Federation University's Arts Academy students polish their cabaret skills for the stage at Suttons.

CABARET and its audience interaction can frighten even the hardiest performers, but Arts Academy students can’t wait for their time in the spotlight.

For six weeks the music theatre students have drafted, improvised, rewritten and fine-tuned their 10 minute solo cabaret performances and next week they’ll unleash them on Ballarat audiences.

ON STAGE: Federation University Arts Academy graduating music theatre students Claire Taylor, Laura Morrisby, Jonathan Reeves, Isabella Ferrer and Ebony McGeady prepare for their cabaret performances at Suttons House of Music. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

ON STAGE: Federation University Arts Academy graduating music theatre students Claire Taylor, Laura Morrisby, Jonathan Reeves, Isabella Ferrer and Ebony McGeady prepare for their cabaret performances at Suttons House of Music. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

“Cabaret … has very interactive audience participation,” said Jonathan Reeves. “You never quite know if you’re going to call on an expert or a novice.”

Thirty six members of the graduating music theatre course have each created a 10 minute act, which have been rolled together to create Nah Yeah: Yeah Nah.

“These performers were triple-threats anyway, now they’ve added comedy, satire, and original story-telling to the mix,” said Federation University Arts Academy director Bryce Ives.

Nah, Yeah: Yeah, Nah is at Suttons House of Music June 20 – 25.  Tickets from trybooking.com.