Bigger stage beckons local young talent Emily Newman
EMILY Newman, one of Gladstone's rising stars, has an impressive resume already and she has only just turned 17.
Despite giving many impressive performances before, she said having a leading role in the King and I as Mrs Anna, proved a difficult task in settling the nerves on opening night.
"I was definitely nervous; I was shaking, wanting to give the audience the best show I could," she said.
"When I first saw (the audience), it made me shake even more but then I just got into my character and became someone else so my nerves didn't get me as bad."
Many people from the Gladstone region may fondly recall Emily as Gladys Stone in the massive success that was QMF's Boomtown.
She has also been part of The Boyfriend (a GLOSS production), Honk and Juice and numerous school productions, eisteddfods and monthly performances at Library Square.
Emily's next big production will involve moving to Brisbane to pursue a degree in contemporary and applied theatre.
Speaking to those considering performing, Emily has this advice,"I would say that being involved in something creative gives you a very satisfied feeling when you finish.
"You feel proud that you've accomplished something. Joining the creative arts isn't just something you can do half-heartedly.
"You need a lot of practice if you are really passionate about what you want to do.
"Don't be upset if everything doesn't turn out the way you want straight away; it's something you have to work at."