THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! 

To Crispin and the entire WAAPA staff.

To all the members, new and veteran, who made the trip.

Welcome to the AustralAsian Conference Blog!

I'm your host, Vice President for Conferences, Jonathan Flom. Check out this page daily for updates on the conference, including photos and video. If you can't be here in person, at least you can follow us and keep up with the excitement of this unprecedented event.

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DAY 5 (THE FINAL FRONTIER!) -- TUESDAY 22, JUNE

What a refreshing and exciting way to being this brisk day...an international contingency of students all together participating in acting warm-ups (warm being the operative word, as it was quite brisk on this winter morning in Perth!)

Warmup 1

Warm Up 2

Tony Knight led our first workshop of the day with a nice variety of acting exercises:

Tony Knight 1  Tony Knight 2

And here's the video compilation from the final day...

DAY 4 -- MONDAY 21, JUNE

A great morning wake-up for the group with the Musical Director of Wicked Australia, David Young.

David Young

Followed by a Master Class by Mr. SAVI Himself, Charles Gilbert.

Charlie Gilbert

The remarkable Mary King schooled the heck out of a few of our international young singers...

Mary King 1  Mary King 2

And we were treated to some scenes from a FANTASTIC new Australian musical, A Touch of Chaos by Peter Rutherford and James Millar.

Touch of Chaos

And for those of you who really need to see it and hear it...here's a video to help you "come to your senses." (See what I did there, Charlie?)

DAY 3 -- SUNDAY, 20 JUNE

Nothing like a huge morning dance call. Thanks to the fabulous Lisa O'Dea for getting this gang going at 9am on a Sunday! Lisa slapped down some choreo from Oliver!Crazy For YouLegally Blonde, and We Will Rock You!!!

Lisa O'Dea

Dance Masterclass 1

Dance Masterclass 2

We followed up Lisa's workshop with another 2 hours of dance, led by the dynamic and energetic Matt Lee. Matt taught two combinations--one from In the Heights and a second from Bring it On. Check out the video (posting later tonight) to see some clips of both dance masterclasses.

Matt Lee Workshop

Matt Lee Class

 

And here are some pix from tonight's wonderful, groundbreaking Student Night at the Ellington...

Ellington 1  Elllington 2  Ellington 3

Ellington 4  Ellington 5

Today's Video...

DAY 2 -- SATURDAY, 19 JUNE

First Conference Sessions

We began the day with a traditional Welcome to Country by an Aboriginal Australian performance group.

Aboriginal Welcome 1          Aboriginal Welcome 2

Crispins Welcome 

WAPPA's Crispin Taylor welcomes the delegates to MTEA's AustralAsian Overtures conference.

Our first official session is Keynote Speaker, BEN ELTON. He's talked politics, stand-up comedy, his influences and his collaborators. A very entertaining and engaging guest. A fantastic start to our week together.

Ben Elton

DAY 1 -- FRIDAY, 18 JUNE

Check-in and Welcome Reception

 Aussies and Muricans

David (WAAPA), Megan (BYU), Tess (Shenandoah), and Preston (BYU)--with Tom photo-bombing in the back.  One of the highlights of opening night was the meeting of students from opposite sides of the world.

Welcome ReceptionGayle Lockwood from BYU is welcomed Down Under.

More Check-inThe Mighty WAAPA students ready for hosting action!