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An endless love for musicals

Fourteen years ago, Zandre Messeur’s passion for musicals and drama came to life when she watched Camp Rock.

Now, the 19-year-old is living out her dream as she has been selected to play the character of Jenny Lind in the Barnum musical.

The rising star from Ravensmead told TygerBurger that the production is set to kick off on Wednesday 31 October at the Baxter Theatre.

Messeur is currently a second-year Performing Arts student at Northlink College Panorama. She attended Ravensmead High School.

“Last year, during my first year at college, I took part in the Jesus Christ Superstar musical which was a first for me. I played several characters and also sang. This was when the director noticed that I also have a singing talent as well.

“In June this year, we auditioned for the Barnum musical and I was given the part of Jenny Lind who is a Swedish opera singer. This role is very challenging but also interesting at the same time,” says Messeur.

She explains that practice takes place daily at college until the time the production starts at the Baxter Theatre.

Messeur says her passion for musicals started when she was five years old. “I remember watching Camp Rock and falling in love with musicals. I’ve also always loved singing and often had people telling me to audition for Idols.

“My love for drama and singing is endless. What I love the most is that when I portray a character, I’m in another world.”

In preparation for a role, Messeur explains that she first does a background check on the individual she’s playing. “It takes time and a lot of work, but it is so fascinating.”

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