Whether you explore theatre in English class or Drama in school, how it is taught to you can make a big different on whether you enjoy or dislike a particular production. In my case, classics such as Romeo and Juliet, The Crucible and MacBeth were all taught to me pretty much out of a textbook. In all honesty, they were three school terms of high school English I almost slept through, despite the interesting stories each tale told.
While there are a number of limiting factors such as which productions are on and how to go about moving a whole school grade to the performance venue, shows have been made more accessible to students through special price points for school groups and those under 30 years of age, among other things. But it seems like QPAC are planning to go one step better later this year…
Although not an initiative they have confirmed will be extended past the one show, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) have recently announced “The Student Movement” Initiative. This is aimed at ensuring students from across Australia have access to the “world class performance” of Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White, being performed in the Lyric Theatre this September.
QPAC will open up an entire performance (Consisting of over 1,700 seats) in the Lyric Theatre for students from anywhere in Australia to see the show on Wednesday 7th September 2016 as a large educational gathering. The best bit is… tickets will cost only $18 per ticket. Tertiary and senior secondary students of dance, theatre, music, design, fashion and the arts in particular are being encouraged to take up this exclusive opportunity.
It is an interesting initiative, and should it succeed, it would be nice to see the initiative extended past this one show. Tickets to The Student Movement performance of Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White will go on sale starting May 31st 2016.
Kate Jones | Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events
By dedicating one whole performance exclusively to students and offering a lower price, QPAC is helping to inspire a new generation of arts lovers. Welcoming the world-renowned Ballet Preljocaj will further Queensland’s reputation as a premier destination for arts and cultural events.
The Student Movement initiative means students will have an incredible opportunity to experience a truly world-class ballet performance right here in Brisbane. I thank QPAC for making this wonderful production accessible for students from around Queensland and hope everyone enjoys the show.
John Kotzas | Chief Executive of QPAC
We are passionate about providing students, many of whom will become our performing arts stars and industry leaders, an opportunity to experience some of the most amazing artists working in the world today and the International Series is a chance for us to do this.
Price is often a distinct barrier for students in attending performance, particularly major seasons like this one. With The Student Movement we’re removing that barrier and hoping students who are passionate about the performing arts will travel to Brisbane and enjoy and engage in this spectacular work up close.
For more information on Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White, click HERE.