In the world of performing arts education, the impact of passionate mentors cannot be overstated.
Ana Mitsikas and Martin Lane, the driving forces behind Stage Left, embody this truth with over three decades of expertise as professional actors, singers, musicians, and educators.
Their extensive experience in renowned productions like Les Miserables, The Sound of Music, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, across Australia, the UK, and the USA, forms the bedrock of Stage Left’s ethos.
The genesis of Stage Left arose from Mitsikas and Lane’s unfulfilled childhood yearnings for a school that nurtured creative aspirations.
Their vision materialised as a haven for budding talents, crafting programs they themselves wished existed during their formative years.
At the heart of Stage Left’s curriculum lies inclusivity. There are no auditions; all enthusiasts are welcomed.
Collaboration thrives as students unite to cultivate skills, creativity, and stagecraft through diverse programs.
Stage Left’s commitment to providing a comprehensive performing arts experience is evident through its diverse programs.
The annual fully staged musicals, featuring iconic productions like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid, stand as highlights.
These productions not only showcase the students’ talents but also offer them a chance to immerse themselves in the grandeur of musical theatre.
Additionally, Stage Left’s private singing classes, led by seasoned music theatre professionals, offer a structured pathway for students to pursue their musical ambitions.
With opportunities to undertake AMEB Musical Theatre exams, participate in school musicals, audition for tertiary courses, and even step onto professional theatre stages, these classes serve as a springboard for aspiring performers to hone their craft and pursue their dreams in the realm of musical theatre.
The ripple effect of Stage Left’s mentorship resonates in the success stories of its alumni.
From gracing screens in Lord of the Rings to originating pivotal roles in Muriel’s Wedding – the Musical, its students have blossomed into industry trailblazers.
Yet, Stage Left’s impact extends beyond accolades, fostering enduring friendships, instilling joy in performance arts, and nurturing unwavering confidence.
Beyond shaping individual careers, Stage Left aspires to ignite a lifelong ardor for performing arts.
Its mission lies in sowing seeds for a future generation of theatre enthusiasts.
It’s not just about creating performers; it’s about fostering a culture of love and appreciation for the arts, thereby helping young people performing better in life, not just on the stage.