STORM STAR: Alex Whitaker, 18, of Maryborough won the state final of the Storm the Stage challenge in musical theatre.
STORM STAR: Alex Whitaker, 18, of Maryborough won the state final of the Storm the Stage challenge in musical theatre. Jocelyn Watts

Top spot in state for Alex

ALEX Whitaker has secured her spot in the finals of the Storm the Stage 2010 – National Drama and Musical Theatre Challenge in Perth.

Her performance of Always a Bridesmaid from the musical comedy I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change in Brisbane on Sunday night appealed to the judges so much they awarded her first place in the Queensland finals for musical theatre.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Alex said.

“It’s so exciting, I can’t wait to go to Perth.”

Storm the Stage is a national Rotary project backed by International Foundation for Arts and Culture and supported by Hugh Jackman and Jill Perryman as patron, both Western Australian international actors.

On December 2, Alex and 19 other state winners, between 16 and 19 years of age from throughout Australia, will showcase their talent in drama and musical theatre performing solo at the Octagon Theatre, Perth.

Finalists in the Storm the Stage musical theatre challenge will win an opportunity to work with a musical director and band.

Alex, 18, a former St Mary’s College student, has been a regular performer in the annual Maryborough Eisteddfod and starred as Dorothy in the Brolga Community Theatre’s production Wizard of Oz last year.

Currently on a gap year, Alex said she was spending her time teaching Zumba at a Maryborough gym, dancing with the Toni Robinson School of Dance plus singing and acting. She also helps Ms Robinson teach children public speaking and performing.

Alex said her career goal was to score a place at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

“My long-term dream is to some day perform at West End or Broadway.”



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