Bundaberg girl lands a role in Cats
BUNDABERG-BORN singer Natalie Greer will be among more than 500 performers to grace the stage at the Brisbane Convention Centre in a spectacular production of the musical Cats.
The Harvest Rain production of the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber musical stars Australia's leading lady of musical theatre Marina Prior as Grizabella and will feature a live band.
Greer has been cast in a principle role for her professional stage debut and said she was incredibly excited.
"The highlight is that I will not only be working alongside my musical idol Marina Prior, but I am also understudying her role," she said.
"It is an absolute honour to be sharing the stage with such an incredible performer and I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of such an incredible production."
Greer said she was fortunate to have had plenty of opportunities to pursue her passion for the arts.
"My passion for performing began when I made my first stage debut at the age of three," she said.
"Since then I've trained extensively in every aspect of the arts then moved into acting and music studies before my primary focus became singing."
The 23-year-old performer said she was a member of the Bundaberg Youth Choir and performed in numerous eisteddfods representing Shalom College.
"After graduating high school in 2008, I went to the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and completed my Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2012," she said.
"Then after university I was accepted into the Musical Theatre Internship Program at Harvest Rain Theatre Company in Brisbane and have been training with them for the past two years.
"I am currently a musical theatre tutor at Fame Theatre Company in Brisbane training children in all areas of dance, singing and drama."
With the staging of Cats orchestrated by celebrated choreographer Callum Mansfield, Greer said audiences would be dazzled by the sets and costumes.
"Our cat suits and wigs have been custom designed specifically for our roles," she said
"It will be the largest production of the show ever staged in the southern hemisphere."
The show will play tomorrow night, Saturday and Sunday at the Brisbane Convention Centre.