Class of Cabaret 

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 2023 program. The successful applicants will take part in rehearsals and workshops throughout Terms 1 & 2 culminating in performances during Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2023.

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.

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Applications close 5pm, Monday 5 September 2022. A live round of auditions will take place during Term 3, Week 9 (Tuesday 20 September & Thursday 22 September 2022), and applicants will be contacted to confirm audition times by COB Friday 9 September. Applicants will be notified of auditions results via email the week following auditions.

If we require further information, we will contact applicants.

If you get an opportunity to be a part of this class, take it! Class of Cabaret 2021 participant
I would definitely recommend Class of Cabaret to other students. The industry experience and artist development are major factors and well as the chance to create something of your own and perform it in the Cabaret Festival. Class of Cabaret 2021 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 perspectives through cabaret performance.

Class of Cabaret began in 2010 under the artistic direction of David Campbell at Adelaide Cabaret Festival.  In 2023, Class of Cabaret's fourteenth year, students will experience Adelaide Cabaret Festival under the special celebration of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s 50th anniversary. Each student will develop the skills to engage the audience as they explore issues and ideas, using the cabaret artform as a voice for their generation.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival provides an expert team to develop each performer’s skills through masterclasses, workshops, and a bootcamp throughout Terms 1 & 2. The participants produce two spectacular shows for a ticketed public performance as part of the 2023 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, while also gaining accreditation towards their education. They will also receive 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 Adelaide 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 enrol 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.

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 2023 Class of Cabaret program should prepare:

  • Either two contrasting songs (maximum 2 minutes each)
  • Or one 2min song and one 2min variety act (this could be dance, rap, stand-up comedy, spoken word poetry, clowning, magic or a monologue)

The two pieces should be performed off-by-heart for the panel at the live auditions and should be contrasting, in that they have a different feel, genre or reflect different sides of your personality or interests. Each piece should be a MAXIMUM of 2 minutes long, students should cut each song/act accordingly to ensure they don’t run over the time limit.

Find out more information about how to prepare HERE  

Class of Cabaret 2022

Nathaniel O'Brien Scholarship

Regional students are encouraged to apply for the Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship

The Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship is supported by Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation.