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Melville Times - - News - Tanya MacNaughton Shub­shri Kan­diah as Jasmine. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484719

A dream came true for Perth mu­sic the­atre per­former Shub­shri Kan­diah's when she landed the role of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin the Mu­si­cal.

ONE of Perth mu­sic the­atre per­former Shub­shri Kan­diah's big­gest hur­dles when land­ing the role of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin the Mu­si­cal was know­ing the an­i­mated film ver­sion too well.

“I was a mas­sive fan of all Dis­ney movies but espe­cially

Aladdin be­cause it was re­ally nice to see peo­ple who looked like me on screen,” Kan­diah said. “I al­ways loved A Whole

New World and it was ac­tu­ally very hard to learn for the show be­cause the tim­ing is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent to the movie.

“I had it in my head as the way I learnt it as a kid, so I re­ally had to re-learn it.”

The 23-year-old grew up per­form­ing In­dian dance at com­mu­nity fes­ti­vals, while her grandad also drove her to bal­let classes after school.

She dis­cov­ered her love Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie of mu­sic the­atre to­wards the end of her high school days at Pen­rhos Col­lege, study­ing a cer­tifi­cate course at WAAPA and con­tin­u­ing her train­ing at Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium Grif­fith Univer­sity, where she grad­u­ated in De­cem­ber.

“I saw Aladdin the Mu­si­cal when it was in Mel­bourne and ab­so­lutely fell in love with it,” she said.

“At the end of my third year they were re-au­di­tion­ing and I knew they weren't look­ing for a Jasmine but I'd been given Jasmine ma­te­rial. I went and did my thing and had an ab­so­lute blast in the au­di­tion singing the songs.

They didn't need a Jasmine then, but when they did I got the call.”

Kan­diah played Princess Jasmine for the fi­nal two weeks of the Brisbane sea­son be­fore fly­ing home for Perth, with shows on at Crown The­atre Perth un­til Oc­to­ber 28.

“My mum just re­ally wanted me home after I grad­u­ated but I had to tell her I was stay­ing on the east coast,” Kan­diah said.

“She then hoped I'd get a con­tract in Perth which I thought was never go­ing to hap­pen. Then the first one that comes along brings me back.”

Kan­diah said the re­al­ity of the role did not hit her un­til she be­gan try­ing on the cos­tumes and took her first magic car­pet flight.

“This is a dream so I'll ride it as long as I can,” she said.

“We still have Auck­land and Ade­laide to go after Perth, so I'm here for a while.”

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