In­spired by the Kimberley

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The Kimberley has had such an im­pact on Rachael Beck, she wants to head back to cre­ate a mu­si­cal.

The mu­si­cal the­atre star and ac­tress — who starred in Hey Dad! — per­formed The Great­est Show­man at the Kimberley Moon Ex­pe­ri­ence in Ku­nunurra as part of the Ord Val­ley Muster.

“They say it’s one of the top 100 things on the bucket list to do . . . I love this area so much so it was re­ally great to be a part of it,” she told AAA Week­end.

Beck spent time trav­el­ling the re­gion with fel­low ac­tor Myles Pol­lard and So You Think You Can Dance dancer Yukino McHugh while in town for the Per­form Act Dance WA fes­ti­val.

“We went to El Que­stro and to Ivan­hoe Cross­ing . . . a lot of driv­ing around and vis­it­ing wa­ter­falls and it’s re­ally lovely. And just hug­ging a lot of boab trees — they de­serve to be hugged!”

Be­sides ex­plor­ing, the group held work­shops for chil­dren across Broome and Ku­nunurra.

“My aim is to do a mu­si­cal here next year or the year after in this area. It would be a great time of year as part of the muster wouldn’t it?

“I’ve had a few say to me that there used be mu­si­cals and things go­ing on but it’s dropped off and I’d love to re­vive it a bit.”

Beck is pas­sion­ate about work­ing with youth, com­bin­ing the arts with men­tal health is­sues.

“The arts just gives the kids such won­der­ful life skills. Con­fi­dence, self-es­teem, learn­ing about emo­tions, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, telling your story with your voice; it’s so im­por­tant and that’s why we are here.”

I’ve had a few say to me that there used be mu­si­cals and things go­ing on but it’s dropped off and I’d love to re­vive it a bit. Rachael Beck

Pic­ture: Ange But­ler

Rachael Beck at the Kimberley Moon Ex­pe­ri­ence.

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