Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Silver Screen Jazz Brunch; Alinta Chidley and the Hook Turn Orchestra Bring Feast of Classics to Festival

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Silver Screen Jazz Brunch; Alinta Chidley and the Hook Turn Orchestra Bring Feast of Classics to Festival

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Byline: Kate Rasmussen Kate.Rasmussen@dailymercury.com.au

ONE of Australia's best known performers, the charming Alinta Chidzey, is ready to jazz up the Mackay Festival of Arts.

Speaking to the Melbourne-based entertainer ahead of her appearance at the Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts this weekend, Chidzey outlined what the audience can expect to hear at the Friends of the MECC Jazz Brunch and also how it felt to dance beside Hugh Jackman.

But before Hugh Jackman, the story had to start somewhere and Chidzey said her interest in performing began with her family

"When I was 10 I attended my sister's concert at The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (like Fame the movie) where they had singers, dancers and musicians performing and was instantly drawn to the stage," she said.

"I then began training in singing, dancing and acting at a local performing arts school, Centrestage, where they focussed on musical theatre. I continued to study dance at VCASS and landed my first show, Mamma Mia, at the age of 18."

Chidzey has a performance history spanning more than a decade in Australia and is known for her role as Anita in the musical West Side Story, as well as performing alongside Hugh Jackman in his Broadway to Oz tour.

Also a talented actress, she has had roles on shows like Wentworth, Winners and Losers and Neighbours.

But when it comes to picking a favourite talent, the star confesses that she enjoys them all.

"To be honest I love the versatility of performing in musicals, television and concerts and feel like they go hand in hand with each other," she said.

"But I do love the aspect of performing live and connecting to an immediate audience."

It's always been the same, Chidzey says, and remembers always enjoying performing, even if it was just for her family.

"From what I recall, my mother said I always responded to music, whether it be singing or dancing around the house," she said. …

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