I HAVE always known I have wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts, and starting classes at Craze Dance Academy in 2005 provided me with valuable experience and a lot of opportunities in my time at Inverell,” Megan Longhurst said.
Last year while living on the Gold Coast Megan completed her Certificate III specialising in group fitness and is now residing in Brisbane enjoying working at Fitness First and Fernwood gyms instructing zumba.
Craze Dance Academy principal Laura King has played an integral role in Megan's development over the years.
“Laura gave me the opportunity to teach zumba at Craze when I was a student there, which helped me build my confidence in instructing,” Megan said.
At the beginning of the year Megan was successful in auditioning for a position in the 2013 Australian Musical Theatre Workshop through Harvest Rain Theatre.
It was a two-week full time workshop consisting of singing, dancing, acting and mentoring from special guests including John Frost, Simon Gallaher, Toni Lamond, Nancye Hayes, Rhonda Burchmore, Jason Coleman and Kelly Abbey.
“The workshop was a real eye opener into the industry and was such a great opportunity to work with such huge theatre identities and choreographers,” Megan said.
In recent months Megan has been rehearsing three nights each week for an original show ‘Billy Buckett’ through the Beenleigh Theatre Group, which shows from the April 26 to May 11.
Megan is part of the ensemble - a doo wop girl and the dance captain.
Recently Megan was given a position at Stagedoor Dinner Theatre playing the role of Mary Ann in ‘Gilligan’s Island the Musical’, which involves five shows a week.
Megan is also planning to venture abroad as she gains more experience.
“I'd really love to be contracted to a cruise line as a show vocalist and I am currently preparing for an upcoming audition,” she said.
“In the meantime I have been
working towards signing to a reputable talent agency.”
The popular performer is proud of her achievements and continues to enjoy the opportunities.
“My training at Craze Dance Academy with Laura has really benefited and prepared me for all projects and auditions I have done,” Megan said.
“It was made very clear in the musical theatre workshop I attended earlier this year how important dance and movement in the theatre industry is these days, no matter how great a singer and/or actor you are.”