Cast members from Rockhampton State High School rehearse for this weekend’s performance of A High School Musical at the Pilbeam Theatre.
Cast members from Rockhampton State High School rehearse for this weekend’s performance of A High School Musical at the Pilbeam Theatre. Allan Reinikka

Music brings school to life

FROM ugly duckling to teen heart-throb, Eden Ambrose’s career on stage will hit a high note tonight.

The talented 17-year-old will appear in Rockhampton State High School’s rendition of the popular Disney film, High School Musical, as the male lead Troy Bolton.

But 15 musicals ago Eden first appeared on stage at the tender age of seven as an ugly duckling.

Times have changed, and stepping into actor Zac Efron’s white basketball sneakers as Troy won’t be a stretch for this seasoned performer.

Female lead, Sally Smith, will play Eden’s on-stage flame, Gabriella Montez, at East High School.

The school’s star basketballer Troy and shy Gabriella meet at a New Year’s Eve party only to discover a week later Gabriella is a new student at Troy’s school.

They quickly become close friends and are chosen as the leads for their school musical.

Singing, dancing and acting is second nature to Eden and Sally.

They have both been members of the Rockhampton Musical Union and Rocky’s Youth Choir from childhood.

Sally said High School Musical was probably one of her favourite musicals to perform in, and one people would not want to miss.

“The music makes you feel pumped, it’s so invigorating,” she said.

“Some musicals are so lethargic, but this is so much fun.”

FANTASTIC SHOW

What: Disney’s High School Musical

Who: Rockhampton State High School students

Where: Pilbeam Theatre

When: Tonight 7pm, tomorrow 1pm and 7pm

Cost: adults $25, pensioners and secondary students $21, primary students $17, family of two adults and two children $75



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