Some performers wait their whole careers to feature in a large-scale musical, but BGS boys Declan Mount and Alexander Graves aren’t yet teenagers and have already performed in the arena spectacular, Hairspray.
The Year 6 students were part of the ensemble cast at the Brisbane Convention Centre, taking to the stage alongside seasoned stars Christine Anu and Tim Campbell for six performances of the famous musical over the past weekend.
The pair were excited by the opportunity and weren’t nervous despite performing to sell-out crowds.
“It was an awesome experience,” Declan said. “We weren’t really nervous being part of the ensemble cast, but I think being part of the professional cast would have been pretty daunting. It was really cool to see the pro cast in action, they could be completely different people on and off stage.”
Alexander said the process from auditioning to performing the musical took almost a year, with rehearsals ramping up over the last term break.
“Over the holidays we did four 10-hour days, as well as plenty of half days, but that was part of the process,” he said. “It was a great experience and it will improve my drama skills at school.”
Both Declan and Alexander said they made plenty of new friends, including meeting the three girls from Brisbane Girls Grammar School also in the musical.
Pictured: Alexander Graves and Declan Mount performed in Hairspray at the Brisbane Convention Centre during April.
Head of Year 5 and 6 Rebecca Campbell said performing in Hairspray provided the pair with a wonderful opportunity to showcase their talents on the big stage.
“Both boys are extremely talented and having the chance to perform to a large audience in a stage spectacular would be a dream come true for any aspiring young performer,” she said. “Juggling their rehearsal commitments with their schoolwork and extracurricular participation is a credit to both of them.”
Ms Campbell said the boys had embraced the opportunity from the moment they successfully auditioned.
“Learning from and working with professional actors at such as young age would be truly inspirational and the boys’ enthusiasm and sense of fun was evident from the moment they started rehearsals,” she said. “We are extremely proud of Declan and Alexander for embracing this opportunity and making the most of their talents.”
Declan next plans to audition for Matilda the musical later this year.