Byron Fletcher’s first steps to becoming an international star on Broadway all began in 2011 whilst he was taking singing and vocal lessons with Chris Maxfield, himself an actor and the former chief executive of Newcastle based National Theatre Company.
Since that time the talented high school student has performed in the United States on Broadway and is set to return again to that famous location later this year.
He takes his theatrical talent from his father, Tony Fletcher who was auditioning for a lead role in the Metropolitan Players Company show Oliver and encouraged Byron to audition for the chorus.
“It was the very first show I ever did and I knew that this was something that was going to stay with me,” says Byron.
Last year he toured the US with Hunter Drama’s International ensemble in early January, exposing him to a whole new world of theatre and the wonderful opportunities available on the biggest stage in the world namely Broadway.
He stood out from the rest of the squad and was selected to be apart of the Broadway Junior All stars – an elite two week Broadway program held in July – without any audition.
Bryon seized the opportunity with gratitude and put forward a scholarship application to the company and with great success the company offered him a full scholarship paying for the entire cost of the program.
“This provided an opportunity for me that will benefit and push me in this career path, so straight away I accepted the scholarship without any hesitation. This is what I want to do,” said Byron
Since returning home, he has began his senior years at St. Catherine’s College preparing for his HSC exams and performances in the oncoming two years.
He has also picked up private ballet and tap lessons at a dance school in Newcastle to furtherexpand his performing arts skills to become a jack of all trades.
This year, Byron contacted the company asking to audition via video and the company was ecstatic that he wanted to come back. Straight away Byron auditioned and successfully got into the elite international squad of 30 cast members yet again.
Byron has lodged an application for another scholarship and is in hope to receive one to minimize the cost, regardless he will be attending the program again over the July school holidays.