Talented home grown singer and dancer Alyce is enjoying a dream career that has seen her performing on the world stage. She shares how miracles happen when you believe.
> Growing up in Port Macquarie, how was your interest in dance nurtured?
I started dancing with La Vive Classique Academy of dance at the age of 11 under the tuition of Elizabeth Galloway.
At this time in my life, I also loved playing a variety of sports such as soccer, cricket and touch football. Miss Elizabeth encouraged my love of performing arts, where I learned under her guidance ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and musical theatre.
Elizabeth’s passion for performing instilled in me the beauty of performing live on stage.
> What formal studies have you done?
I moved to Melbourne in 2004 to take up a Scholarship with the National Ballet Theatre. In 2005, I completed my ‘Diploma of Arts Classical Dance’, as well as my Year 12 VCE Education.
> Tell us about your performances since?
I was selected to perform in ‘My Fair Lady’ at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne in 2005. I performed with Marty Fields, who replaced Jon English (because he was ill prior to opening night) and also in the cast was Alan Fletcher from ‘Neighbours’ and Babs McMillan.
In 2006, I also travelled Tasmania with the Tasmanian Ballet Company, performing the ‘Nutcracker’. Upon my return to Melbourne, I auditioned for ‘Cats’ and was ecstatic to be offered the role of Victoria, the white cat.
> Where has your involvement in Cats taken you?
I have been performing with Cats from January 2007 to 2010, the current Australian tour. I have been privileged to perform in beautiful theatres in Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Thailand, Taiwan and Korea. I have performed the role of Victoria for 450 shows and currently my new role is Sillabub. While in Beijing, I was invited to perform at the prestigious Red Carpet Jackie Chan Charity Event and sang my part of ‘Memory’ in Chinese dialogue.
I love performing the role of Sillabub, because not only do I dance, I feel honoured to sing with Grizabella, who sings Memory (the well-known, beloved ballad).
> What is it like performing throughout Australasia?
It is fantastic to perform in Australia in front of family, friends, my dance/singing teachers and the Australian public. To date, Cats the musical has performed in Brisbane and is currently performing in Adelaide to full houses. Our next city is Melbourne, followed by Perth and finishing in Sydney.
I am humbled and realise how fortunate I am to be able to perform in the Australian cast of Cats 30 year anniversary.
> How intense is your training schedule?
In Australia, we perform 8 shows per week, with 2 shows on Wednesday and Saturday. The show runs for approximately 3 hours, and 5 days prior to opening night, we rehearse up to 10-12 hours per day.
We are also called in for media and publicity events as well as rehearse to cover for various other roles just in case other cast members become sick.
> What are your goals for the future?
My goal is to remain in musical theatre and audition for shows in Australia. I am presently studying nutrition by correspondence, which I hope to complete in 3 years’ time. I have completed numerous acting courses, and this is an avenue I may pursue in the future.
> What advice would you give to aspiring performers?
For young performers wishing to audition for professional roles, I believe you need to be passionate, work hard, listen to people who are positive and you can trust, persevere and learn to accept rejection.
Sometimes, it does not matter how well you can sing and dance; the selection panel may deem you not the right look or fit for that particular role you have auditioned for.
Always remember do not become disillusioned, and believe in yourself. “Have faith in yourself and you will achieve; miracles happen when you believe”.
> Thank you Alyse.