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Local talent wins through to Los Angeles stage show

Friday, 27th August, 2010

* (From left) Catherine Bransdon (14) and Shannon Swart (14) at their audition in Dubbo. * (From left) Catherine Bransdon (14) and Shannon Swart (14) at their audition in Dubbo.

Two local girls have earned the chance of a lifetime to perform on the international stage.

Last week Catherine Bransdon and Shannon Swart, both 14, auditioned for a Glee Club Australia tour to Los Angeles in December.
The Glee Club Australia Tour is being launched by the Australian Institute for Performing Arts (AIPA).
Through the tour, AIPA is offering singers and dancers the chance to study with some of Los Angeles' best choreographers, composers, musical directors and vocal coaches and perform in a show for the US market.
This project is a world first with the casting director of Step Up 1, 2 and 3, Richard Mento, flying in for the auditions which were held in Sydney, Perth and Dubbo.
Catherine and Shannon learned this week that they had been accepted for the tour.
Catherine's mother Anne Bransdon said it was a nervous wait for the girls to see if they had got in.
Mrs Bransdon said both girls had a lot of talent.
"Shannon's strength is in singing and Catherine's in dance, but both can carry off a "Triple Threat" which is acting, singing and dancing."
The girls will get to perform at Universal Studios and Disneyland and work with the likes of the musical director, choreographer and casting director of the hit TV show "Glee".
Catherine and Shannon had to sing a song of their choice, take part in an interview and attend an open dance call for the audition.
Catherine sang Under the Milky Way, by The Church, and Shannon sang Perfect Isn't Easy, by Bette Midler, and Before He Cheats, by Carrie Underwood.
Charles Bartley, a contestant from So You Think You Can Dance, was selected to choreograph the audition dance calls in Sydney, Perth and Dubbo and worked alongside Richard Mento.
Mrs Bransdon saw this audition as a great chance to show the talent in Broken Hill.
"This was a fantastic opportunity to show the world what type of talent we have in Broken Hill," she said.
She said the girls are active performers and this played a "huge part" in being their accepted.
"Both girls are established artists in their own right and this is thanks to some great mentors such as Sanny Dougherty, Joy Baldwin, Kristil Cowdrey, Marilyn Harris, Tracey Hicks and Rachel Devoy.
"Opportunities to perform at events such as the Broken Hill Eisteddfod, Broken Hill Choral Festivals, NSW School Spectacular and their individual school events has given the girls the confidence to perform in front of the world's best such as Richard Mento."
As part of this program the girls will attend a boot camp in the September school holidays.
They will fly out to Los Angeles on December 2.


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