BODHI SIZZLES AT STADIUM ROCK
Bodhi, 14, sings in front of 10,000
BACKED by a 1300-voice choir and performing in front of 10,000, Kyabram’s Bodhi Hawken was understandably nervous when he stepped on stage at the recent Victorian State Schools Spectacular.
But the 14-year-old quickly became all business, slipping easily into the performance he’d been practicing all year.
Singing Of Monsters and Men’s hit Little Talks with Klara Pinkerton, Bodhi said the experience was both terrifying and thrilling.
STANDING backstage before he stepped in front of a 10,000-strong crowd, Kyabram’s Bodhi Hawken was understandably weak at the knees.
But the moment he set foot on the stage, the 14-year-old felt his nerves calm and a familiar comfort set in.
“Before you step through the door, you can freak out. But once you take to the stage, you switch on and do what you’ve trained for all year,” he said.
Bodhi was one of 3,000 young performers from more
than 200 schools showcasing their talent at the fourth Victorian State Schools Spectacular at Hisense Arena.
And he was the youngest of a small selection of male principal vocalists this year, performing a duet of Of Monsters and Men’s hit Little Talks.
“It was amazing to be able to sing in front of so many people and to share that experience with my good friends,” he said.
Despite a career that has already featured a performance with Jimmy Barnes, Bodhi’s mum Lisa Booth said he was surprised to be selected as a principal vocalist in this year’s Spectacular.
“It was a really humbling experience for him. He pinched himself each weekend he went down there to train and would say, ‘I can’t believe they chose me. Are they sure?’” she said.
“It was amazing to watch Bodhi perform. But just to watch all those talented kids on stage was mind-blowing.
“While the principal vocalists often get the limelight, all the kids were incredibly talented – from the orchestra and the choir to the dancers.”
Bodhi Hawken performing with Klara Pinkerton.