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Trainsmart Australia are proud that they are one of the only training organisations that can guarantee their Diploma of Screen and Media students with work experience within the entertainment industry in WA.

Our trainers are well connected in the industry and have been able to offer many opportunities to our students to work backstage in TV, Theatre and Fashion shows. Past work experience has been;

  • Telethon | Perth Convention Exhibition Centre
  • Cats | ManPAC, The Quarry
  • We Will Rock You | His Majesties Theatre, ManPAC, The Quarry
  • Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) | His Majesty’s Theatre
  • and many, many more!

Each year we are offered different opportunities from various production companies depending upon what productions are happening that year, we match those opportunities with the skills of the currently enrolled students to ensure that they both the production and the student is going to be benefited.

In 2019 our Screen and Media trainer/assessor Manuao TeAotonga was fortunate enough to have been cast as the lead role of Lola in Limelight Theatre’s sellout production of “Kinky Boots”. His students were just about to complete drag makeup as part of the creative makeup unit in the Diploma, so the timing was perfect for the students to be involved in this production.

(Above) Our trainer, Manuao as “Lola” in Kinky Boots, with our Diploma of Screen and Media students

The director of the production had provided us with images of how he wanted each of the Angel drag queen characters to look and it was the responsibility of each of the students (who were each allocated an actor) to recreate the look that matched the images and suited the actors face/eye shape.

The students had an opportunity to trial out the makeup before the stage show by doing the makeup for a promotional music video that was being filmed at Connections Nightclub in July. This allowed them to provide a “softer” version that would be suitable for filming. 

(Above) Our trainer, Manuao as “Lola” in Kinky Boots, with the “Angels”.

In September, the students attended the dress rehearsals at the theatre a week prior to the show opening which allowed them to see their work under the harsh stage lights and make any mental adjustments so that the makeup was perfect for opening night.

The students attended every performance of Kinky Boots which was on for the month of September and grew a strong bond with each of the actor that they transformed. One student, Alishia West, had this to say about her experience;

“I have never had so much fun and laughter. 12 months ago, I never would have seen myself in this course, because it's so out of my comfort zone, but to actually be doing the makeup for a stage play just really puts it all into perspective for me. Thank you for letting me experience this.”

Alishia West

The directors of the show were so impressed with the students work that they wrote each of them a letter of recommendation for their work and dedication in the show.

Kinky Boots was nominated for 7 awards and won 3 of them at the 45th Annual Finley Awards held in January 2020 in the prestigious Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre and by invitation of the Independent Theatre Association, Manuao and the “Angels” were asked to open the awards night with the musical number “Land of Lola” so the students returned to wave their magical makeup brushes to transform each of their male actors back into the beauty Angel drag queens.

Another production of Kinky Boots is being staged at the Regal Theatre in September 2020 and those Trainsmart Students have been asked by the production company to return again due to their outstanding work!

(Above) Our Diploma of Screen and Media students with the “Angels”.

Trainsmart Australia are proud to be the only training organisation in WA that can guarantee their make-up students with work experience in theatre! #KinkyBoots #Theatre @TrainSmart_Australia

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