10.30am – 11.30am
Undalup Room, 2 Southern Drive, Busselton

Calling all aspiring, high school aged musicians! Are you ready to dive into the magical world of songwriting? Join us for an electrifying community workshop where creativity knows no bounds! Let your imagination soar as melodies mingle and lyrics come to life in our collaborative space. Whether you're a die-hard Taylor Swift fan, swooning over Harry Styles, or vibing classics from Bob Dylan and The Beatles, this is your chance to shine! Dive deep into group brainstorming sessions, receive invaluable feedback, and unlock new techniques to craft your next musical masterpiece. Bring your instrument if you'd like, but it's not compulsory. Just bring your passion, your creativity, and get ready to rock! Proudly supported by the City of Busselton.

Register now: https://www.trybooking.com/CQZJN

WAAPA Physical Theatre Workshop - Free

Saturday, May 25th, 10am – 4pm
High Street Hall, 47 Bussell Highway, Busselton

Calling all performing arts educators and senior students in Busselton and the South West! Let your child shine with WAAPA's acclaimed teaching staff! Dive into the world of physical theatre—a dynamic form of expression using the body to tell captivating stories. Learn from the techniques of acclaimed practitioners like Rudolf Laban and Anne Bogart. Perfect for drama, music theatre, dance, and acting students looking to elevate their craft. Plus, it's a great opportunity for high school teachers, actors, directors, and writers! Don't miss out! Proudly supported by the City of Busselton. #PerformingArts #PhysicalTheatre #WAAPA #Busselton #SouthWest

Get your free tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/CRCWA

children grouped closely holding long wooden sticks WAAPA workshop teaching children physical theatre

WAAPA Music Theatre Workshop - Free

Sunday, June 2nd, 10am – 4pm
High Street Hall, 47 Bussell Highway, Busselton

Ready to take your Music Theatre skills to the next level? Join WAAPA staff and master the art of song and dance storytelling! ­čîčThis workshop focuses on honing your singing and dancing abilities for confident performances in Music Theatre productions. Dive into an inclusive environment where you'll have a blast exploring the foundations of musical theatre. Suitable for ages 15 and up. Sponsored by the City of Busselton. Don't miss out! #MusicTheatre #SongAndDance #WAAPA #Busselton #PerformingArts

Get your free tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/CRABT

WAAPA Acting Workshop Voice, Movement and Text - Free

Sunday, June 2nd, 10am – 4pm
Churchill Park Hall, 85 Adelaide St, Busselton

Dive into the actor's world with our immersive workshop! Experience firsthand the techniques actors use to bring characters to life on stage. From vocal warm-ups to improvisation, explore how the body, voice, and imagination intertwine in performance. Perfect for aspiring actors aged 15 and up, this workshop provides hands-on training in connecting with your instrument and expressing ideas through text and movement. Proudly supported by the City of Busselton. Don't miss this chance to unleash your acting potential! #ActingWorkshop #ExpressivePerformance #WAAPA #Busselton

Get your free tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/CRCVL


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