Alexandra Duncan on stage in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Alexandra Duncan, Senior Singer of the Year Finalist and winner of the Song from a Musical/ Music Theatre (17 Years) event, shared with Sydney Eisteddfod how her passion for singing came about and what she dares to dream once she finishes school. She also discussed what she has learnt about herself through competing.
Tell us why you love singing.
I have always been a singer. Singing makes me happy and I love to share that feeling by entertaining friends and family.
what inspired you to start singing?
It is not so much a person that inspired me but rather the experience of Musical Theatre. Five years ago, I was fortunate to be cast in the role of 11 year old Jane Banks in the Disney Cameron Mackintosh production of Mary Poppins. I performed that role in 60 shows with some of the greatest talent in the industry. It was an experience that I will cherish as I learned so much and it created a passion in me for performing that has only grown stronger over the years.
Who inspires you and why?
Verity Hunt-Ballad has been a great inspiration to me. I was able to enjoy her role as Mary Poppins first hand. She was and still is such a star. It was a pleasure to work with her for an entire year and watch the audience react to her marvellous stage presence. I am also a huge fan of Sutton Foster and aspire to be a Broadway star like her.
What is the best piece of performance advice you've ever heard?
I always get my best advice from my Mum - she will like that I said that! She always tells me to relax and enjoy the experience. I am confident on stage but I do enjoy the "good nerves" which really are just the excitement of performing.
What have you learnt about yourself through performing in the Sydney Eisteddfod?
Every performance opportunity provides me with a set of circumstances that I can use to improve my skills. Sydney Eisteddfod has wonderful adjudicators that give excellent feedback on performances. Their comments are detailed and as such are very useful. The actual confidence you gain by practicing your performance techniques creates a platform for constant improvement.
What are you hoping to achieve next?
I love live entertainment of any kind. I plan to study music and drama when I graduate from Loreto Kirribilli. Broadway would be the ideal ultimate destination for me!