WAAPA place for Keane
By NADINE FISHER
FOLLOWING his dream all the way to Western Australia is Tweed's Keane Fletcher who will take up a study position at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) this year.
Keane, who is well known for his musical-theatre performances and is currently in rehearsals for the Gold Coast Arts Centre summer school production of Footloose, is one of 18 students in Australia to be accepted into the Bachelor of Musical Theatre course.
"I was ecstatic when I got the call during rehearsals for Footloose - there were only two others in Queensland to get in," he said.
"It will mean I spend three years in Perth studying, which will be a big step toward a career on stage."
Keane, 19, said his mum had been very excited for him, but it would be his first time away from home.
"I was born in Tweed and have lived here all my life so this will be a big step," he said.
Keane will say farewell to the Tweed in February soon after the curtain falls on his lead role as Ren in the summer-school production of Footloose at the Gold Coast Arts Centre.
Footloose is a tale of teen rebellion, based on the 1984 cult movie classic, which follows the story of a big city kid, Ren, who moves with his mother to a small town where dancing is prohibited by law. Keane said he was loving the 80s music although the dancing had been a challenge.
"It's an upbeat show with a serious side, he said.
Footloose will be at the Gold Coast Arts Centre from January 27 to 30.