Cameron the class clown

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE -

NOT only can Cameron Tay­lor sing, dance and act, but he can now add pro­fes­sional clown to his re­sume af­ter join­ing Cirque du Soleil.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from St Stephen’s School Dun­craig in 2011, Tay­lor com­pleted a Cer­tifi­cate IV in Mu­si­cal Theatre at WAAPA be­fore mov­ing to Mel­bourne to study a Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts (Mu­sic Theatre) at the Vic­to­rian Col­lege of the Arts.

Orig­i­nally shy­ing away from ap­ply­ing for Cirque du Soleil au­di­tions, he said it was “peer pres­sure” that made him even­tu­ally sign up.

“I wasn’t go­ing to ap­ply but the brief was sent to me by so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple I even­tu­ally just gave into peer pres­sure and sent the scenes off,” he said.

While back in Perth per­form­ing his de­but Perth Fringe Fes­ti­val show Pisca, Tay­lor got the call-up.

“Dur­ing the mid­dle of the per­for­mance sea­son I re­ceived an email ask­ing if I could be at a live au­di­tion in Mel­bourne four days later, which was the day af­ter my clos­ing night in Perth,” he said.

“Af­ter my fi­nal per­for­mance, I went straight to the air­port to check into my flight, wear­ing a face full of white and blue clown make-up.”

Not sure what to ex­pect from the au­di­tions – “maybe an hour or two at most” – Tay­lor was floored by the tal­ent he saw.

“The first sec­tion went for four hours and was a group work­shop with a group of dif­fer­ent clowns, ac­tors and pup­peteers from around Aus­tralia and a panel of di­rec­tors, chore­og­ra­phers and cast­ing agents,” he said.

The panel then made cuts, with those left putting on a sec­tion of orig­i­nal per­for­mances.

“Dur­ing this sec­tion I watched some of the best per­for­mances I have seen in my life,” Tay­lor said.

He made the next cut and took part in im­pro­vised works with dif­fer­ent part­ners then the next cut where he work­shopped var­i­ous scenes and feed­back ses­sions fol­lowed.

Af­ter a long day, Tay­lor was of­fered a po­si­tion on the books for Cirque du Soleil.

Pic­ture: Jeeves

Cameron Tay­lor as Pisca.

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