Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Loving the Theatre Life; Shyness Just Melts Away on Stage

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Loving the Theatre Life; Shyness Just Melts Away on Stage

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Byline: Michelle Gately michelle.gately@capnews.com.au

FROM a young age, Christine Netherwood was always drawn to music, having grown up singing along to the record player.

But it wasn't until high school that she fell in love with musical theatre and performing.

One of Rockhampton's veteran singing teachers, Christine has been involved in the city's performing arts scene since her teens.

She joined her first musical as a Rockhampton High School student, part of the chorus in The King and I.

Christine has been involved in countless productions since then, having joined the Rockhampton Musical Union Choir in 1970.

Eventually, she became a life member and still guides the vocal side of productions annually.

Over the years, Christine has performed in dozens of productions including Hello Dolly, Les MisA[c]rables, My Fair Lady, Annie and Oliver.

Christine said her confidence grew with each new role, letting go of any inhibitions once on stage.

"Basically, I'm a shy person, but I think being able to be somebody else and know you can just perform, you're a different character and all your shyness went," she said.

"Things like that opened up my personality.

"I suppose I became able to speak in front of the choir and in front of people, where I was very shy before."

Christine's reputation as a performer also led to her 30-year teaching career.

"I'd never thought of that," she said.

"I'd always been involved in music, but performing, not teaching or anything like that.

"All of a sudden I started with one (student) and now it's our livelihood."

Christine said the requests for singling lessons started to flow in once she married and became a mother.

It was a time when she was contemplating giving up musical theatre.

But Christine's husband and parents encouraged her to keep performing, knowing she loved the thrill of the stage. …

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