CHEEKY MU­SI­CAL NUM­BER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOOK LOCAL - Sara Fitz­patrick

WHEN Harry met Me­gan at WAAPA in 2015, friend­ship in­stantly flour­ished.

Bond­ing over a fond­ness for show tunes and thirst for star­dom, the duo em­barked on an ad­ven­ture to Mel­bourne where they now live, per­form, write and au­di­tion to­gether.

“I put on my own show here in Oc­to­ber but mostly I work at a burrito shop,” Perth’s Me­gan Kozak said. “I make Mex­i­can food and Harry works at the bar at the Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne.

“Au­di­tions come in ebbs and flows. There will be a cou­ple of weeks with quite a lot of au­di­tions and then I’ll go a cou­ple of months where there is noth­ing and think, ‘what am I do­ing with my life, have I made the wrong ca­reer choice?’.

“It’s not some­thing that’s go­ing to hap­pen overnight; got to give it a red-hot go.”

Kozak’s first taste of suc­cess came last year when she scored the role of Mon­ica Lewin­sky in Clin­ton: The Mu­si­cal.

“I found it very ironic that I moved to Mel­bourne to be­gin a per­form­ing ca­reer and my big job was ac­tu­ally go­ing back home to be in Clin­ton with Black Swan State The­atre Com­pany,” she said.

Kozak and Harry Prouse’s new act, Cheek to Cheek, is a throw­back to the old-school va­ri­ety show fea­tur­ing songs like Any­thing You Can Do I Can Do Bet­ter and The Best is Yet to Come.

“It’s about Harry and me: our re­la­tion­ship and how we have moved to Mel­bourne and what I miss about Perth,” she said.

“Some­times you go to Fringe shows and don’t know what’s go­ing on or they are quite con­fronting or re­ally un­usual; we’re just here to sing some great mu­sic and have a great time.”

Re­sid­ing in Wind­sor, near Chapel Street, Kozak said sev­eral WAAPA grads had re­cently moved to the area, and she and Prouse (orig­i­nally from the Gold Coast) had es­tab­lished a nice lit­tle com­mu­nity.

Harry Prouse and Me­gan Kozak.

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