Molly Stewart on stage at Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WInkiPoP Media
Molly Stewart has made great strides in 2018 in her musical theatre career alongside her schooling: a balancing act that indicates a true commitment to her passion - performing. Not only has Molly been one of 30 semi-finalists selected from a pool of over 200 entrants to take part in the 2018 Rob Guest Endowment Award, but February 2019 will see her performing in the Wollongong premiere of Heathers The Musical!
With the aim of supporting the next generation of musical theatre stars, auditioning and being assessed by a panel of judges for The Rob Guest Endowment Award is an incredible achievement.
"I have been given a glimpse into the professional musical theatre world, and while it was rather intimidating at times, it was an incredibly rewarding experience that I feel so honoured to have been a part of," Molly said.
Over a two-year period Molly claimed the winning title in The Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year (12-15 years) in 2015 and The Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Singer of the Year (16-25 years) in 2016. This has provided Molly with the confidence and experience needed for auditioning and venturing into unchartered and exciting territory as a performer.
"Being a part of the Singer of the Year events has been very beneficial in my personal growth as a performer. They have given me vital performing experience and confidence that has helped me through auditions and my music HSC," she said.
In her upcoming role as Heather McNamara, also known as the 'weak-willed head cheerleader,' Molly will have the opportunity to explore and generate conversations about some of the darker issues in schools that are played out in the microcosm of Westerburg High School.
"I know it's going to be an incredible production, and my hope is that the audience will leave having experienced a fun, amazing show while also feeling confronted about issues that are still topical today, despite the 80's setting of Heathers," Molly explained.
For Molly the stereotype of the mean popular girl will make for a new character type to add to her existing repertoire, and she is particularly drawn to the development of Heather in relation to the plot, which makes her a meaningful role to play.
"I am always drawn to a character that strongly develops as a person throughout the storyline of the show, which is why Eliza in My Fair Lady and Rose in Dogfight were characters that I became so invested in," she said.
With an impressive performance list to date, Sydney Eisteddfod is delighted to learn what's next on Molly's calendar...