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Capricornus Quarterly : CQ April 2018
Maddi about theatre Maddison McDonald (RGS 2014) is finding her feet in the competitive world of musical theatre. A Bachelor of Musical Theatre graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith Universit y, Maddi has just landed a role in the Brisbane production of BARE, a contemporary pop rock musical which follows a group of high school students grappling with their sexuality. Maddi has landed one of the minor female roles, Tanya, but is also the understudy for the lead role of Ivy in the production at the Brisbane Powerhouse. This follows amazing performances as the lead Scaramouche in the Rockhampton production of We Will Rock You. “I just happened to be home when someone mentioned at the shop that there were auditions for We Will Rock You,’’ Maddi said. Maddi has dreams of one day performing on London’s West End and is grateful for taking those initial musical theatre steps in Rockhampton Grammar School musicals. “ For years I was playing my guitar just doing the popular side of music but after doing two musicals at RGS I knew I wanted to study musical theatre,’’ Maddi said. It is just the start for Maddi after graduating from The Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University. She is well aware the theatre is a tough industry to break into. “For the big musicals like Wizard of Oz, Evita, Jersey Boys, it ’s like cattle calls. Once you’re in a show the producers know that their cast is usually already auditioning for other shows to try and get their next job.” BARE starts in Brisbane on 24 May: www. brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2018/05/24/bare/ Photograph (left) by Michael Kennedy. 10 2017 graduates find feet in higher level rugby league RGS 2017 graduates are finding their legs in a whole new world of rugby league. Ben Condon (pictured left), Logan Hauff and Lachlan Scarpelli (right) have all broken into the next phase of their rugby league dreams playing for NRL clubs in age competitions. Lachlan signed with the Cronulla Sharks earlier this year while Logan joined the Canterbury Bulldogs and Ben is with the North Queensland Cowboys. Ben, who is also in the Queensland Under-18 Emerging Origin Squad, is juggling rugby league, part-time work and part- time university studies while training with the Cowboys Development Squad and playing with the Townsville Blackhawks in the U18 Mal Meninga Cup. The Cowboys are supporting Ben’s transition by assisting financially with Ben’s Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science studies at James Cook University and have provided Ben par t-time work at the Cowboys Leagues Club in Townsville, It ’s all part of the club’s welfare management programme. “T he transition hasn’t been easy adapting to the climate and the increased training load, but it’s been enjoyable,’’ Ben said. “Some of the differences include training being more full time and managing work and part time uni around it, and also having to be more proactive and organised, which I lacked in school.” Lachlan is lining up at hooker with the Cronulla Sharks Under-20 team. After two trial games he was offered a two year contract. “T he transition from school boy football to NRL club level doesn’t compare,’’ Lachlan said. “ T hrough pre-season we were training 5 and sometimes 6 times a week and now that we are in season we train 3 or 4 times a week, both field sessions and gym sessions.” Lachlan said it’s a very professional level. “I have enjoyed making the change even though the training has been brutal at times. Training with other players who are all here to achieve the same as you makes everyone perform to a higher level.” “All players in the squad are constantly competing to try and make it or to stay in the team which makes the training sessions such a high quality. The expectations set by the coaching staff and the other players are also a major difference. They expect you to perform at your best at all times which in turn makes you work at any little weaknesses you have.” Logan is based at Belmore with the Canterbury- Bulldogs under-20s after being scouted in early 2017 while playing for the Central Queensland Capras. “Football down here is a lot more difficult as opposed to schoolboys footy, given that everyone is older,’’ Logan said. “As well as the technicalities of the style and structure of footy played being more complex, the coach requires a specific role for every individual player.” Be willing to make sacrifices. For me it was having to miss a few school tours due to being on the fringe of a few representative teams and needing to cement my place in the team, when I would have rather went on tour with my school mates. Make sure that you are enjoying yourself and have confidence in your ability. Ben Condon Work hard and good things will come Logan Hauff Do the best you can do. Don’t go into games and carnivals hoping you’ll get a contract after it. Enjoy every game you play in the red and black and if you try your best and work as hard as you can the rest will all sort its self out. Lachlan Scarpelli Bill’s Aussie pride RGS past students joined the Queen’s Baton Relay leading into the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Bill Richardson (RGS 1956, pictured) returned home to Blackall for his opportunity to carry the baton while Elne Bezuidenhout (RGS 2017) ran a leg of the Baton Relay in Rockhampton. Huge dreams Hugo Pilcher (RGS 2015) has been accepted into The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London. The 20-year- old will walk the same halls as Judi Dench, Kit Harrington and Andrew Gar field. Relocating from Federation University Australia in Melbourne, where he is currently studying a Bachelor of Acting for Stage and Screen, Hugo will now study a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Acting- Collaborative and Devised Theatre. After going through a rigorous audition process, Hugo described the moment he found out he was accepted as “exhilarating”. “T he university auditions all over the world,” he said. Being involved with local and school theatre, musicals, eisteddfods and choirs in both Yeppoon and Rockhampton, Hugo credits Rockhampton Grammar School’s Jan Kennedy for pushing him into pursuing this path.
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