A centre for the Performing Arts at Emmanuel College

Making a strong statement about our future direction

The STAGE (Student Theatre for Arts and Growth and Emmanuel) is a dedicated performing arts space that was opened at the end of 2018. Staff members and architects worked together to finalise a design that has transformed a former school hall into a unique, first-class specialist facility that opened in November 2018.

Areas of The STAGE are available for hire, including the Wyton Theatre.

Take a 3D Tour of The STAGE here.

The facilities within The STAGE include:

The Wyton* Theatre - A 250 seat theatre with tiered seating

A professional standard recording studio

Band rehearsal areas

Studios for individual tuition, small group tuition and ensembles

Large, multi-purpose classroom

Storage for instruments and costumes

Dance studio

A performing arts administration office 
         and staff areas

* Wyton was the name of the building (now the St Ann’s Convent Complex) purchased from Captain John Ardlie by the Sisters of Mercy when they established the College in 1872. 

The STAGE complements a learning program that is rapidly seeing Emmanuel College become the school of choice for those who are passionate about the performing arts. This is the result of a journey of continual improvement in the performing arts.

In recent years the College has
•   Initiated a biennial major musical production
•   Introduced an ambitious and exciting instrumental music program that sees all Year 7 students learning an instrument as part of their educational program

•   Established a Concert Band and nine Year 7 Homeroom Bands 

  • •   There are currently 12 formalised music ensembles and 2019 will see the addition of a second concert band, a marching percussion ensemble and a string group with further plans for the addition of a pipes and drums band. 

•   Built up a very successful VET Music program attracting student enrolments from eight other district secondary colleges

•   Developed an Eisteddfod-winning choir – The   Emmanuel Singers

•   Experienced significant growth in the number of students studying drama and music.

The performing arts add much to the life of the College and to the enjoyment of life.

The STAGE was a 3 million dollar project supported by: Australian Government Capital Grants, The AL Lane Foundation, The Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation, Annie Danks Trust, Deafness Foundation, Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation, Port Fairy Folk Festival, The Archie and Hilda Graham Foundation, Tim Rayner Audiology and Callaghan Motors.

To enquire about venue hire please contact the College.