From attending workshops and masterclasses on Broadway to performances at Disneyworld and the Junior Theatre Festival (JTF) in Atlanta, Singleton’s Bryon Fletcher has been exposed to a whole new world.
He has been tested, judged, and mentored, by some of the best in the business - including Disney theatrical productions president, Thomas Schumacher, and experienced Broadway performer, Jane Seaman.
Performing various numbers from a range of musicals, like Shrek, the Jungle Book Jnr and Mary Poppins, during a jam-packed three week tour of the United States as a part of Hunter Drama’s International ensemble has been a “massive opportunity” for the talented 15-year-old St Catherine’s Catholic College student.
However, he will get the chance to do it all again in July when he heads back to New York City after being selected in an elite group- the Broadway Junior All-Stars.
The versatile singer, actor, and dancer, has been performing since he was nine years old, and says the Passport to Broadway Program has been a real confidence booster. This is not surprising as during the showcase of the Jungle Book Jnr he performed in front of 6000 people, and it was streamed live to tens of thousands across the world. Besides learning valuable skills like how to stage an authentic fight scene and perfecting the age old art of the quick-change, Byron has come to the realisation a career in musical theatre is in his reach.
“I learnt there is always an opportunity, you just need to keep looking – you never know what is out there,” he says. For now Byron is concentrating on his local role in the latest SATS production - Oliver.
Another former SATS member 25-year-old Andrew Johnston is currently rehearsing for the lead role in Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Florida to be performed on the Norwegian cruise liner ‘Epic’.
Andrew who last year completed a Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts is also a former St Cath’s student. He will be working on the line for seven months while it cruises the Mediterranean.