quarie Conservatorium for classical vocal training under the guidance of the late Dawn Walsh and took part in many local classical concerts and Dubbo Theatre Company (DATS) productions.
Despite having her singing and acting talent down pat, Ms Palin wasn’t so confident in her dance ability – a must-have skill for triple-threat musical theatre performers.
That was, until a trip to London gave her the courage to back herself.
“I went to London for a month in my gap year with the Young Regional Artist Award I received,” she recalled.
“I went over there and did a little musical theatre course and saw Les Mis on the West End and then went, oh my god, this is it, I’m just going to do it, even though I can’t dance.
“I’m so blessed to have all that classical training, I mean I don’t think I realised it at the time when I was 13 and singing classical songs, but those foundations have been amazing.”
Now performing eight shows a week, Ms Palin plays Ralph Rackstraw alongside some of the country’s leading artists including opera singer Tobias Cole.
For this show, director Kate Gaul has put a “re-imagined, gender-bending, hyper-theatrical and kink” twist on the Gilbert & Sullivan classic.
“I’m playing the lead male role, the young love interest of the show traditionally, but in this show the director decided to gender swap a few of the lead characters, so it’s fantastic and hilarious,” Ms Palin laughed.
“It is all very gender fluid; the ladies have moustaches and we have all crazy drag makeup on and some of the boys have really long hair and they put it in ponytails.”
A review of the play in The Australian described Ms Palin’s performance as a “brilliant professional debut”.
Speaking about the endless auditions and inevitable rejection involved in the arts, Ms Palin uses her hometown as a place of solace.
“Someone once told me to go into audition with the mindset of ‘this is what I have to offer, this is what I can do and I’m just going to show that to you as a friend’,” she said.
“It’s more about thinking that you are helping them (casting directors), they want you to be the person for the role so they can stop looking for it, so it’s less of a ‘what do you want me to do’ and more of a ‘here, this is what I can do and if that suits what you are looking for, great, and if not, then see you’.
“Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but then I love to go back to Dubbo and just have a reset for a couple of days and just get away from everything and out of Sydney for a minute and then come back and start again; I’m very lucky that I can do that.”
H.M.S Pinafore is playing at the Hayes Theatre until December 14.
Tickets are available at www.hayestheatre. com.au.