RAPA NEWS

 

2020 ENROLLMENTS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

 

 

 

2019 productions

The anticipation rises as RAPA drama students build their 2019 shows. It's going to be a FUN experience to see the talent take to the stage.
TICKETS ARE NOW available through TRYBOOKING. The link is here.
 

ALL RAPA DRAMA students are FREE for all shows. WE ARE ENCOURAGING each group to watch the others work, and we particularly encourage the Gretchen & Grudge cast and the Back to the Gameshow cast to watch the Rapa ensemble in Addams in-Family Fued on either Friday or Saturday nights at 8pm.

 
NOTE: the Addams in-Family Feud is spread across three venues in Emerald, it will mean that the audiences will be stepping out into the night to walk from venue to venue. No venue is more than a five-minute walk from the GEMCO Theatre. However, if you have elderly people coming, or with limited mobility, please let the box office know on the night so that we can wait for their arrival on the Addams tour.
 
NOTE 2: Gretchen & the Grudge PLUS Back to the Gameshow have now just the one performance on Saturday 23rd Nov @ 4PM.
 
CALL TIMES:
 
GRETCHEN & THE GRUDGE: 1PM Saturday 23rd GEMCO THEATRE - STAGE REHEARSAL   (for a 4PM show)
bring nibblies. THIS IS THE ONLY STAGE (TOP & TAIL) REHEARSAL and is therefore very important please be on time, also please ensure your child is signed in when you drop off, in the foyer.
 
BACK TO THE GAMESHOW: 2.30PM Saturday 23rd GEMCO THEATRE - (for a 4PM show)
REHEARSAL CHANGE - Instead of the rehearsal scheduled for Thursday 21st @ 6PM, the GAMESHOW cast will rehearse on FRIDAY 22nd from 4pm - 5.30pm on the Gemco Stage - Emerald. THIS IS THE ONLY STAGE (TOP & TAIL) REHEARSAL and is therefore very important please be on time, also please ensure your child is signed in when you drop off, in the foyer.
 
ADDAMS in-FAMILY FEUD
FRIDAY 22nd -  4PM @ GEMCO THEATRE.
SATURDAY 23rd - 6.30 PM  GEMCO THEATRE
PLEASE remember CASTS extra rehearsal on Thursday 21st @ 6 PM - 8 PM at EMERALD

 

 

 

LANTERN & LIGHT INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL -

BELGRAVE CAMEO CINEMAS JUNE 20th - 23rd 2019

A RAPA INITIATIVE

 

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RAPA DRAMA ROCKS

2018 PRODUCTION NEWS:

 

 

RAPA'S 2018 STAGE & SCREEN event will be held at Burrinja Cultural Centre, main stage on Sunday November 25th.

It will include two amazing shows:

Drama group 1 : THE LAST DRAGON'S CHAIR a world premier performance of this new work.

Drama group 2 : ALICE IN STEAMPUNK LAND  ( a distorted mix of Louis Carol's 'Alice in Wonderland' & Franz Kafka's 'Metamorphosis' )

DRAMA Excursion

Last year it was an amazing excursion to Her Majesties Theatre over the holidays for RAPA drama kids. They were given an exclusive tour of the backstage areas of Her Majesties Theatre where Disney's 'Alladin' was playing. They saw how the magic carpet operated and the massive sets, costumes, dressing rooms and even the technical complexities of the theatre. The drama kids were totally absorbed and amazing. Special thanks to Matthew Peckham, technical manager of Her Majesties for inviting RAPA.   We are working on our 2018 excursion, stay tuned.

ACTING FOR STAGE AND SCREEN - on camera & on stage

An exciting 2 DAY workshop  'Acting for stage and screen' for ages 13-18 facilitated by RAPA Executive Director: Rainsford Towner.This workshop series will cover aspects of filmmaking and television production; developing on-camera acting skills as well as on-stage performance.

Email us for enquiries. LIMITED PLACES

 

RAPA VIMEO Channel for our young filmmakers.

Here are the links to the first films created by RAPA young filmmakers, each film was conceived and created by our youngest filmmakers. We are excited and very proud of their achievement. The films unified their creative voice as well as giving them practical experience and the confidence and trust to realise their vision.

"The Four Dreams"

https://vimeo.com/196261288

When RAPA kicked off in Term 3 of 2016 as a not for profit organisation with a particular creative vision for The Hills youth,  it was with a question that whilst we might have a specific vision for engaging youth in ways that embrace their authentic creative voice, will parents be interested in sharing that vision?

The answer has been YES. And we are so thankful that so many parents have taken the trouble to encourage and motivate us with their feedback and enthusiasm. 

 

 

Open letter from Founder: 2016

Welcome, you are reading the first ever posting of a news item on RAPA's developing website.

I say developing  because this current website design is a temporary (basic) one whilst we work on gaining the resources to develop a fully functional

contemporary website with Video Channels, download and upload functions, fully exploratory calendar of events, payment gateway etc.

It's an exciting time for kids in The Hills, we have started RAPA out of a pure need to establish a broad spectrum Academy

of the Arts for kids in The Hills and Yarra Valley region of Melbourne.

This year 2016 is really a build up year, preparing RAPA for a full program of activities for 2017.

AS we grow and develop the search for a permanent RAPA home will gain greater momentum, and we are pleased that a lot of

encouragement and support has been forthcoming from parents, schools and the wider community, and in particular I would like

to thank Cr Mike Clarke for his enthusiasm and support of this intiative.

In 2017 look out for DANCE RAPA where students choreograph and perform their own pieces.

Look out for RAPA YOUTH THEATRE, developed to give students everything they need to realise their own work,

from acting to directing and technical development in lighting and sound.

Look out for TED-I SLAM where Slam Poetry meets Spoken Word meets Video-Slam.

Look out for our RAPA FILMMAKERS movies on the big screen.

And of course all our regular weekly classes.

If RAPA is to be successful it will need the on-going warmth and generous patience and support of everyone interested in seeing

our young people accessing all of the above and more. The dream is that the work the current Board of Directors is doing

will create the foundation for an Academy of the Arts for generations of kids to come.

RAPA: Ranges Academy of Performing Arts is here.

Warmest regards,

Rainsford Towner

Executive Director & President

Ranges Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) Inc.