LEADING LADY: Sasha Ransley is the lead female role in the upcoming community musical Mikado.
LEADING LADY: Sasha Ransley is the lead female role in the upcoming community musical Mikado. Luka Kauzlaric

From Rick Astley to leading role in Gladstone

FROM performing on cruise ships in London to being appointed the role of leading lady in a Gladstone musical, Sasha Ransley is a performing chameleon.

The real estate agent will play Yum-Yum, a ditzy character in the upcoming community production of Mikado.

Sasha said she was excited to make her debut on the Gladstone entertainment centre stage.

"I feel really chuffed to get the role," Sasha said.

"When you are performing voluntarily it's about the fun and the teamwork."

Singing and acting are her hobbies, she said, and a love of the stage dates back to when she was a little girl.

"I have been singing properly since I was eight," she said.

"I used to sing with my nan and grandad who did gigs at old people's homes.

"I used to do professional musical theatre in London and I was a back-up singer for Rick Astley."

She moved to Australia two years ago with her fiance, looking for a change in career and location.

"We only came here for work but we are both really happy. It's our home now," Ms Ransley said.

"I've been here for a year and a half. I am also part of the Gladstone choir and we do Christmas carols and things like that."

Mikado will be presented over 10 shows from March 20-29. A 25-piece orchestra will accompany the full cast of 37 people.



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