Musical theatre star Rachael Beck leads masterclass for Manning youth

ASPIRING young performers from the Manning will work with musical theatre star Rachael Beck during a one-day musical theatre and drama masterclass in Taree.

The Australian Children's Music Foundation ambassador is giving the workshop for seven to 18 year-olds at the Manning Entertainment Centre on Sunday, April 13 from 10am to 5pm.

Rachael is an accomplished singer who has just released her first solo album, a classically trained dancer and an adjudicator for the Sydney Eisteddfod.

She is also is one of Australia's most in demand performers.

Widely known for her performance as Belle opposite Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast, Rachael has also appeared in numerous television productions and concerts.

Her television credits include Sam in Hey Dad for four years and City Homicide.

Other theatre credits include Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes' Cabaret, Fantine in Les Mis rables, Maria in The Sound Of Music, Peg Hartigan in Summer Rain (directed by Robin Nevin) and Kathy Seldon in David Atkins' Singin' In The Rain.

Rachael also appears extensively in the concert and corporate arena, performing with Jeff Wayne on the Australian tour of War Of The Worlds and most recently as Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Spots are still available to the workshop.

For more information go to the Manning Entertainment Centre website: www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/mec

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