Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Wizard to Woolooga; CHRISTINE HARCH Spends a Delightful Morning Chatting with the Very Talented Helen Walsh Who Is Home at Woolooga, Taking a Break from the Footlights of London

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Wizard to Woolooga; CHRISTINE HARCH Spends a Delightful Morning Chatting with the Very Talented Helen Walsh Who Is Home at Woolooga, Taking a Break from the Footlights of London

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Coming from cosmopolitan London to the wilds of Woolooga might have been a real culture shock for musical theatre performer Helen Walsh, had she not been born and raised in the picturesque South Burnett township.

She might also have been horrified at having to drive to Woolooga's transfer station (aka the dump) to get reception on her i-Phone but the born again local thought that was hysterically funny.

The former Kilkivan State School and St Patrick's student was enjoying a sabbatical in her home town while taking a break from London's famous theatre stages.

After completing Year 12, Helen headed to the University of Southern Queensland to study music, majoring in voice a or more specifically opera a and she'd had two years with the late Brian Goldburg's Gympie's Musical Union. From there she worked with the Brisbane Light Opera Company which no longer exists.

Helen was also a student of Gympie's music icon Elizabeth Reid and says Elizabeth was a tremendous help when she was studying for exams prior to enrolling at university.

After a stint at Movie World, Helen went to Sydney for an audition and got a role in her afirst big showa South Pacific a and the rest, as they say, is history.

All these years and experience later, Helen still remembers her first time in front of an audience of about 2500.

aIt was like Oh My God. I was a real country girl, not very worldly and now I cannot believe how different it feels.a

Helen's first lead role was in Hello Dolly with Jill Perryman, Warren Mitchell and John Bowles then it was off overseas to Asia for the next four years with Les Miserables.

Before the bright lights of London beckoned, Helen had roles in Cats, Pirates of Penzance with Simon Gallagher and Mama Mia.

aAfter 15 years of living out of a suitcase, I came back to Woolooga for a break and then I did Mama Mia for three years in Australia and Asia and then decided to go overseas.

aI can't say I've been bored in my life.

aBeing back in Woolooga is great.

aIt's very nice to have peace and quiet. The weather is good and I've been able to plant some vegetables.

aBeing back is ticking all the boxes for a sabbatical and I'm enjoying the quiet life for a while. …

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