Musical Theatre students from Griffith University will perform on the main stage at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), thanks to an epic partnership deal with the state’s premier arts venue.

The hit production of Grease, which ran at the Conservatorium Theatre earlier this year, will transfer to the Lyric Theatre for an exclusive season in November. This marks the first time a production from the Queensland Conservatorium has been part of QPAC’s lineup.

Vice Chancellor Professor Carolyn Evans

Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans said it was an historic opportunity for students to perform in Queensland’s largest theatre.

“Griffith University is proud to partner with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre to present this exciting new production of Grease,” Professor Evans said.

“The partnership with QPAC will provide vital industry experience for students.

“This is much more than just putting on a show. This season at QPAC provides students with an opportunity to develop and hone techniques over several performances that are essential for their growth as performers.

“At Griffith University, our world-class performing arts programs are training the next generation of musicians, actors and performers – using the arts to transform lives and create a better future for all.

“Our creative arts programs have a focus on industry engagement, and it is vital that our students build their professional networks and gain exposure to the industry while they study.”

The modern-day revival of Grease wowed audiences at the Queensland Conservatorium last month, featuring a double-cast production involving the entire musical theatre cohort, accompanied by talented musicians from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU).

While the show features all the familiar tunes and memorable moves, audiences can expect a couple of twists in this re-imagined production.

“Theatre has the power to transform, transport and inspire and this production encourages audiences to consider the challenges facing our society, from gender equity to social justice,” Professor Evans said.

QPAC CEO John Kotzas

QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said the Centre was pleased to support the talented students from QCGU’s renowned Bachelor of Musical Theatre.

“We are committed to fostering and showcasing the rich artistic talent we have here in Queensland,” Mr Kotzas said.

“We’ve long partnered with QCGU to provide performance opportunities for students from The Con at QPAC’s popular Green Jam sessions, our annual Spirit of Christmas concerts and our The Sky’s the Limit professional development programs led by high profile visiting international and local artists.

“Taking to the stage of QPAC’s largest theatre will be an incredible experience for close to 70 students.

“It is very rare that we’d have availability in our largest theatre’s schedule to enable us to give these future stars the chance to shine on the big stage, so this opportunity really is a silver lining amid COVID.

“The QCGU Musical Theatre graduates are highly regarded within the industry nationwide. We have seen many young graduates go on to secure professional roles in major productions and I encourage audiences to support and enjoy this fresh take on Rydell High’s class of ‘59’s enduring story.”

Grease will run from 10 — 13 November at QPAC. Tickets are available at Qtix.

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