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Musical theatre star takes centre stage with scholarship

Proud Gubbi Gubbi woman Sabre is no stranger to the spotlight and with a Young, Black and Proud Scholarship waiting in the wings, she’s ready to take centre stage with a career in musical theatre.

She most recently performed at The J Theatre, Noosa Heads and The Events Centre, Caloundra, in a leading role in their adaptation of the Sound of Music. She’s also currently interning in the show Legally Blonde in Caloundra, Noosa and Rockhampton.

Sparked by a passion for singing early in life, a chance discovery of a musical theatre class set Sabre on the path to becoming the impressive stage performer she is today.

“We tried to join music and calisthenics classes but couldn’t find any that fit our schedule. My mum found some musical theatre classes instead and enrolled my sister and me in them. That’s where my love of performing began”, Sabre said.

Sabre has also been successful in gaining a position in the Broadway Artist Alliance program. She’ll be heading to New York City in 2023 to learn the ropes from the likes of Jeremy Jordan, Sutton Foster, Lin-Manuel Miranda and also Jessie Mueller as course tutors.

Self-care on the stage

Sabre’s involvement in the musical theatre industry turned out to be incredibly beneficial not only for developing her natural talent but also in helping improve her mental health.

“Over the past few years, I have found that theatre has become a sort of therapy for me. I love the way I can express myself in song and dance in ways that I can’t in everyday life.”

Sabre hopes to be able to share that experience with other young people. She envisions developing a program combining therapy with theatre to improve the mental health of young people in the theatre just like her.

Sabre plans to use her scholarship money to help pay for a fully immersive skills-based program at Loic Valmy Broadway Academy in Brisbane. The program teaches skills in areas Sabre has yet to expand into, including music sight reading and tap dancing.

This year we partnered with the Queensland Family & Child Commission (QFFC) again to award 16 scholarships across the South-East Queensland region.

To read all about the awards ceremony and the other winners, click here.

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