A group of St Laurence’s College choral students recently performed on stage with Hugh Jackman as part of his show in Brisbane, The Man. The Music. The Show.  For several weeks, the group of very honoured Year 11 and 10 students have been rehearsing every morning tea and lunch break in preparation for their involvement in the show.

Involved St Laurence’s College students performed in the backing choir with select performers from the Australian Girls Choir, and Hugh Jackman himself, on stage at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre at Boondall for all shows. The event enabled students to work with a professional cast, choreographer and music director John O’Neill from New York.

“Fifteen thousand people all clapping for you at once was a wonderful feeling. All nerves just immediately went as soon as we were on stage. The unity of the cast, band and crew was wonderful,” student Sam Madden said. Assistant Head of Faculty for Music at St Laurence’s College, Dr Anthony Young, said it was a powerful learning experience for staff as well as students involved. “We are incredibly proud of the boys’ performances for such a wonderful on-stage opportunity — a highlight they will all remember as Lauries students,” Dr Young said. “Hugh Jackman himself was a pleasure to work with and provided a great example to our boys of how a famous and highly skilled professional performer should treat others.” Principal Mr Chris Leadbetter said the College was very humbled to be asked to be a part of the show.