Gretel Scarlett attributes success to her training in Rocky
WITHOUT years of training in Rockhampton, musical theatre star Gretel Scarlett said she wouldn't be the same performer.
Next year, she'll play Kathy Selden in a national tour of Singin' in the Rain.
But she attributes her success to the good foundation of training she received in her hometown of Rockhampton.
Gretel started dancing as a four-year-old, starting to train with Nerelle Aspinall's Capricorn School of Dancing at five.
"To this day I owe all my dance training, my technique and everything goes to Narelle," Gretel said.
"Her generosity was outstanding for me growing up because I had the opportunities, as a country kid, to be able to dance seven days a week.
"You can't do that in the big cities because people are not available, it's too far for people to drive, it's too expensive for families to invest in their kids' futures and their talents.
"It's a full-time commitment when you get to the big cities financially."
Gretel also trained with singing teacher Christine Netherwood.
"I speak very, very fondly of Rocky," Gretel said.
"It's made me who I am, the performer I am today, but also the person I am today.
"It kept me grounded."
Gretel said being from a small town didn't stop anyone from finding success as a performer.
She said her training in Rockhampton had also prepared her in some ways for the gruelling work which goes into a production with eight shows a week.
"It's mentally, physically and emotionally draining," Gretel said.
"If you're not having a good day, you can't take it out on stage."
Gretel said it was also crucial that every audience member experienced the same level of performance throughout the week.
"Your shows should be consistently exactly the same, your health should be the same, your voice should be the same and that's a challenge when you're doing eight shows a week," she said.