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is head­ing to Koor­liny Arts Cen­tre next month. The iconic mu­si­cal fea­tures an awe­some com­bi­na­tion of singing and danc­ing.

Pre­sented by Laugh­ing Horse Pro­duc­tions and di­rected by Baldivis res­i­dent Cat Rip­pon,

fol­lows the highs and lows of stu­dents at New York City’s il­lus­tri­ous High School for the Per­form­ing Arts.

It fol­lows their strug­gles, tri­umphs and re­la­tion­ships as they ex­plore am­bi­tion, fame, and self-con­fi­dence, Fame – The Mu­si­cal Koor­liny Arts Cen­tre, Sul­phur Road, Kwinana Plays at 8pm June 15, 16, 22 and 23 with 2pm mati­nees June 16 and 23. Tick­ets are $25, $23 con­ces­sion and $18 chil­dren. Book at www.koor­liny.com.au or on 9467 7118. find­ing them­selves both within the school and in life, from their first year to grad­u­a­tion.

Rip­pon said she was a stu­dent at Lon­don’s Royal Academy of Dra­matic Art many years ago and now had a pas­sion to di­rect tal­ented kids. seemed a real jour­ney to de­pict,” she said.

“It also has the re­al­ity of the wrong temp­ta­tions out there for kids in the arts – or any­one, re­ally – which needed to be shown against the fun and fri­vol­i­ties of the show.

“The show wasn’t dif­fi­cult to cast at all and the tal­ent was there from the start.

“All the kids are go­ing through their own life jour­neys and the dif­fi­culty is sep­a­rat­ing their re­al­ity from their char­ac­ters.

“But it makes it real – the cast were cer­tainly in­vested in cre­at­ing their char­ac­ters, which brings the show to life.”

First per­form­ing as a seven-year-old, Rip­pon acted pro­fes­sion­ally in the UK and has ap­peared in a plethora of pro­duc­tions over the years with some of her favourite lo­cal ap­pear­ances at the Man­durah Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre and with and

She also started 9 Lives The­atri­cal Pro­duc­tion Com­pany in 2007, af­ter directing for three years, to give chil­dren stage op­por­tu­ni­ties – but closed it down last year due to work com­mit­ments.

She also teaches mu­si­cal theatre at the All About Dance Com­pany once a week. “I think a lot of peo­ple in the arts iden­tify with the

movie be­cause it was the first of its kind at the time,” Rip­pon said.


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