Duncraig students to experience Fringe World Festival in musical Maisie

Amelie van Wyk and Teah Steward will perform in Maisie at Fringe World Festival.
Amelie van Wyk and Teah Steward will perform in Maisie at Fringe World Festival.

TWO Duncraig students will experience the glitz and glamour of Fringe World Festival when they perform in Maisie this week.

Amelie van Wyk and Teah Steward, who were in Year 6 and 8 at St Stephen’s School last year, were two of 300 students from across Perth who applied for a role in the musical.

“Three hundred people applied, 100 people auditioned, then only 20 people got in,” Teah said.

“It’s a musical about this princess Maisie but she doesn’t want to be a princess.

“There’s this curse this witch casts on her and she has to find a prince to marry before she turns 16.”

Though there are many Fringe shows catering to a young audience, Amelie said the creators of Maisie were keen to include children as performers.

“They wanted to include children as paparazzi and the ‘witchlings’, which are like itty-bitty little witches that help the witch with her evil stuff,” she said.

The girls aren’t strangers to the world of musical theatre, both performing in ensembles at St Stephen’s School and taking part in a range of shows.

“I’m part of the choir, I used to play viola and I play trumpet currently – I enjoy it very much,” Amelie said.

“I was part of a play in Year 5 – we did Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – and I got a main role in that which was pretty cool.

“I also do musical theatre currently.”

Teah said she used to do a class called Scripted Drama “when I was little” and now she does a more formal drama class.

“I’ve also done a few musicals with the Stirling Players Club,” she said.

Teah said she was most looking forward to the experience “because it will be a very big show when we do it”.

“I’ve done shows before but they haven’t really been big things like in the Fringe Festival,” she said.

Amelie agreed the best part would be the “experience of being part of a big show”, as well as making friends.

Maisie will play on January 18 and 19 at the Subiaco Arts Centre.