Danielle Mathews, a 2004 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, is the inaugural winner of the ANZ Trustees Foundation: ANZ Rob Guest Endowment Award.
She was one of six promising young performers in a concert commemorating Rob Guest presented by ANZ Private Bank and ANZ Trustees at Her Majesty’s Theatre last night. (Monday).
The six were selected from more than 80 musical theatre performers aged between 18 and 30 who sang in concert before the judges: Producer Jon Nicholls, Director Roger Hodgman and Music Director Guy Simpson.
‘It was a terribly tough decision to make,’ said Jon Nicholls. ‘All six are very fine young performers and Roger, Guy and I have no doubt that they will all make their mark in music theatre. Each of them had particular strengths – singing, acting or simply stage presence – but in the end Danielle’s wonderful voice and her exuberant passion won through.
‘We will be seeing Danielle in principal roles in the future, I’m sure.’ Danielle wins:-
- $1000 cash
- A trip to New York
- Accommodation in New York
- Tickets to musicals on Broadway
- Tuition with industry experts
- An ANZ Financial planning session.
Danielle performed in her own cabaret Inside Out before joining the cast of Respect The Musical in 2007. She has performed in Light the Night in 2007 and Some of my Favourite Things in 2008 before undertaking Big Band Beat with EProductions in Tokyo in 2009. Danielle was a top 40 finalist in the 2009 Australian.
Performing alongside the finalists were Lucy Durack and members of the cast of WICKED; Caroline O’Connor and members of the cast of CHICAGO; Rhonda Burchmore; Marina Prior; Anthony Callea; New Zealand star Tina Cross (singing live to a recording of Rob’s voice); The Australian String Quartet; and Peter Cousens.