BALLARAT performer Molly Fry has been accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s integrated musical theatre program in New York.
This comes after performing the lead role in Ballarat Lyric Theatre's Phantom of the Opera and before she hits the stage next week for Ballarat Clarendon College senior school musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
“It’s all been really unexpected. I just love performing arts,” Miss Fry said. The year 12 student said she had always loved singing, but only started acting and dancing in year 7.
“Over the past couple of years, I’ve started to consider this could be a career that I could pursue.
“The acceptance into the school really consolidates that, that this could be my career.”
Ms Fry will begin to work to fundraise, in the hope of going next year.
“It was a really long audition process. I had to prove my academic ability as well as performance ability with essays, and letters of referral. I wanted the experience of audition, but I got in.”
She said it would be an amazing opportunity and hoped it could come together so she could go.
She said each show she performed in, she could feel herself improve.
Rosemary, her character in the Clarendon musical was a sweet secretary, who she enjoyed playing very much, she said.
Musical director Michael Harrop said it was one of the biggest productions the school had tackled, with a cast of 45 students and another 15 in the orchestra. He said the school tackled the show in light of its recent success on Broadway and the way it showcased the schools’ lead talent.