Alex Chorley (Австралия)

    From a very young age it was clear that Alex Chorley was destined for the stage. Born in London, his family emigrated to Australia and settled in Sydney when he was only 4 years old. Already putting on shows for people at preschool and in his back yard, Alex began dancing lessons and took to being on stage with ease. At age 6, his parents entered him for his first Eisteddfod competition and after coming away with several trophies, he has never looked back.
    Alex continued to enter Eisteddfods and has to date won a total of 56 first prizes for both singing and speech & drama. In 2009 he had a record year, winning 22 first prizes including a speech and drama championship for 8-11 year olds when he was only 8 at the time. It was then that he was first "spotted" as a singer and asked to sing solo at the Sydney Opera House as part of a schools spectacular concert – again while he was still only 8 years old. As a result of these successes, Alex auditioned for a place at a Performing Arts College and was offered a permanent scholarship to start there the following year.
    2010 saw Alex earning his first professional contract with Opera Australia as part of the boys' chorus of Baz Luhrman's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", performing as a pink gopie or fairy over the Sydney summer season. That year he continued to work hard, winning more Eisteddfod competitions including several medals at the Sydney Eisteddfod, (The McDonalds Performing Arts Challenge) in both acting and singing disciplines. He took AMEB exams in singing, drama and violin, gaining A+s and As for all and was also given the chance to record his first vocal recital as part of 2MBS-FM's "Younger Performer Series".
    And then later that year an opportunity came along that changed his life forever. The Australian production of Disney and Cameron MacKintosh's hit musical "Mary Poppins" had recently opened in Melbourne and was on it's way to Sydney! After 5 days of auditions and an agonising wait over Christmas, it was finally announced that Alex had been cast as one of the 5 Sydney boys playing the part of "Michael Banks". This huge role required many weeks of rehearsals and in late March 2011, he took to the stage, first at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne, and then, a few weeks later, at the Capitol Theatre Sydney, where the show, and Alex remained for the next 8 months, appearing in 54 shows. Performing twice a week and working as a standby on other nights gave him a wealth of knowledge about what it is like to work on a large scale production. It was an amazing experience he will never forget.
    Alongside this, Alex kept up with his studies, and still managed to win both the primary acting (2011) and music (2012) scholarships at his school. He gained an A+ for his AMEB grade 4 singing and an A for his grade 4 violin and also continued with his dance training, learning all genres, although he is the first to admit, ballet isn't his favourite!
    And now in 2012, age 11, life is far from quiet. Working again with Opera Australia, Alex was cast in the Children's Chorus of Graeme Murphy's spectacular "Turandot" for the summer season, completing a run of 18 shows. Shortly afterwards he was given the amazing opportunity to work with the Sydney Theatre Company in their production of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood" directed by Kip Williams and starring Jack Thompson and several other leading lights of Australian theatre. The play ran for 2 months and Alex performed in several roles, sharing the 8 weekly shows with one other boy (the cast of ten took on over 60 roles in total!).
    Alex is a big Doctor Who fan (he is already making plans to star as the 14th or 15th doctor!) and counts Johnny Depp as one of his favourite actors, because of all the crazy characters he portrays. Favourite films include the Matrix trilogy and anything directed by Tim Burton although he has recently developed a fascination with more hand-held camera "documentary" style films like Cloverfield. He likens his comedy style to Jim Carrey ("it drives my parents bonkers!") and he sings very powerfully over a 3 octave range in both head and chest voices. As to what comes next - we will just have to wait and see!
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