Inspired by the Kimberley
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
Rachael Beck at the Kimberley Moon Experience.