Inspired by the Sound of Music growing up, 18-year-old Western Chances scholarship recipient Tayla Muir has just finished a run playing the role of Joanne in the Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse production of Rent.
Laverton local Tayla Muir lives and breathes musical theatre.
“I love watching professional shows when I get spare time to inspire and motivate me, but also for the joy of watching a live performance. I try to partake in as many performances as I can to get experience and exposure.”
Receiving her first Western Chances scholarship in 2013, Tayla has made the leap into pursuing her career in musical theatre having recently been accepted to study her diploma at Swinburne University’s Left Leg Studios musical theatre company.
Tayla’s passion for live performance started at a very young age when she landed her first role through her local theatre company.
“I remember my mum telling me that an amateur theatre company were holding auditions for The Sound of Music and that I could audition if I wanted to. I was very nervous for the audition but I was very excited to find out I would be playing the role of Gretel in my first musical.”
Tayla has recently completed a run in a much more mature role playing the pivotal role of Joanne in the Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse production of Rent. Tayla said her experience in the cast was both inspiring and humbling, and a fantastic learning experience.
“It is such a joy and inspiration to go to rehearsals every week and be around so many incredible people. Being one of the younger cast members, it was so great to have so many talented older cast members to look up to and be inspired by.”
Beyond her current studies, the rising star dreams of international stardom.
“My big dream for the future is to perform in professional shows around Australia and maybe one day overseas on the west end or Broadway. You have to dream big!”
As she makes her way to Broadway, Tayla shares her thoughts on breaking into acting with other young saying hard work and a love of what you do is key.
“I would say if you're someone wanting to become a performer, give it everything you've got and don't give up. Take lots of lessons, go to as many master classes and industry nights and get your name out there. It took me a while to learn this but once I did I became a better performer because of it. Most importantly, remember how much you love doing what you do.”
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Image courtesy Tayla Muir
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