Young star brings magic to stage

Star in the making: Chipping Norton resident Isabella Colusso, 11, will shine on stage next month at Parramatta's Riverside Theatres. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Star in the making: Chipping Norton resident Isabella Colusso, 11, will shine on stage next month at Parramatta's Riverside Theatres. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

IF CHIPPING Norton's Isabella Colusso seems a little wooden on stage during Parramatta Riverside Theatre's season of Beauty and the Beast next month, she'll be doing her job perfectly.

The 11-year-old will be part of the children's ensemble — assuming the role of a piece of furniture, which has magically been brought to life.

The play, to be staged next month, follows a "tale as old as time" in which a young woman named Belle finds herself imprisoned in a castle with a mysterious Beast.

"I think everyone should see the production," Isabella said.

"Beauty and the Beast will be amazing to watch."

Isabella says she is honoured to be a part of a Pakemin production, and this is her third role with the group.

"Previously, I was involved with Annie the Musical and Candy Man," she said.

"I am really excited to see Beauty and the Beast come together.

"When I was in Annie I would walk on set and actually feel like I was an orphan. These set designs look just as amazing."

Isabella began dancing when she was 3, and has been singing for three years at Glenda Yee School of Dance in Prestons.

"My favourite type of dance is jazz, but I really love musical theatre," Isabella said.

"I want to head towards being a famous singer and have a career performing in musicals.

"At the end of the year I hope to audition for Matilda because I could see myself as a main character."

Her musical theatre teacher, Daniel Assetta, had inspired her to follow her dream.

"He got me singing and dancing at the same time," Isabella said.

"I want to thank my dance teachers, also Neil and Camilla at Packemin for allowing me to have this opportunity, and my mum and my dad."

Details: packemin.com.au.

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