Danielle An­drews

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I grew up in Coon­abarabran and af­ter I fin­ished high school I moved to Bathurst where I stud­ied a Bach­e­lor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for The­atre and Me­dia which I’m al­most fin­ished. Then I moved to Dubbo in the mid­dle of last year and have been work­ing with Orana Arts as a projects of­fi­cer. I also work for the Mac­quarie Con­ser­va­to­rium teach­ing the Youth Mu­sic The­atre Pro­gram.

How long have you worked with the stu­dents at the Mac­quarie Con­ser­va­to­rium?

I was for­tu­nate enough to have met Camilla Ward who asked if I would like to ap­ply for the job. I did and I was for­tu­nate enough to get it. I’ve only been work­ing with the kids since the be­gin­ning of the year, but it’s been lots of fun and I’m look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing for next year. We just fin­ished Tuishi Pamoja at the Mac­quarie Con­ser­va­to­rium which was lots of fun and it was the first time I’ve worked with youth. Mainly I’ve worked with adults, so it’s been quite chal­leng­ing and there’s def­i­nitely a dif­fer­ent way go­ing about things but I’m learn­ing as I go.

I have a lot of other projects go­ing on out­side of the Youth Mu­sic The­atre Pro­gram. I just fin­ished di­rect­ing a Black Box The­atre show. Again, Camilla Ward is the Cre­ative Di­rec­tor and got me on board for that as well. The show we just fin­ished was called Girls Like That and it was about on­line bul­ly­ing. It was a phys­i­cal the­atre piece about a photo that had been leaked among young girls. It re­ally chal­lenged the girls eth­i­cally and where they are in their lives. The sub­jects and lan­guage we talked about in the play were heavy, so it was a big chal­lenge for them but it was lots of fun.

The Black Box Creatives is part of the Western Plains Cul­tural Cen­tre. We en­cour­age a lot of peo­ple to come along. We try to dab­ble in dif­fer­ent forms of the­atre and teach peo­ple about back­stage. You might not want to be an ac­tor but are in­ter­ested in stage man­age­ment or light­ing and sound, so we’ll teach you through those as well so it’s not only about per­form­ing.

Do you have a back­ground in the arts?

I did a few dif­fer­ent shows grow­ing up in Coon­abarabran. Ev­ery sec­ond year, we had our high school mu­si­cal but they weren’t main­stream mu­si­cals, they were funky ones. Then once I went off to uni, I was for­tu­nate enough to meet some pretty cool peo­ple and I got a job with the ABC do­ing hair and make-up for the An­gus Project which is a great show. I’ve done stage man­age­ment work for some fes­ti­vals, so I’ve man­aged to get out there in the in­dus­try and give it a go but now I’ve come back and I’m teach­ing a bit here.

What other or­gan­i­sa­tions have you been in­volved with?

I was named 2019 Coon­abarabran Show­girl. My home­town asked me to come back and be a part of that. It’s very ex­cit­ing and it’s great that next year I get to go rep­re­sent my home com­mu­nity at the next level which will be held in Mudgee. I was just part of Miss World as well, which was a huge eye opener. It’s a lot dif­fer­ent to Miss Show Girl and was prob­a­bly the first proper beauty pageant I’ve been a part of. Some­how, I made it all the way to the state fi­nals.

What are the stages of the Miss World Beauty Pageant?

There’s an ap­pli­ca­tion on­line and then there’s the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals which was held in Syd­ney and I was the first heat off the bat and didn’t make it on the day, but I man­aged to pull a wild card. Then I went all the way to the state fi­nals which is held in Syd­ney again and it was an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity. The girls are so sup­port­ive and you come out of it feel­ing like a mil­lion dol­lars. I’ve learned how to walk and talk and be grace­ful and since then I’ve gone pageant mad! I’ve ap­plied and been ac­cepted into two more pageants – one is hap­pen­ing at the end of the year, Miss In­ter­na­tional, and next year is Miss Di­a­mond (for which) I am sup­port­ing drought re­lief so there will be events com­ing up (through which) I’ll be rais­ing money with my plat­form as Ru­ral Aid Drought Re­lief.

What are your goals for the future?

Ev­ery time I get asked this ques­tion, I have no idea. One thing I do love is work­ing with com­mu­nity and the arts and I guess I’d love to be in more of a po­si­tion where I can ad­vo­cate for both and make a bit of a dif­fer­ence.

Do you have a most mem­o­rable mo­ment?

I’ve had so many. Just re­cently I’ve done two shows and af­ter see­ing the kids do all their hard work and what they were able to pro­duce in the end and see­ing how happy they were about what they’ve ac­com­plished was quite fan­tas­tic. For me, be­ing able to sit back and say “I did it!”

- In­ter­view and photo by Sophia Rouse

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