It has been a very cabaret beginning to the new year – it’s the second week of 2014 and I’ve already performed my show, NUTS, six times. A great way to kick-off the year, too, which will be the first time (since I was five) that I’m not studying full-time. Instead, I’m chasing that roller-coaster of a dream and pursuing professional work in the theatre. Primary School, High School, University Bachelor’s Degree, and now Theatre Diploma all complete (I graduated Brent Street in December), it’s time to get out there and jump on that thriller of a ride known as the Australian performing Arts industry. Buckle your seat-belts, it may get bumpy!
Cabaret week kicked off with the Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest and what proved to be a masterclass in the craft of self-devised work, witnessing brilliant acts by Jacqui Dark, Brendan Hay, and Ben Hudson, and also receiving exciting feedback and support from judges, Lisa and David Campbell.
Here is a snippet of my performance on the night:
The next day I was in dress rehearsals for a 5-performance week of Short + Sweet Cabaret Sydney at New Theatre. S+S was a valuable second workshop for my material, and I received fantastic feedback from audiences and judges alike, with some theatre veterans reaching out their hand gratis to help me over the next few weeks to work on my material. One lovely review noted that NUTS is “a playful presentation of history’s eccentrics…Wright has a brilliant voice,” and Stage Whisperers said “[Wright] really knows how to deliver and nuance a Broadway character song.”
Here’s a clip from part of my show at the New Theatre:
And, I survived Brent Street! 2013 was the most challenging but also most rewarding year. We graduated with a fun-packed production of Urinetown the Musical directed by the incredible Neil Gooding (I played Little Becky Two-Shoes) and I come out a better singer, actor and significantly improved dancer. Now, 2014 is all about consolidating those skills and building upon them while auditioning for professional work. CARRIE was a blast and I couldn’t think of a more exciting first professional production to be part of – we go to the Sydney Theatre Awards next Monday, where we are nominated for best musical (up against the Lion King and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)! What does the rest of 2014 hold? Only one way to find out…what an exciting adventure awaits!