Gosnells performer rises above claims she couldn’t sing to gain spot at prestigious academy


Chloe Guadagnino wants a career in musicals. Picture: Bruce Hunt d464178
Chloe Guadagnino wants a career in musicals. Picture: Bruce Hunt d464178

GOSNELLS resident Chloe Guadagnino said she found it hard when she was told she couldn’t sing.

It took a teacher that believed in her and her strong work ethic to land a spot at the prestigious Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts in Leederville.

The 16-year-old will study at the school for two years and finish with an advanced diploma in performing arts specialising in music theatre.

Chloe moved to Southern River College in Year 8.

She said she was originally told she couldn’t sing.

“It was a little bit hard, but at that point of time I didn’t really care that much.”

Chloe said moving to Southern River College meant she began working with music teacher Wallace Gibb, who has helped her on her journey.

Mr Gibb challenged her to sing on stage and she fell in love with theatre and started attending specialist classes.

She would go to a musical theatre school at Guildford Grammar School called Stage Coach, where she spent every Friday afternoon and evening studying and honing her skills and had to catch two buses and two trains and walk four kilometres every Friday to attend.

Chloe has since performed at school events, weddings, musicals and community events.

She said moving to the new school would be a scary but exciting experience.

As part of the move, she will complete two years at the college, which focuses mainly on the practical side, with some theory as well.

Her dreams are to one day be involved in musicals.

“My favourite musical is Les Miserables; it was the first musical I went to see,” she said.

“It has a strong storyline.”