Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Passion and Presence; Mairi Manley Finds out What Drives the Charismatic Casey Donovan to Perform

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Passion and Presence; Mairi Manley Finds out What Drives the Charismatic Casey Donovan to Perform

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DAZZLING

IN 2010, Casey Donovan was cast in the role of Cynthia Macrae in a musical stage production of The Sapphires, which toured Australia through the first half of 2010. Donovan won praise from the critics for her role, which was presented by Company B Belvoir and Black Swan State Theatre Company. She went on to take home the Best Supporting Actress award at the 4th Daegu International Music Festival Awards while on tour with the production in South Korea in July 2010.

In 2011, Donovan reprised her role of Cynthia in another tour of the hit show.

WHEN Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan sang aAin't No Sunshinea at Southern Cross University's NAIDOC Day celebrations recently, she wasn't kidding.

A cutting wind was blowing across the stage she shared with Aboriginal rights activist and co-founder of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy at Canberra's Parliament House, Michael Anderson.

Despite the lack of sunshine and freezing conditions, she brought a warmth to the already vibrant atmosphere created by fellow countrymen and women, both indigenous and non-indigenous.

aWhen I get on stage I become a different person,a she told the Daily News.

aMost people would be surprised to know that I'm really quite shy offstage.a

The talented singer, who won the Australian Idol crown at 16 years old in 2004, last year paid tribute to Mama Cass in a stage production of aFlower Childrena and won critical acclaim for her role in aThe Sapphiresa.

aPlaying Mama Cass was a huge learning curve,a she said.

aI had to do a lot of research and information was hard to come by.

aLuckily I grew up in a family that appreciated all sorts of music, so I was exposed to a very eclectic range of music from country through to pop.

aMama Cass had a great presence and passion on stage. I think I share that a bit.

aMy cheeky side comes out onstage. …

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