29 students wowed audiences by dancing' singing and acting their way through a 30-minute performance of Mary Poppins last week (Friday 15 January)' as a finale to the CQUniversity's Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) Summer Spectacular.
Aged between 12-18' students from across the Mackay region worked with Guest Director Dale Pengelly to hone their theatre skills in a one-week intensive which Director of CQCM Professor Judith Brown AM explained was a highlight for all involved.
"It was great to bring one of Australia's top choreographers and theatre professionals to Mackay and work with the young people in our region during the summer holidays'" said Prof Brown.
"Dale adjudicates many eisteddfods around Australia and New Zealand and had a wealth of experience to share with young people who love musical theatre."
She said the experience was priceless for both students new to the stage and seasoned theatre veterans.
"The Summer Spectacular is a great experience for students of all abilities. Students were able to audition for solo parts' or just be part of the fun in the ensemble.
"It is amazing to see students discover their passion for the arts – from their first time stepping on stage' to seeing them come back again and again."
Participants Clara Hutton and Hannah Herwin both advocated for other students to audition in the future.
"I liked the audition process because I don't usually get to do auditions. It helped me to figure out what it is like to be in the industry' " Clara explained.
"I love it' any chance I get to be on stage'" Hannah agreed.
"There is so much talent here' it is incredible to see and be a part of it."