The LLICFF awards ceremony will be online for all to watch on Sunday 24th October.

Note: LLICFF sessions as advertised at the Cameo Cinema in Belgrave will go ahead on November 20th.

Here are the links to stream the LLICFF Online Awards Presentation plus the trailer!











Drama Ensemble, Filmmaking Collective, and DRAMA, DANCE and FILM MAKING classes will go ahead as soon as we are able to - pending restrictions.

We look forward to seeing RAPA students back on the creative boardwalk, and to the excitement of the works they will create.




Dear families:

RAPA will be postponing all classes in response to the COVID-19 situation as follows:


All filmmaking classes at the Belgrave library and Tin Shed are suspended for the rest of this term..

There are currently three very exciting and well developed screenplays by the students ready to go into production. Schedules are in place for those shoots. As the dates for those productions come closer we will consult with parents of the cast and crew of each film to determine together whether the shoots go ahead or are postponed.

Every film that has been conceived by the kids WILL GET MADE. If that means postponing the LLICFF festival itself then we shall do so. We may have to anyway. Please pass-on that information to your young filmmakers.


All drama classes at Tecoma Uniting Church hall are suspended for the rest of this term. Part of this decision is out of respect for the fact that there are many elderly people that use the same facility.

There are several one-act plays that have been developed within the ensemble group and we shall return to those asap. Some drama students are still writing and we welcome their contact with us via email for feedback on their plays.

The amazing Aardvarks have grown into a very exciting group of young performers and we were nearly ready to announce their 2020 production, that might now have to wait until we can all be together.

Cirque du Soleil

Doubly disappointing is that we were also planning a RAPA excursion for all our drama students to the Kurios show, with an extra special discount on tickets and backstage access. Oh well…we have been told that the company is looking at shows in Melbourne at the end of the year… we shall see.


The RAPA/LLICFF Film In Schools program has been suspended until next term. The Lantern & Light International Children’s Film Festival will possibly be postponed until late September if the COVID-19 situation cancels the LLICFF going ahead on June 19/20/21. Or if festival director Rainsford Towner decides that our regional filmmakers, both within RAPA and all the 12 local schools need extra time. We thank our major sponsors: Bendigo Bank/Cameo Cinemas/Yarra Ranges Council, JOBY and O'sullivan & Ruffilli for their support.


Our attitude to the COVID - 19 situation is that we feel it’s important for the mental welfare of kids to instil a sense of faith and optimism in them with a positive response toward things returning to normal at some time in the future. RAPA’S programs inspire students with creative hope.

Having said that we also believe there should be more determination from our leaders to inhibit the virus spread now rather than waiting for more cases. We would rather side with caution than see what has happened in Italy.

It will be our motivation to ensure that no student is disadvantaged by the inevitable disruptions coming.

With warmest regards,

RAPA board

Rainsford & Mary









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"


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.