GREAT TALENT: Sophie Capuzzo and Penny Curd at the ENCORE Dance Studio. Dance student Sophie Capuzzo 16-years-old has secured a place in the Australian Musical Theatre Workshop. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
GREAT TALENT: Sophie Capuzzo and Penny Curd at the ENCORE Dance Studio. Dance student Sophie Capuzzo 16-years-old has secured a place in the Australian Musical Theatre Workshop. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Bundy teen has eyes on Broadway

SIXTEEN-year-old Sophie Capuzzo has secured a one in 100 opportunity to be part of the Australian Musical Theatre Workshop.

The ten-day workshop, starting on Monday will be held at Hayward Street Studios in Stafford near Brisbane.

At the event Miss Capuzzo will be mentored by the likes of Kelley Abbey from Fame and Happy Feet, Australian entertainer Rhonda Burchmore from Mamma Mia!, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Rob Mills from Grease, Wicked and Legally Blonde and Gold Logie Award winning actor John Wood from Blue Heelers and The Pirates of Penzance.

"I'm really excited about it, it's a really good opportunity," she said.

"I'm going to be working with so many amazing people."

Miss Capuzzo couldn't pick who she was most excited to work with.

"I don't even know, I love them all, they're just all so amazing," she said.

Miss Capuzzo dreams of doing performance as a career when she finishes school.

"Maybe make it to Broadway some day, I don't know," she said.

The ambitious teen said she her favourite musical was Matilda but for Broadway she'd love to do Wicked or Legally Blonde.

As for the attraction to musical theatre, Miss Capuzzo said it was the mix of elements.

"It has singing and dancing and acting all in one and I like all three so it's really good to be able to have something that incorporates everything," she said.

Miss Capuzzo's dance teacher, Encore Dance Studio principal Penny Curd said the young achiever was "fabulously talented" and extremely deserving of the place in the workshop.

"I'm extremely proud of course, Sophie's a very hard worker," Ms Curd said.

"And she seems to be able to balance her school life and her performing life very well, she's very mature for her age so I'm happy that somebody like that is getting this opportunity.

"It just proves that her hard work and achievements are paying off so that's good."

Ms Curd said Miss Capuzzo had been with Encore Dance Studio for countless years and was a ready part of the family.

"We're all a good family at Encore, when one person is achieving, everyone else is happy so it's good," she said.

"And Sophie's such a lovely girl that everyone's really happy for her. We're all behind her and proud for her to be making her mark."



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