BIG DREAMS: Former Rockhampton woman Jaime Hadwen is making a name for herself in the performing arts industry and will play one of the lead roles in Bring It On, The Musical at the Gold Coast next year.
BIG DREAMS: Former Rockhampton woman Jaime Hadwen is making a name for herself in the performing arts industry and will play one of the lead roles in Bring It On, The Musical at the Gold Coast next year. Contributed

Former Rocky performer lands lead role in Bring It On

PERFORMER Jaime Hadwen says growing up in the small country town of Bouldercombe gave her something special growing up, that you can't find in the city.

"It 100% shaped me as a person growing up out there, I think it gives me a bit of an edge," she told Pulse yesterday.

The 23-year-old said she's been lucky to land some great performing roles while living in Sydney since graduating from the Australian Institute of Music, including a lead role in Bring It On, The Musical.

Playing the role of Eva, Jaime will be part of the production coming to the Gold Coast direct from its Australian Premiere in Sydney in July.

It will be playing over a two week season from January 8 to 17 next year at The Arts Theatre at The Arts Centre.

This high-energy stage musical is brought to life by a talented cast of 27 who perform explosive dance and aerial stunts, elaborate tumbling and flipping routines that all culminate in heart-stopping towering formations of human pyramids.

Jamie said she definitely felt a bit more pressure performing the musical at the Gold Coast because of its huge cheerleading following.

"We have to do so many lifts and stunts, it's pretty exhausting," she said.

"We have about eight routines and cheer choreography we had to learn in four months, which is quite a lot for us as performers. But it just makes us hungrier to push ourselves to pull it off."

Graduating from Rockhampton Grammar School, Jaime said she was unsure in the beginning whether the performing arts was truly for her, but it didn't take long to confirm it was.

"I like theatre for the audience experience and that anything can happen," she said.

"It's also the connection you get from it, the real human experience whereas behind a camera it's a bit harder. But when I'm performing to a live audience, you feed off them as well, and really get into it."

Having worked on TV sets before, including being an extra on a couple of episodes of Channel 9's Love Child, Jaime said her dream roles would include getting a spot on kid's TV show Hi-Five.

"My dream musical theatre roles would be Glinda in Wicked and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show," she added.

She also had fond memories of performing in her school productions at the Grammar with teacher and musical theatre director Jan Kennedy.

Jaime said she was looking forward to coming home to Rockhampton for Christmas before getting back into rehearsals for Bring It On.



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