Fat is the Word – Con musical theater students jump on the Lyric stage

The musical theater students of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) graduated directly from the lyric stage at the Queensland Performing Arts Center (QPAC) in a special presentation by Grease from November 10 to 13, 2021.

APQ CEO John Kotzas said:

The Center had the pleasure of supporting the talented students of QCGU’s prestigious musical theater program by providing them with a unique opportunity to perform on the opera stage.

Mr Kotzas said:

We are committed to nurturing and showcasing the rich artistic talent we have here in Queensland. We have long partnered with QCGU to provide performance opportunities for The Con (Conservatorium) students 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 renowned international and local artists. .

Going onto the stage of the APQ’s largest theater will be an incredible experience for the nearly 70 students.

It is very rare that we have availability in the schedule of our biggest theater to allow us to give these future stars the chance to shine on the big stage and therefore this opportunity is truly a silver lining among the cloud of COVID.

Mr Kotzas said:

QCGU graduates in musical theater are highly regarded in the industry nationwide. We have seen many recent graduates land professional roles in major productions and I encourage the audience to support and appreciate this new take on Rydell High’s Enduring History Class of 59.

Griffith University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evan said it was a historic opportunity for students to perform at the state’s largest theater, the Lyric Theater in QPAC.

Griffith University is proud to partner with the Queensland Performing Arts Center to present this exciting new production of Grease.

This is an opportunity for the audience to see the next generation of musical theater stars in the state’s premier performing arts venue.

Professor Evans said:

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

Our program is focused on industry engagement, and it is essential that our students build their professional networks and gain exposure to the industry during their studies.

Our long-standing association with QPAC has provided unique opportunities for our students.

Former Queensland Conservatorium student Shubshri Kandiah was discovered during a partnership program with QPAC and then made her professional debut at Disney’s Aladdin’s Lyric Theater.

Our young cast is excited to bring this modern revival of Grease to the lyrical scene in November.

The first season at QCGU earlier this year was a success, with a reimagined production breathing new life into the series.

Theater 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.

Theatergoers can expect everything they love about Grease and more, with a few unique changes bringing it a lot in 2021.

She said:

The dual-cast production involves our entire musical theater cohort accompanied by talented musicians from the Queensland Conservatorium. It’s more than just a show. It offers students the opportunity to develop and hone techniques during several performances essential to their growth as performers.

Grease is the classic story of Danny, Sandy, the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies as they go through the trials and tribulations of teenage life, love, and leather jackets. Set to one of the most enduring and electrifying soundtracks in theater history, these shows promise to be a great rock’n’roll moment for fans of music of all flavors.

Featuring the track from the original Broadway musical and all your favorite songs including You’re the One That I Want, Grease Is the Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You and Greased Lightnin ‘, this is the opportunity to experience Queensland Musical theater students at the Conservatorium bring their energy and passion to this electrifying musical classic.

Be sure to take a trip down memory lane with Rydell High’s Class of 59 for the iconic musical Grease, presented by QPAC and performed by musical theater students at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University for just six shows.


Season details

Location: Lyric Theater
Date: November 10 to 13, 2021

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