Mentone Girls’ Grammar School students, Jessica Leigh (Yr11) and Maddisyn Dixon-Whitbourne (Yr9) will be stepping into the spotlight next year, as part of the orchestra in the Young Australian Broadway Chorus production of ‘Wicked’.
Jessica and Maddisyn will perform alongside a cast of talented young musicians and performers, aged between 15-21, that will bring the magical story to life at the Melbourne National Theatre for a ten performance run in January 2018.
Both girls have been playing the violin, amongst other instruments, for over ten years now and are ecstatic to be involved in one of their favourite Broadway musicals.
Jessica, the School’s newly appointed Music Captain for 2018, said her love for musicals started at Mentone Girls’ Grammar in Year 7.
“Wicked is one of my many favourite musicals, and I am really looking forward to working with so many professionals and embracing the whole involvement, as this is something I wish to do after school. I would love to study music, and possibly music therapy at university, and of course, the real dream would be to travel and play music across the world, as it’s our universal language.”
Since joining Mentone Girls’ Grammar in Year 6, Jessica has been involved in numerous ensembles including Senior Orchestra (current concertmaster), Senior Performing Strings, Senior String Quartet, Senior Wind Symphony, Senior Stage Band and the Saxophone Quartet. She has also been involved in all of the school’s musicals and plays since 2013.
“My most favourable moment of this year would be playing the violin and being Assistant Music Director in the most amusing and exciting orchestra for our 2017 school production of Peter Pan. This orchestra was filled with so many talents, including a few professionals and the endless talents of many students. And of course, working with such an amazing team of people was complimented by the limitless amount of talent on stage.”
Likewise, Maddisyn is currently involved in numerous school bands and also plays in the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra outside of school.
“My absolute dream is to play violin professionally in an international orchestra so hopefully this will help me on my way to achieve this dream. Wicked sounded like such a fantastic opportunity and it’s easily one of my favourite musicals. I really didn't think I would have a chance of being accepted as the standard was very high and the age range was older than me - but I thought it would be good experience, so I was totally amazed when we received the call to be offered to join the orchestra,” said Maddisyn.
Maddisyn and Jessica will start rehearsals in December and will perform in the orchestra of Wicked from Friday 19 January – Sunday 28 January 2018 at the National Theatre, St Kilda.