Class of Cabaret 

Submissions for the 2021 Adelaide Cabaret Festival Class of Cabaret have now closed. 

Adelaide Festival Centre’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival and centrED invite you to nominate yourself or a talented performing arts student currently in Year 10 or 11 to participate in the Class of Cabaret 2021 program. The successful applicants will take part in rehearsals and workshops throughout Terms 1 & 2 culminating in performances during Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2021. 

They will also receive tuition from one of Adelaide's leading vocal teachers and mentorship in the art of cabaret performance from two renowned artists. In addition Adelaide Festival Centre's CentrED program will provide a Department for Education teacher to guide each student through assessments to achieve SACE Creative Arts Course Stage 2 or Community Studies Stage 1 for accreditation by the conclusion of the program. 

Submissions close 5pm, Sunday 25 October 2020. A live round of auditions will take place during Term 4, Week 5 (Tuesday 10 November or Wednesday 11 November 2020), and applicants will be contacted to confirm audition times by COB Friday 30 October. Applicants will be notified of auditions results via email the week following auditions. 

If we require further information, we will contact applicants.

It’s a lot of work but it’s great to be able to work with industry professionals, and you make good friends along the way. Class of Cabaret 2019 participant
Class of Cabaret is such a helpful and fun program to be a part of, and helps young people gain knowledge, skill and experience. Class of Cabaret 2019 participant

About Class of Cabaret

Class of Cabaret provides a unique learning opportunity for talented, passionate and courageous secondary students from various high schools to share their own stories through musical performance.

Class of Cabaret began in 2010 under the artistic direction of David Campbell at Adelaide Cabaret Festival.  In 2021, Class of Cabaret's twelfth year, students will experience Adelaide Cabaret Festival under Artistic Director Alan Cumming. Past students have received standing ovations from sold-out crowds. Each student will develop the skills to engage the audience on a personal journey with their own individual story. The program provides students with the unique opportunity to gain performance and self-development skills in a professional performing arts venue during Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival provides an expert team of cabaret mentors and professional artists to develop each performer’s skills through masterclasses, workshops, and a bootcamp to produce two spectacular shows for a ticketed public performance.

The Class of Cabaret program offers students a meaningful learning experience where each performer develops their performance skills and learns to confidently communicate their stories to an audience, while also gaining accreditation towards their education. The chosen applicants will take part in rehearsals and workshops throughout Terms 1 & 2 culminating in performances during Adelaide Cabaret Festival. They will also receive expert guidance from an experienced accompanist, tuition from one of Adelaide's leading vocal teachers and mentorship in the art of cabaret performance from two renowned artists.

Whilst this program is aimed at performance development it is also an opportunity to gain SACE accreditation which is an integral part of the experience. Students enroll cross-institutionally and work with a Department for Education SACE teacher to achieve 10 credits in either Creative Arts Stage 2 or Community Studies Stage 1. These courses will run during Class of Cabaret rehearsals throughout Terms 1 & 2, as they greatly support the program and help students develop on all levels.

Students have the additional opportunity of enrolling cross-institutionally to develop performing art skills that complement the program and achieve 20 Stage 2 Credits in Creative Arts. This course runs from 4-7pm on Tuesday nights at Thebarton Senior College.

Being a part of this unique South Australian experience is a chance to enrich curriculum learning, develop friendships with students from other schools and meet with professional artists as part of the official Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Preparing for Your Audition

Applicants for the 2021 Class of Cabaret program should prepare two contrasting songs (maximum 2 minutes each) to be performed off-by-heart for the panel at the live auditions. Find out more information about how to prepare here.


Class of Cabaret 2020

Class of Cabaret 2020


Nathaniel O'Brien Scholarship

Submissions for the 2021 Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship for regional students have now closed. 

The Class of Cabaret program and Nathaniel O’Brien Scholarship are supported by Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation. You can support the work of the Foundation in delivering youth and education programs and career development opportunities.

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