‘Stepford wife’ loves branching out for Boomtown role
BOOMTOWN'S opening night on Thursday is a big day for 300 of Gladstone's most talented folk - but Skye Robertson-Hughes is simply excited.
A singer with Gladstone's Company of Voices, she's playing a 1960s "Stepford wife" in our epic musical Boomtown, and it's a role that she's relished.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed it," she said.
"I do work fulltime in real life, but my husband does work in industry - and the role is a 60s industry wife.
"It's always fun to play a character that's a little bit like yourself, but exaggerated."
Ms Robertson-Hughes has lived in Gladstone for more than eight years, and has previously performed to big audiences in her hometown of Sydney.
"I've been lucky in my opportunities, I've performed in front of big crowds before - but never in an outdoor arena like this!" she said.
And joining the Boomtown cast has been a chance to meet new friendly faces in Gladstone.
"My husband is a local, he was born and bred here - and it's always nice to meet more of that community," she said.
"I'm involved in a lot of things in Gladstone, and it's been nice to branch out and make that circle larger through Boomtown."
Boomtown is on at the spectacular foreshore stage at Gladstone Marina from Thursday until Sunday.
The free performances are from 6.30pm to 8pm.
Audience members are being advised to arrive early, and bring picnic blankets.
And Ms Roberston-Hughes said locals and newcomers alike should be ready to discover more about their town.
"It's a little bit cheeky and tongue-in-cheek. I was surprised by what I've learnt about Gladstone's history."