A YOUNG Sunshine Coast performer hopes to follow Hugh Jackman's illustrious lead and leave his mark internationally after being accepted into one of the country's top musical theatre courses.
Ben Adams, 20, will soon travel to Perth to begin a three-year stint at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts.
For the Matthew Flinders Anglican College graduate, fame and "pushing the boundaries" of performance are two of the main lures of what he hopes will be his profession.
WAAPA's alumni include Jackman, Lisa McCune, William McInnes and Tim Minchin.
Mr Adams yesterday said he wanted to become a versatile performer like the multi award-winning Jackman.
"That's the dream…to be just like Hugh Jackman," he said.
"To go from musical theatre into movies and maybe TV shows.
"That's kind of the reason I wanted to get into WAAPA - to be confident enough to be able to act on screen as well as stage."
Mr Adams started performing in productions at Matthew Flinders, and since leaving school has appeared in local productions such as Fiddler on the Roof at Noosa Arts Theatre and the Young Ones at Coolum Theatre Players.
But with no formal dance training, he began studying at the Sunshine Coast Academy of Dance Arts in Nambour to improve his chances of being accepted into a leading performing arts institution.
"I'd never (previously) felt confident enough to be able to audition for an actual institution and I'd never done any dance before," he said.
"For musical theatre, you need a bit of dance training.
"So for the past two years I've been studying dance in preparation, I suppose, for an audition like that (WAAPA) because I'd always be singing and acting in school."
Before getting into the Perth-based academy, Mr Adams successfully auditioned for the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University.
He said performing always came naturally to him.
"I find a real sense of satisfaction in being on stage and giving an audience an experience," he said.
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