Posted on 27 August 2018
On Monday 27 August, the Drama Department presented a special Live Theatre Masterclassfor OC secondary students.
The special guest for this Masterclass was Australian theatre performer, Mat Verevis.
Mat is a signed artist to Universal Music. He is also a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He has worked extensively in theatre across Australia including playing the role of Aladdin in Sydney. In 2014, Mat was a Top 4 finalist in “The Voice Australia” presented by Channel 9. Mat is currently starring in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” as songwriter Barry Mann, now playing at Queensland Performing Arts Centre at South Bank. Earlier this year, Mat won a Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor In A Musical for his role in “Beautiful”.
Throughout the Masterclass, a motivated group of students each presented a performance item to both Mat and a supportive audience of family and friends.
After performing their act, Mat provided not only some verbal feedback but also workshopped and guided each performer with strategies to strengthen their performance. As Mat mentioned at the end of the Masterclass, the College has many stars in the making! Mat also participated in a Q&A about the Australian theatre industry and performed “Proud of Your Boy” from Broadway’s Aladdin.
There was a strong sense of focus, discipline and dedication amongst our performers as they absorbed feedback from an industry professional. There was also a wonderful generosity of spirit throughout the Lingo Lin. It was a very successful afternoon celebrating the craft of live theatre.
Secondary Drama Teacher