Bodhi, 14, sings in front of 10,000

Kyabram Free Press - - FRONT PAGE - By Char­mayne Al­li­son

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.

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