MANPAC to host Anything Goes from the Stray Cats Theater Company | Mandurah Courier



FUTURE STAR: Emily Lambert will take on the iconic role of Reno Sweeney. Photo: Deirdre Khoo.

Emily Lambert started performing on stage at her Mandurah Elementary School, and now she is preparing to take on the role of Reno Sweeney, one of the world’s most iconic musical theater roles, at the Mandurah Performing Arts Center.

“When I was younger, I took a few dance lessons on and off,” Ms. Lambert said.

“My quest for talent in school started in grade two and I told my mom I was going to enter the competition.

“She asked me what I was going to sing and I said the national anthem because it was the only song I knew,” she said with a laugh.

“I made it to the talent show grand finale and have been singing ever since.”

Over the years, Ms. Lambert began to take dancing more seriously, taking singing lessons and auditioning for local community theater performances, where she had the opportunity to take on a number of lead roles. .

Ms Lambert, who is in her first year of a bachelor’s degree in musical theater at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), scored the role of Reno Sweeney in Stray Cats Theater Company’s production of Cole’s classic musical. Carry All is well.

“I think it’s such a great show,” she said.

“It’s a product of the day – with that in mind.

“I’ve never played a dancer and dance leader role before – it’s an opportunity of a lifetime and a great skill to have under your belt.

“The music in the show is absolutely amazing – a lot of people watching would recognize the songs because most of them have been turned into jazz standards.”

Ms Lambert added that the character of Reno Sweeney was a powerful role to play.

“Having a prominent wife is just amazing – no one bothers Reno.

“She’s sassy and fun, she’s just great.”

After she and her WAAPA classmates were hit by the COVID lockdowns, Ms. Lambert said she was so grateful that the WA theater is booming.

“It’s a struggle when you’re online but learning a lot of skills – I couldn’t edit videos before, but I can cut a video now and know how to use iMovie,” she said with a laugh. .

“I think for me personally it’s just about seizing every opportunity because we don’t know what the future holds.

“Having access to the studios and everything in WA is so important and it’s really exciting that we can do all of this here when a lot of places in the world can’t.

“I think local theater is a great way to keep people together – right now human contact and positive theater experiences are important.

“The WA Community Theater is going to thrive because we are fortunate to have great venues here like the MANPAC which is such a great venue and we are so lucky to have it here.

All is well opens October 7 and tickets are available through the MANPAC website.


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