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Putting on a fabulous musical show is no drag for Sam

Local Gladstone resident Sam Thompson is holding a spectacular show at Clinton State School Hall on Saturday, February 2.
Local Gladstone resident Sam Thompson is holding a spectacular show at Clinton State School Hall on Saturday, February 2. Chris Chan

GLAMOUR, colour and endless energy - three key ingredients for Broadway theatre that Sam Thompson possesses.

The lively Sam, who recently graduated from Gladstone State High School, will be showcasing his talent on stage at the Clinton State School hall on Saturday from 7.30pm.

The 17-year-old singer, dancer and actor has been passionate about drama since primary school and is mostly self-taught.

"I started singing about two years ago," he said.

Sam said his enthusiasm for acting grew through high school, when he realised he wanted to do it as a career.

"I love the performing side of it," Sam said. "Showing the audiences what you can do and taking them to different places."

One of Sam's loves is drag show performances, and he said Priscilla: Queen of the Desert was his favourite movie and musical.

"I've watched it a thousand times and it's not just because of the drag acts," he said.

"It has such a deeper meaning to it."

Sam will leave Gladstone on February 12 to head to Victoria to study a three-year degree in fine arts in musical theatre.

His show is set to be an extravagant farewell.

Sam will take to the stage with a delightful cabaret performance including a collection of singing, acting, dancing and drag performances.

With countless costume changes, Sam also has a few supporting acts.

The money raised from the show will be put towards his future studies as well as current flood victims.

"Thirty per cent of the profits will go to flood victims," Sam said.

"I was thinking about it and watching the TV and thought, 'I know what I can give it away to - the floods'."

Sam has a passion for the art form of drag performance.

"It's a transformation," he said.

About Sam:

Favourite musicals:

  • Priscilla
  • Book of Mormon
  • Legally Blonde - not a top favourite but still fairly good
  • Mean Girls - soon to be a musical

About the show:

  • When: Saturday
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Where: Clinton State School Hall
  • Cost: $10 at the door

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