Teacher goes to School

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

LISA Adam has been told by her stu­dents she was type­cast for her latest role in Aus­tralian Per­form­ing Arts Net­work’s (APAN) Au­gust pro­duc­tion of High School Mu­si­cal.

The APAN head of act­ing will play firm but fair drama teacher Mrs Dar­bus, who is ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about theatre and her stu­dents.

She will be joined on stage in the show, based on the Dis­ney Chan­nel orig­i­nal movie, by fel­low WAAPA grad­u­ate John O’Hara with stu­dents from APAN Academy and mem­bers of APAN.

“All cast mem­bers had to go through ex­ten­sive au­di­tions to be in­volved in the show, so the cal­i­bre of tal­ent is very high,” Adam said.

“It’s an in­valu­able op­por­tu­nity and I hope the young cast ab­sorb ev­ery mo­ment of this pro­duc­tion for the won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence it will be.

“As for the au­di­ence, I hope they sim­ply have a great time. It’s a fan­tas­tic show for the whole fam­ily with great catchy mu­sic and won­der­ful pro­duc­tion num­bers.”

Adam grew up in Perth be­fore mov­ing to Syd­ney af­ter grad­u­at­ing from WAAPA.

Adam re­turned home in 2013 for her role in Jersey Boys as Mary Del­gado and be­gan teach­ing at APAN in early 2014.

“I have known Ma­rina Del Basso (APAN chief ex­ec­u­tive) since I was about 14 years old when I was a stu­dent at her danc­ing school Del Basso Dance Academy,” Adam said.

“We’ve kept in touch over the years and when she found out I was mov­ing back to Perth she called me and of­fered me the po­si­tion. I was keen to get back into teach­ing here.

“I was a teacher while study­ing at WAAPA and I love what APAN of­fers and all that Ma­rina does for the arts in Perth, so I jumped at the chance to be in­volved.”

Lisa Adam

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