Blood, sweat, tears

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

ANY­ONE would be cor­rect in their as­sump­tion there is no pro­fes­sional mu­sic theatre scene in Guam.

This is why Heather Man­ley had to move over­seas once choos­ing to com­bine her love of singing and danc­ing with a ca­reer in mu­sic theatre.

The de­ci­sion has been suc­cess­ful, with the third-year WAAPA stu­dent star­ring in the ti­tle role of Car­rie the Mu­si­cal.

“Guam is ac­tu­ally closer to Aus­tralia than it is to the US,” Man­ley said.

“I did a dance course in LA and met a lot of Aus­tralians who I stayed con­nected with on Face­book.

“So when my dance teacher sug­gested I study in Aus­tralia, I con­tacted all my Aus­tralian friends ask­ing them what the best school was for mu­sic theatre. Nearly ev­ery per­son an­swered with WAAPA.”

Man­ley said she was ex­cited to hear her class would be per­form­ing Car­rie the Mu­si­cal as the last show be­fore tour­ing the east coast with their grad­u­at­ing show­case.

Based on Stephen King’s best­selling novel, the rock mu­si­cal orig­i­nally bombed in Strat­fordupon-Avon and Broad­way in 1988 be­fore it was rewrit­ten in 2012 and shaped as a more in­ti­mate tale of parental con­trol, bul­ly­ing and school pol­i­tics dur­ing the 1970s.

“We have the up­dated 2012 ver­sion of Car­rie,” Man­ley said.

“I thought it was such an in­cred­i­ble part be­cause when would you ever get to have blood poured on you in a role? “I was so ex­cited when I found out I got it. “I was with friends at their house wait­ing for the cast­ing email to be sent and when it was I started cry­ing, and then the neigh­bours knocked on the door wor­ried there was a do­mes­tic go­ing on be­cause I was cry­ing so loud.”

Man­ley said keep­ing the stage blood off other cast mem­bers and her mi­cro­phone would be the big­gest chal­lenge.

“I’ve only worked with the blood for the poster and now this photo shoot,” she said.

“I’ll start more dur­ing tech week, so we’ll see then just how dif­fi­cult it will be.”

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