Former Bomaderry resident Natalie Abbott is set to star in a performance she describes as ‘ the musical baby of Spring Awakening and High School Musical’.
Bare The Musical kicks off in Sydney in December and will be Natalie’s first semi-professional gig after her upcoming graduation.
The ex St John the Evangelist Catholic High School student will graduate with a Bachelor of Music Theatre Degree from the Australian Institute of Music in November.
Natalie said while the nerves are building, she’s also very excited to take to the stage in Bare.
“It’s a little bit scary but I’m also delighted I was asked to be in Bare,” she said.
“I didn’t know how much I wanted to perform until I started doing it and now I can't imagine doing anything else.Natalie Abbott
Bare follows a group of Catholic school students grappling with issues of sexuality, identity, drugs and alcohol and the dangers of baring your soul.
Natalie plays year 12 student Nadia McConnell and is relishing the opportunity to play a complicated character.
“We’re very different in that she’s quite angry and aggressive but she’s also a badass so I actually idolise her,” she said.
“She’s strong but she’s also super insecure which is why I think everyone can relate to her – we all have our insecurities.”
Natalie has long had her sights set on a future in the performing arts industry. She received a boost in 2012 as a year 11 student when she received the Bell Shakespeare Regional Performance Scholarship.
In 2015 she played Jane Smart in AIM’s production of ‘Witches of Eastwick’ and has recorded voice overs for the Cleverman’s with ABC.
Natalie is set to feature in all 12 performances of Bare The Musical, including the preview shows on November 30 and December 1 and the following shows from Friday, December 2 to Saturday, December 17.
While the curtains will eventually close on Bare, it won’t be the last we see of Natalie.
“I didn’t know how much I wanted to perform until I started doing it and now I can't imagine doing anything else,” she said.