Fri, September 21, 2018

Thirty-nine Sheldon College students will jet-set off on a 10-day USA performance tour this September, which will include visits to top Arts schools and Disneyland, and participation in workshops and industry events.

Sheldon College students will take centre stage at Walt Disney’s famous playground, perform with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and visit schools such as Elmhurst College and Idyllwild Arts Academy for cultural immersion experiences.

Sheldon College CEO and Principal, Dr Lyn Bishop, said the 10 day ‘2018 USA Arts Tour’ supports the College’s thriving Performing Arts curriculum and builds on the College’s own Australian School of the Arts preeminent reputation. 

“This opportunity of a lifetime will give our Australian School of the Arts students the opportunity to perform publicly and demonstrate their knowledge and skills on a global platform,” she said. 

“We are ensuring the experiences they learn along the journey such as performing in a Hamilton Musical Theatre workshop and visiting destinations such as Idyllwild Arts Academy and Giordano Dance Company will add to their artistic repertoire and help shape the next generation of intelligent leaders.”

Darren Harvey, Director of the Australian School of the Arts, states that “Arts Programs are the drivers of cultural change and what the students learn could potentially set them up for the rest of their lives.”

“This will have a flow-on effect of inspiring younger generations of aspirational and talented students to stay involved in the Arts and to see where a career in the Arts can lead to.”

The Arts Tour will commence immediately following the College’s Annual Arts Academy Awards event on Saturday 22 September.  This is the College’s premier Arts event of the year, showcasing Sheldon College stage-ready students in an entertainment extravaganza of Visual Art, Media, Music, Song, Dance and Acting.

Approximately 800 people will attend the red carpet gala evening held at the Sheldon Event Centre. 

The black tie ensembles worn on the night by staff presenters have been made by the team in the Australian School of the Arts Fashion and Costume Design Course.

Sheldon College Arts students are going on to do amazing things, such as graduate Manali Datar, who will join a star-studded cast of 42 performers in the Australian production of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ in Melbourne this January.