WHEN a friend suggested Amber Oliver start auditioning for musicals, she didn't expect to fall in love with them.

She's since been involved in five Rockhampton Regional Council productions and is hoping Mary Poppins will make it six.

Auditioning for the ensemble, Amber said the show was a family favourite she grew up watching.

A beauty therapist by day, Amber said performing kept life interesting and had introduced her to many new friends. She said as opening nights for shows approached, it was important to just focus on the show.

Rockhampton Regional Council arts and heritage manager Peter Owens said the show was so popular, auditions had to be extended.

Peter said 50 children and teenagers aged 10 to 16 tried out, with a further 90 adults.

"It's the biggest we've seen in a very long time," he said.

Peter said this was because of the popularity of the musical, as well as Wayne Scott Kermond and Katie Kermond returning to the stage after Evita.



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